Texas Rangers vs. Minnesota Twins Betting Preview 06/22/18

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The Texas Rangers will head north to face the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Fox Sports North will be televising this AL matchup and the game gets going at 8:10 p.m. ET.

Texas Rangers at Minnesota Twins Odds

Minnesota (-125) is the favorite over Texas (+115) and oddsmakers have put the Over/Under for this night game at nine runs. The odds for wagering on the game’s total stand at -110 for the over and -110 for the under. Gamblers can also wager on the game’s spread with the current runline odds coming in at Rangers +1.5 runs (-180) and Twins -1.5 runs (+160).

The Rangers are just 32-44 SU and are 35-41 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 2.3 units for gamblers taking the moneyline and 11.9 units ATS. Texas has covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in five of those seven. The Twins, on the other hand, are 33-38 SU and 41-29 ATS. The team’s lost 4.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline while gaining 10.4 units ATS. Minnesota has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the under has cashed in four of those seven.

Twins games have had an over/under record of 32-36-2 so far in 2018. Texas has an over/under record of 34-37-5.

Mike Minor is getting the nod for the visiting Rangers. The southpaw Minor is 4-4 with a 5.35 ERA and 62 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Twins this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Twins are sending righty Fernando Romero (3-2, 4.17 ERA) to the mound. Romero has 40 punchouts and 17 walks to his name, as well as a WHIP of 1.39. Romero did not record any MLB pitching stats in 2017.

Texas’ pitching staff allowed 5.3 runs per game and its starters own a 5.46 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 6.72 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.73, along with a K/9 of 8.22.

Rangers hitters have slashed .232/.320/.391 on their way to 4.3 runs scored per game in 2018, including 5.3 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 6.2 per game over the team’s last five outings (5-0 SU).

Texas’ hitters have been paced by Shin-soo Choo and Nomar Mazara. Choo is slashing .277/.388/.468 with 13 home runs, 32 RBIs and 45 runs scored, while Mazara has a .276 average with 14 homers, 47 RBIs and 40 runs scored.

For the home team, Minnesota’s pitching staff has allowed 4.4 runs per game overall this year. The team’s starters have an ERA of 4.07, a WHIP of 1.31 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 8.7. The bullpen has a 4.17 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 9.0 K/9.

Minnesota’s offense is putting up 4.3 runs per contest, including 4.4 per game over its last 10 games and 4.4 per game over its last five. The team’s hit .248/.316/.422 over its last five contests and is 3-2 SU during that span.

Left fielder Eddie Rosario and shortstop Eduardo Escobar have led the way for the Twins’ offense this year. Rosario is hitting .320/.359/.579 with 16 home runs, 46 RBIs, 52 runs and six stolen bases, and Escobar’s line is .299/.351/.575 with 12 homers, 48 RBIs and 35 runs.

The Rangers have lost 0.1 units and are 24-28 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in 21 of those games, compared to 29 that’ve gone under against right-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Twins have lost 1.9 units and are 12-8 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher. The over’s hit in seven of those games, as opposed to 13 which went under the total.

Texas Rangers at Minnesota Twins Free Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Twins, ATS Winner – Rangers, O/U – UNDER

Betting Notes,

  • Texas has logged 13 extra-base hits over its last five games. Minnesota has 20 XBH over its last five.
  • Texas has posted 23.1 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 24.6 over its last five.
  • The Rangers have hit seven home runs in their last 10 games, including four over their last five.