Los Angeles Angels vs. Minnesota Twins MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/24/14
Minnesota Twins (36-38) at Los Angeles Angels (41-33)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 10:05 pm (Angel Stadium)
Kyle Gibson (R) (6-5) (3.253) vs. Matt Shoemaker (R) (5-0) (3.000)
The Line: Los Angeles Angels -180 / Minnesota Twins +170 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-N, FSN-W
The Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Angels will take the field Tuesday for game one at Angel Stadium.
The Twins head into the matchup just two games shy of .500 after sweeping the Chicago White Sox. The Twins pitching staff has shown improvement during this stretch, allowing three or less runs in five of their last seven games. While the Twins have an ERA of 4.26, they are 23-7 when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Brian Dozier has six hits in his last four games and Kurt Suzuki has a nine-game hitting streak. Kyle Gibson gets the nod, and he’s 6-5 with a 3.25 ERA and has 46 strikeouts in 83 innings. This is Gibson’s second career start against the Angels.
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The Angels have won five of their last eight games and are a solid eight games above .500. The Angels pitching staff allowed just seven runs in a three-game sweep over the Texas Rangers, but has a questionable ERA of 3.83. In fact, the Angels have allowed four or more runs in 11 of their 19 games in the month of June. Offensively, Mike Trout has nine RBI in his last nine games and Howie Kendrick has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games. C.J. Wilson takes the hill, and he’s 7-6 with a 3.34 ERA and has 93 strikeouts in 99.2 innings. Wilson is 4-3 with a 4.25 ERA in 24 career games against the Twins.
The Twins are 6-0 in Gibson's last 6 starts with 5 days of rest and 1-4 in Gibson's last 5 road starts. The Angels are 5-1 in Wilson's last 6 home starts and 1-4 in Wilson's last 5 starts overall. The Twins are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in Los Angeles.
Gibson hasn't been good on the road this season and the Twins have had their struggles in LA. I don't like the chalk in this matchup, but it seems like the Angels are the only play if you must.