Minnesota Twins vs. Texas Rangers Betting Preview

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The Minnesota Twins are ready to face off against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park. The game gets underway 8:05 p.m. ET and Fox Sports North will be airing this AL matchup.

Minnesota Twins vs. Texas Rangers Odds

Minnesota (-125) is entering this game as the favorite over Texas (+115) and Vegas has the Over/Under for this night game at 10.5 runs (+100 for the over and -120 for the under). Bettors can also wager on the game’s runline with the most recent odds sitting at Twins -1.5 runs (+120) and Rangers +1.5 runs (-140).

The Twins have gone 63-71 SU this year and are 69-64 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 10.2 units for moneyline bettors, despite having gained 1.1 units ATS. The Rangers, on the other hand, are 58-77 SU and 66-68 ATS. The team’s lost 2.5 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 6.0 units ATS.

Texas games have a 61-63-10 over/under record in 2018. The Twins have an over/under record of 63-67-3.

Jose Berrios will get the nod for the visiting Twins. The right-handed Berrios (11-9, 3.74 ERA) has recorded 165 strikeouts in 163.2 innings so far. He’s 1-0 with 12 strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA against Texas this year.

The Rangers will turn to righty Yovani Gallardo (7-3, 6.01 ERA), who has 42 strikeouts and 33 walks as well as a WHIP of 1.56. Gallardo is 1-0 with three strikeouts and a 6.75 ERA in one start against Minnesota this year.

Texas’ pitchers have given up 5.3 runs per game overall this season as a unit. Its starting pitching staff has a 5.50 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 6.3 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.20 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 8.3 K/9.

Texas’ hitters are putting up 4.7 runs per contest, including 3.1 per game over its last 10 games and 3.2 per game over their last five. The team has hit .191/.292/.259 over its last five games and is 0-5 SU during that span.

Shin-soo Choo and Jurickson Profar have led the Rangers’ hitters this year. Choo is slashing .277/.388/.468 with 21 home runs, 60 RBIs and 76 runs scored, while Profar’s line is .256/.341/.451 with 14 homers, 67 RBIs and 68 runs scored.

In the other dugout, Minnesota’s pitchers have allowed 4.8 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 4.55 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 8.24 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.43, along with a WHIP of 1.40.

The Twins offense has slashed .245/.316/.405 on its way to 4.4 runs scored per game this season, including 3.7 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 4.0 per game over the team’s last five outings (2-3 SU).

Minnesota’s hitters have been led by outfielder Eddie Rosario and first baseman Joe Mauer. Rosario is hitting .292/.329/.484 with 22 home runs, 74 RBIs and 83 runs scored, while Mauer is hitting .276/.349/.375 with five homers, 39 RBIs and 47 runs scored.

The Twins have lost 6.0 units and are 49-46 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has cashed in 47 of those games, compared to 46 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Rangers have netted 3.2 units and are 47-43 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over has hit in 39 of those games, compared to 46 that went under the total.

Minnesota Twins vs. Texas Rangers Pick

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

Betting Trends

  • The over has hit in only two of Minnesota’s last seven contests.
  • Minnesota has posted 19.5 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 20.0 over its last five.
  • The Twins have hit 12 home runs in their last 10 games, including eight over their last five.