Minnesota Twins vs. Los Angeles Angels
The Minnesota Twins look to bounce back from yet another horrible loss as they host the Los Angeles Angels in game two of their series. The Angels are -150 favorites over the Twins with the over/under total set at 7 runs.
The Minnesota Twins appeared to have the win well in hand on Friday Night but they melted down and let it get away taking a tough loss. Alexi Casilla had three hits and scored twice, Jason Kubel had two hits and drove in three runs, and Justin Morneau and Danny Valencia each had a pair of hits as the Twins scored five runs off of 12 hits on Friday. Scott Baker allowed six hits and struck out six over seven scoreless innings but the bullpen let it get away as Alex Burnett and Dusty Hughes let in two runs each without retiring a batter and Jim Hoey was charged with the blown save and the loss allowing four hits and two runs in an inning of work. On Saturday the Twins will try and bounce back as they send Francisco Liriano to the mound for the start. Liriano has a no hitter this season and for the season he has allowed 39 hits and 31 earned runs while striking out 34 in 48.2 innings of work.
The Los Angeles Angeles trailed 5-0 as the game entered the eighth inning on Friday but they never gave up and rallied for the win. Erick Aybar had two hits including a three run homer, Bobby Abreu had two hits and scoed a run, and Torii Hunter had three hits and scored the game winner as Albert o Callespo drove him in on one of his three hits. Tyler Chatwood allowed eight hits and four runs over 5.2 innings of work and Hisanori Takahashi allowed two hits and a run while striking out two in an inning of work but it was Scott Downs who got the win after pitching two-thirds of an inning and Jordan Walden got his 11th save of the year after pitching the ninth inning. For Saturday’s game Los Angeles goes with Jered Weaver who has lost his last four decisions. For the season Weaver has allowed 59 hits and 20 earned runs while striking out 70 over 76.2 innings of work.
Minnesota is 3-8 in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record, 6-15 in their last 21 game two of a series, and 0-4 in their last four Saturday games. Los Angeles is 2-5 in their last seven road games, 10-3 in their last 13 against the AL Central, and 1-4 in Weaver’s last five starts. Los Angeles is 6-2 in their last eight meetings in Minnesota.
While both of these pitchers have been inconsistent, the better bet to come around is Weaver who hasn’t been the same since getting sick earlier this year. I’ll take the Angels minus the 150.
Los Angeles Angels -150 Minnesota Twins