Minnesota Twins vs. Texas Rangers
The Minnesota Twins and the Texas Rangers face of on Monday at Target Field for game one of their series. The Rangers are -115 favorites over the Twins with an over/under run total set at 9.
The Minnesota Twins are a game under .500 for the season but they are still in the thick of things in the AL Central. The Twins are 12-11 at home, 5-5 in their last 10 games, and they have lost three games in a row. As a team the Twins are hitting .245 with Kurt Suzuki hitting .293, Joe Mauer hitting .285, and Brian Dozier hitting .251. The Twins pitching staff has an ERA of 4.51 with their starters at 5.04 and the bullpen at 3.61. For game one against the Rangers the Twins start Kevin Correia who is coming off of a win in his last start. For the season Correia has allowed 63 hits and 35 earned runs while striking out 26 over 48.1 innings for a 2-5 record and a 6.52 ERA.
The Texas Rangers have suffered a few setbacks this season but they enter this series with a .500 record. The Rangers are 12-12 on the road, 5-5 in their last 10 games, and they have won their last two games. As a team the Rangers are hitting .264 with Alex Rios hitting .316, Shin-Soo Choo hitting .310, and Leonys Martin hitting .277. The Texas pitching staff has an ERA of 4.37 with the starters at 4.45 and the bullpen at 4.24. For game one at Minnesota the Rangers start Nick Tepesch who bet Seattle in his last start. For the season Tepesch has allowed seven hits and four earned runs while striking out 12 over 11.2 innings for a 1-0 record and a 3.09 ERA.
Minnesota is 5-1 in game one of a series, 6-2 in their last eight home games, and 2-9 in Correia’s last 11 home starts. Texas is 5-1 in their last six games, 6-2 against the AL Central, and 5-2 in Tepesch’s last seven starts. Texas is 1-4 in their last five games against Minnesota.
The total in this one is set at nine but we have two teams who can swing the bat and I like the over.