Los Angeles Angels vs. Minnesota Twins
The Los Angeles Angels return home as they face the Minnesota Twins in game one of their series in Anaheim. The Angels are -171 favorites over the Twins with an over/under run total set at 7.5.
The Los Angeles Angels continue their chase of the Texas Rangers in the American League West with 52 games left to play in the regular season. The Angels are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 28-23 at home this season, and two games out in the A.L. West race. As a team Los Angeles is hitting .251 led by Howie Kendrick at .300, Alberto Callespo at .292, and Erick Aybar at .283. As a team the Angels pitching staff has an ERA of 3.36 with the starters at 3.34 and the bullpen at 3.42. For game one against the Twins Los Angeles starts Ervin Santana who had a complete game no hitter in his last outing striking out 10. For the season Santana has allowed 132 hits and 57 earned runs while striking out 123 in 148 innings of work.
The Minnesota Twins don’t have the word quit in their vocabulary but even so they don’t seem to be gaining any ground in the American League Central. The Twins are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 24-33 on the road this season, and seven games back in the division race. As a team Minnesota is hitting .251 led by Michael Cuddyer at .298, Joe Mauer at .296, and Alexi Casilla at .259. As a team the Twins pitching staff has an ERA of 4.37 with the starters at 3.34 and the bullpen at 3.42. For game one at the Big A Minnesota starts Brian Duensing who has won four of his last five decisions. For the season Duensing has allowed 132 hits and 58 earned runs while striking out 85 in 120 innings of work.
The Angels are 5-0 in their last five home games against a left handed starter, 9-4 in their last 13 games against a team with a losing record, and 5-2 in Santana’s last seven home starts. Minnesota is 9-4 in their last 13 games following a loss, 2-5 in their last seven games against a right handed starter, and 2-6 in Duensing’s last eight road starts. Minnesota is 4-1 in their last five games in Los Angeles.
While Santana is traditionally very tough in the second half of the season and even tougher at home over that same stretch, most pitchers seem to have a hangover after big outings and getting this type of value on Minnesota who traditionally plays the Angels tough it looks like a reasonable spot to take a shot on a dog with some real value. Take the Twins plus 150.
Minnesota Twins +150 Los Angeles Angels