Minnesota Twins vs. Texas Rangers
The Texas Rangers and the Minnesota Twins meet on Friday for game one of their series in Arlington. The Rangers are -135 favorites over the Twins with an over/under run total set at 10.
The Texas Rangers have the most wins of any team in baseball but they are looking to bounce back from being swept for the first time this season as they return home from Chicago. Texas is 5-5 in their last 10 games, 27-15 at home this season, and they have a 4.5 game lead in the A.L. West. As a team the Rangers are hitting .283 with Adrian Beltre hitting .325, Josh Hamilton hitting .316, and Elvis Andrus hitting .298. As a team the Rangers pitching staff has an ERA of 3.88 with the starters at 4.15 and the bullpen at 3.31. For game one against the Twins Texas starts Martin Perez who will be making just the third Major League appearance of his career. For the season Perez has allowed nine hits and six earned runs while striking out six over six innings of work for a 9.00 ERA.
The Minnesota Twins are improving but this is a team that clearly still has a way to go until they are competitive on a daily basis. The Twins are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 18-22 on the road this season, and they are 10 games back in the N.L. Central. As a team the Twins are hitting .257 with Joe Mauer hitting .330, Ryan Doumit averaging .281, and Denard Span hitting .275. As a team the Twins pitching staff has a team ERA of 4.96 with the starters at 5.90 and the bullpen at 3.57. For game one at Texas Minnesota starts Francisco Liriano who looks rejuvenated since returning from the DL. For the season Liriano has allowed 69 hits and 46 earned runs while striking out 76 over 76.2 innings of work for a 5.40 ERA.
Texas is 5-1 in their last six home games against a team with a losing record, 16-7 in their last 23 games overall, and 39-17 in their last 56 home games as a favorite. Minnesota is 5-2 in their last seven games overall, 4-1 in their last five games against the A.L. West, and 1-5 in Liriano’s last six road starts. Texas has won the last four meetings of these two.
While Minnesota isn’t winning a lot they are playing tougher every week and with the edge on the mound here they deliver a loss to the Rangers.
Minnesota Twins +115 Texas Rangers