San Francisco Giants vs. Minnesota Twins
The San Francisco Giants and the Minnesota Twins face off on Friday inn San Francisco for game one of the weekend’s only interleague series. The Giants are -165 favorites over the Twins with an over/under run total set at 7.
The San Francisco Giants lead the NL West and have been getting it done every way doing whatever it takes. The Giants are 14-8 at home this season, 6-4 in their last 10 games, and they have a three game lead over the Rockies in the division standings. As a team the Giants are hitting .245 with Angel Pagan hitting .313, Hunter Pence hitting .286, and Buster Posey hitting .278. The Giants pitching staff has an ERA of 3.16 with the starters at 3.63 and the bullpen at 2.28. For game one against the Twins the Giants start Tim Lincecum who took the loss in his last start. For the season Lincecum has allowed 60 hits and 26 runs while striking out 52 over 49.1 innings for a 3-3 record and a 4.74 ERA.
The Minnesota Twins are quietly putting together a solid start to the season and while the Tigers lead the AL Central, the Twins are far from out of the post season. The Twins are 11-10 on the road, 7-3 in their last 10 games, and they have won their last two games. As a team the Twins are hitting .248 with Kurt Suzuki hitting .303, Joe Mauer hitting .283, and Jason Kubel and Trevor Plouffe hitting .257. As a team the Twins pitching staff has an ERA of 4.51 with the starters at 5.00 and the bullpen at 3.70. For game one against the Giants the Twins start Kyle Gibson who is coming off of a win that ended a personal three decision losing streak. For the season Gibson has allowed 46 hits and 21 earned runs while striking out 21 over 45 innings for a 4-3 record and a 4.20 ERA.
San Francisco is 8-3 in their last 11 home games against a team with a winning record, 18-8 in their last 26 games overall, and 12-4 in Lincecum’s last 16 starts. Minnesota is 5-1 in their last six games, 3-8 following an off day, and 2-7 in their last nine interleague games. Minnesota is 1-4 in their last five games.
We should see some scoring in this one and I like the over