Minnesota Twins vs. Texas Rangers
The Minnesota Twins and the Texas Rangers face off ion Friday in game two of their series at Target Field. The Rangers are -115 favorites over the Twins with an over/under run total set at 8.5.
The Minnesota Twins lost for the second time in a row on Thursday but they still are very much in the thick of things in the AL Central. Trevor Plouffe had two hits and Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer each had hits as the Twins scored just one run, a home run by Josh Willingham, on eight hits. On the mound Vane Worley allowed six hits and two runs while striking out five over five innings to take the loss and go to 0-3 on the year. For Friday’s game Minnesota starts Scott Diamond who got his first win of the season in his last start. For the year Diamond has allowed 12 hits and five earned runs while striking out six over 10.1 innings for a 1-1 record ad a 4.35 ERA.
The Texas Rangers didn’t have much offense on Thursday but they didn’t need it as they managed to do enough to get the win. Ian Kinsler had three hits, Nelson Cruz had two hits, and Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre each had hits as the Rangers scored two runs on 10 hits. On the mound starting pitcher Nicholas Tepesch allowed five hits and a run while striking out just one over 6.2 innings to get the win and go to 2-1 on the year and Joe Nathan earned his seventh save. For Friday’s game Texas starts Justin Grimm who makes his third start of the year. For the season Grimm has allowed 11 hits and three earned runs while striking out 11 over 10 innings of work for a 2.70 ERA.
Minnesota is 5-2 in their last seven games overall, 16-36 against the AL West, and 1-6 in Diamond’s last seven home starts. Texas is 6-1 in their last seven games, 4-1 in their last five games against a left handed starter, and 3-8 in their last 11 game two of a series. Texas is 6-1 in the last seven meetings of these two.
I expect plenty of scoring in this one and my pick is on the over.