Minnesota Twins at Los Angeles Angels Free Preview

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The Minnesota Twins will be taking on the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The first pitch is scheduled for 9:07 p.m. ET and Fox Sports North will showcase this AL matchup.>

Minnesota Twins at Los Angeles Angels Odds

Los Angeles (-135) is the favorite over Minnesota (+125) and Vegas has set the Over/Under for this one at 8 runs (+100 for the over and -120 for the under). Bettors can also wager on the games runline with the current odds standing at Twins +1.5 runs (-170) and Angels +-1.5 runs (+150).>

The Angels are 23-15 SU and 21-16 ATS. They’ve gained 8.8 units for moneyline bettors and 5.7 units against the spread (ATS). Los Angeles has covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the total went over in four of those seven. The Twins are 16-18 SU and have gone 19-14 ATS. Overall, the teams lost 3.2 units for moneyline gamblers in the seasons early going, but have gained 2.0 units ATS. Minnesota has covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the total has gone over in four of those seven.>

Los Angeles games have an over/under record of 20-17 thus far in 2018. Minnesota has an over/under record of 18-14-1.>

Right-hander Kyle Gibson will get the start for Minnesota. Gibson is 1-1 with a 3.49 ERA and 44 strikeouts. He has yet to face Los Angeles this year, but he did make two starts against the team in 2017, posting a 2-0 record with a 2.92 ERA and 10 strikeouts.>

The Angels are handing the ball to righty Nick Tropeano (1-2, 3.42 ERA), who has 20 strikeouts and nine walks to his name, as well as a WHIP of 1.14. Tropeano did not accrue any MLB pitching stats last season.>

Los Angeles pitchers have yielded 4.3 runs per game overall in 2018 as a unit. The teams starters have an ERA of 4.16, a WHIP of 1.30 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 9.2. The bullpen has a 3.71 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 9.2 K/9.>

Los Angeles hitters have put up 5.2 runs per contest, including 6.7 per game over its last 10 games and 5.8 per game over their last five. The team has hit .297/.369/.543 over its last five games and is 3-2 SU during that stretch.>

The Angels batters have been led by right fielder Mike Trout and shortstop Andrelton Simmons. Trout is slashing .321/.445/.664 with 12 home runs, 25 RBIs, 33 runs and seven stolen bases, and the line for Simmons stands at .351/.412/.507 with three homers, 23 RBIs and 24 runs.>

Trout seemed to enjoy hitting righty pitching at home last year. Across 203 such plate appearances, he slashed .352/.468/.753 (compared to his overall season line of .306/.442/.629).>

For the visiting squad, Minnesota’s pitching staff allowed 5.0 runs per game and its starters own a 4.50 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 8.85 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 5.09, along with a WHIP of 1.37.>

Twins hitters have slashed .245/.321/.421 on their way to 4.5 runs scored per game this season, including 5.4 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 5.4 per game over the team’s last five contests (4-1 SU).>

Minnesota’s hitters have been led by shortstop Eduardo Escobar and left fielder Eddie Rosario, who collectively have blasted 16 home runs. Escobar is slashing .295/.353/.590 with seven home runs, 20 RBIs and 23 runs scored, while Rosario is slashing .289/.309/.578 with nine homers, 27 RBIs and 25 runs scored.>

Compared to his overall season slash line of .290/.328/.507, Rosario didn’t seem to enjoy hitting against righties on the road last year, maintaining a slash line of just .235/.282/.380 over 195 such plate appearances.>

The Twins have lost 3.8 units and are 15-12 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in 15 of those games, compared to 11 that’ve gone under against right-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Angels have netted 8.4 units and are 17-11 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in 16 of those games, as opposed to 12 that’ve gone under.>

Minnesota Twins at Los Angeles Angels Free Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Angels, ATS Winner – Twins, O/U – OVER>

Betting Notes

  • The Twins have won six of their last seven games SU.
  • Los Angeles has recorded 29.5 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 26.6 over its last five.
  • The Twins have hit 16 home runs in their last 10 games. The Angels have hit 18 over their last 10.