The Boston Red Sox will be taking on the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. New England Sports Network will be televising this AL showdown and the game gets going at 8:10 p.m. ET.
Boston Red Sox vs. Minnesota Twins Odds
Boston (-145) is favored against Minnesota (+135) and oddsmakers have put the Over/Under for this night game at 8.5 runs. Odds for betting on the games total sit at -120 for the under and +100 for the over. Bettors can also wager on the games runline with the current odds coming in at Red Sox -1.5 runs (+100) and Twins +1.5 runs (-120).
The Twins are 39-29 against the spread (ATS), despite being 32-37 straight up (SU). The teams lost 7.4 units for bettors taking the moneyline while earning 8.3 units (ATS). Minnesota has a – ATS mark over its last seven games and the . The Red Sox have gone 49-25 SU this year and are 41-32 ATS. Overall, the teams gained 13.7 units for gamblers taking the moneyline and 8.4 units ATS. Boston is – ATS over its last seven games and the .
Twins games have an over/under record of 31-35-2 thus far in 2018. The Red Sox have an over/under record of 34-37-2.
David Price is getting the start for the visiting Red Sox. The left-handed Price is 8-4 with a 3.76 ERA and 79 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Twins this year and only made one start against them in 2017 (1-0, 3.86 ERA and seven strikeouts across seven innings).
The Twins will turn to righty Lance Lynn (4-5, 4.98 ERA), who has 71 strikeouts and 41 walks to his credit as well as a 1.60 WHIP. Lynn made two starts against the Red Sox in 2017, putting together a 0-1 record with a 2.25 ERA and seven strikeouts.
As a unit, Minnesota’s pitchers have allowed 4.3 runs per game overall in 2018. The teams starting pitching staff has an ERA of 4.14, a WHIP of 1.31 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 8.8. The bullpen has a 4.04 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 9.0 K/9.
The Minnesota hitters are putting up 4.3 runs per outing, including 4.1 per game over its last 10 games and 4.6 per game over their last five. The team has a slash-line of .240/.298/.389 over its last five games and is 3-2 SU during that stretch.
The Twins batters have been led by left fielder Eddie Rosario and shortstop Eduardo Escobar. Rosario is slashing .316/.354/.571 with 16 home runs, 46 RBIs, 51 runs and six stolen bases, and Escobar’s line is .305/.355/.582 with 12 homers, 48 RBIs and 35 runs.
For the visiting squad, Boston’s pitchers have allowed 3.6 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 3.61 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 9.76 K/9. The bullpen has logged a solid ERA of just 3.17, along with a K-per-9 of 9.69.
The Red Sox offense has slashed .261/.330/.450 on its way to 5.0 runs scored per game in 2018, including 3.8 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 3.8 per game over the teams last five outings (2-3 SU).
J.D. Martinez and Andrew Benintendi continue to lead Boston’s offense. Martinez is hitting .317/.388/.630 with 22 home runs, 55 RBIs and 46 runs scored, while Benintendi is hitting .295/.380/.534 with 12 homers, 47 RBIs, 51 runs and 12 steals.
Boston Red Sox vs. Minnesota Twins Free MLB Tip
Predictions: SU Winner – Red Sox, ATS Winner – Red Sox, O/U – OVER
- Boston has recorded nine extra-base hits over its last five contests. Minnesota has 18 XBH over its last five.
- The Twins have won three of their last four games SU.
- Minnesota has posted 19.1 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 20.6 over its last five.
- The Red Sox have hit 12 home runs in their last 10 games. The Twins have hit seven over their last 10.