Jorge Polanco and the surging Minnesota Twins are preparing to take on the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in a Thursday showdown. This AL matchup will begin at 4:00 p.m. ET and fans can tune in to Fox Sports North to catch the action.
Minnesota Twins at Los Angeles Angels Odds
Martin Perez will get the start for Minnesota. The left-handed Perez is 6-1 with a 2.89 ERA and 53 strikeouts. He has yet to face Los Angeles this year, but he did make two starts against the Angels in 2018, putting together a 0-1 record against them with an 11.12 ERA and six strikeouts.
The Angels are planning to start righty Matt Harvey (2-3, 6.35 ERA), who has 34 punchouts and 20 walks to his name as well as a 1.43 WHIP. Harvey did not record a start against the Twins in 2018.
Minnesota’s pitchers have allowed 4.0 runs per game and its starters own a 3.68 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 8.17 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 4.09, along with a WHIP of 1.18 and a K-per-9 of 9.53.
The Twins offense has slashed .269/.339/.502 on its way to 5.7 runs scored per game this season, including 7.0 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 8.0 per game over the team’s last five outings (4-1 SU).
Shortstop Jorge Polanco and outfielder Eddie Rosario have led Minnesota’s offense. Polanco is slashing .339/.405/.596 with eight home runs, 23 RBIs and 30 runs scored, while Rosario (.264/.295/.511) is up to 13 homers, 37 RBIs and 31 runs scored.
In the home-team dugout, Los Angeles’ pitchers have yielded 4.9 runs per game overall this year. Its starters have an ERA of 5.59, a WHIP of 1.40 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 7.5. The bullpen has a 4.04 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 9.8 K/9.
The Los Angeles hitters are putting up 4.7 runs per contest, including 3.9 per game over its last 10 games and 3.2 per game over their last five. The team has a slash-line of .225/.311/.325 over its last five games and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.
Shortstop Andrelton Simmons and left fielder David Fletcher have led the Angels’ batters this year. Simmons is hitting .298/.323/.415 with three home runs, 21 RBIs, 22 runs and five stolen bases, and Fletcher’s line is .303/.349/.426 with three homers, 17 RBIs and 21 runs scored.
Twins at Angels Free Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Angels, ATS Winner – Twins, O/U – OVER
- Minnesota has tallied 19 extra-base hits over its last five contests. Los Angeles has 10 XBH over its last five.
- The Twins have won seven of their last eight games SU.
- Minnesota has posted 28.2 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 30.4 over its last five.
- The Twins have hit 20 home runs in their last 10 games. The Angels have hit 10 over their last 10.
- The Twins have an OPS of .841 this season and an OPS of .834 against right-handed pitchers. The Angels’ OPS stands at .752 overall and .785 versus righties.