Minnesota Twins vs. San Diego Padres
The Minnesota Twins go for the sweep of their weekend series as the host the San Diego Padres for game three at Target Field. The Twins are -165 favorites over the Padres with an over/under run total set at 7.5
The Minnesota Twins are trying to get back into the American League Central race as they have won six games in a row and eight of their last 10. On Saturday Danny Valencia homered to provide the only Twins run and it proved to be enough as Luke Hughes had two hits, Michael Cuddyer had a hit that were part of six total hits. On the mound starter Scott Baker allowed just four hits while striking out 10 over eight scoreless innings and Matt Capps pitched the ninth to pick up his 11th save of the year. For Sunday’s game Minnesota starts Francisco Liriano who flirted with his second no hitter of the season in his last start. For the year Liriano has allowed 44 hits and 32 earned runs while striking out 50 over 61.2 innings of work on the mound.
The San Diego Padres have lost four games in a row and have gone just 2-8 in their last 10 as they are 10 games back in the NL West and 12 games under .500. On Saturday the Padres had just four hits total with two each by Chris Denorfia and Will Venable while Chase Headley struck out three times as the Pads put the doughnut on the board. Tim Stauffer pitched well allowing just six hits and run while striking out five over seven innings of work taking his fifth loss of the year. For Sunday’s game San Diego looks to end their losing streak and avoid the sweep as they send Dustin Moseley to the mound for the start. For the season Moseley has allowed 78 hits and 27 earned runs while striking out 37 in 77 innings of work.
Minnesota is 13-2 in their last 15 games overall, 16-6 in their last 22 interleague games against a right handed starter, and 1-6 in Liriano’s last seven home starts. San Diego is 8-2 in their last 10 games after losing the first two games of a series, 1-5 in their last six road games, and 2-5 in Moseley’s last seven starts. San Diego has lost the last five meetings of these two.
The Twins have momentum right now and they believe they can win and they are backing it up on the field while the Padres are headed in the other direction. I like the Twins minus the 165 today.
Minnesota Twins -165 San Diego Padres