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Texas Rangers vs. Minnesota Twins MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 6/27/14

Minnesota Twins (36-41) at Texas Rangers (35-43)

MLB Baseball: Friday, June 27, 2014 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)

Kevin Correia (R) (4-8) (5.016) vs. Nick Tepesech (R) (2-3) (4.380)

The Line: Texas Rangers -133 / Minnesota Twins +123 --- Over/Under: 10 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-North

The Texas Rangers and the Minnesota Twins face off on Friday for game one of their series in Arlington.

The Texas Rangers have been struggling this season as they have suffered through a rash of injuries decimating their lineup. The Rangers are 16-21 at home, 2-8 in their last 10 games, and they are in fourth place in AL West. As a team Texas is hitting .262 with Adrian Beltre hitting .328, Alex Rios hitting .312, and Leonys Martin hitting .270. As a team the Rangers pitching staff has an ERA of 4.62 with the starters at 4.69 and the bullpen at 4.49. For game one against the Twins the Rangers start Nick Tepesch who has lost his last three decisions. For the season Tepesch has allowed 40 hits and 18 earned runs while striking out 24 over 37 innings for a 2-3 record and a 4.38 ERA.

Texas Rangers vs. Minnesota Twins MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 6/27/14

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The Minnesota Twins have had their share of struggles as well as they try and turn the team around from what has been some rough years. The Twins are 17-23 on the road, 4-6 in their last 10 games, and they are in fourth place in the AL Central. As a team the Twins are hitting .245 with Kurt Suzuki hitting .313, Joe Mauer hitting .264, and Brian Dozier hitting .249. As a team the Twins pitching staff has an ERA of 4.35 with the starters at 4.82 and the bullpen at 3.52. For game one in Texas the Twins start Kevin Correia who has won two of his last three starts. For the season Correia has allowed 105 hits and 47 earned runs while striking out 42 over 84.1 innings for a 4-8 record and a 5.02 ERA.

Texas is 3-7 against a team with a losing record, 1-6 in their last seven home games, and 5-2 in Tepesch’s last seven starts as a favorite. Minnesota is 4-0 against a team with a losing record, 2-5 in game one of a series, and 7-22 in Correia’s last 22 starts as an underdog. Minnesota is 7-15 in their last 22 games against Texas.

I expect some scoring here and I look for the Rangers to end their losing. 

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Texas Rangers -133

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