Minnesota Twins vs. Arizona Diamondbacks 9/22/14 MLB Pick and Odds
Arizona Diamondbacks (62-94) at Minnesota Twins (66-89)
MLB Baseball: Monday, September 22, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Target Field)
Josh Collmenter (R) (9-8) (3.693) vs. Ricky Nolasco (R) (5-11) (5.339)
The Line: Minnesota Twins -120 / Arizona Diamondbacks +110 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Arizona, FS-North
The Minnesota Twins and the Arizona Diamondbacks face off on Monday at Target Field for game one of their interleague series.
The Minnesota Twins have the second worst record in the American League as the season hits the final week and another year where little forward progress was made comes to a close. The Twins are 33-45 at home and hey have lost their last two games and have gone 4-6 over their last 10 games. As a team the Twins are hitting .253 with Kurt Suzuki hitting .291, Joe Mauer hitting .276, and Trevor Plouffe hitting .253. For game one against the D-backs the Twins start Ricky Nolasco who just never put it together this season. Nolasco is 5-11 with a 5.34 ERA for the season and 0-1 with a 1.35 ERA in his last three starts. The Twins have been a basement dweller for several years and while they seem to be able to hit the ball starting pitching has been the issue.
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The Arizona Diamondbacks got off to a dismal start to the season getting swept by the Dodgers in Australia and it never got better from there as they have the worst overall record in baseball. The Diamondbacks have lost their last six games, are 3-7 in their last 10 games, and 30-48 on the road this season. As a team Arizona is hitting .248 with Miguel Montero hitting .247 and Aaron Hill hitting .241 but it was the injury to Paul Goldschmidt when he was hit on his hand while at bat that knocked the final wind out of the Diamondbacks’ sail this year. For Monday’s game the Diamondbacks start Josh Collmenter who is 1-1 wit a 1.29 ERA in his last three starts and 10-8 with a 3.60 ERA for the season.
Minnesota is 5-2 as a favorite, 8-19 in their last 27 games, and 1-7 in Nolasco’s last eight starts. Arizona is 6-13 in their last 19 interleague road games, 9-25 in their last 34 games, and 4-1 in Collmenter’s last five starts in game one of a series.
These are two bad teams and that means the are inconsistent so the nod here is with the home team as Nolasco’s numbers at night and home are as good as it gets with him which is still far from spectacular.
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