Minnesota Twins vs. Los Angeles Angels - 4/17/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Angels (5-5) at Minnesota Twins (2-9)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 2:10 pm (Target Field)
N Tropeano (1-0) (0.00) vs. K Gibson (0-2) (4.22)
The Line: Minnesota Twins +100 / Los Angeles Angels -110 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-North, FS-West
The Los Angeles Angels and Minnesota Twins finish off their series at Target Field Sunday.
After dropping the first two games of their series with the Minnesota Twins, the Los Angeles Angels face the prospect of getting swept. The Angels blew an early 4-2 lead on the way to a 6-4 defeat Saturday with the pitching struggling and the offense falling silent after the second inning. Jered Weaver had issues with four runs plated on eight hits and a pair of BB over 4.1 frames for a no decision before Joe Smith served up a pair of homers in the 8th to seal the Angels fate. The Los Angeles offense consisted of nine hits and a trio of BB with Yunel Escobar going 3-4 with two a pair of RBI’s while Cliff Pennington ripped a two run double. The Los Angeles Angels hand the ball to Nicholas Tropeano for the series finale’ versus the Minnesota Twins. Tropeano’s only start in 2016 was a good one with five scoreless innings in a 4-1 win at the Oakland Athletics.
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The Minnesota Twins looked like they would never win a game with an 0-9 start but Saturday’s victory was number two in a row and perhaps momentum is on their side finally. The Twins pitching was solid overall with starter Ricky Nolasco allowing all four runs in the second before lasting seven innings with nine hits and a free pass given up. The Minnesota bats totaled ten hits and walked twice with the long ball being huge. The Twins saw Trevor Plouffe and Oswaldo Arcia go a combined 5-9 with homers and two RBI’s each while Byung Ho Park cracked a solo bomb. Kyle Gibson toes the rubber for the Minnesota Twins on Sunday against the Los Angeles Angels. Gibson comes off of a 4-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox where he gave up three runs (one earned) on six hits and three BB in 5.2 innings.
The over is 9-4-1 in the Angels last 14 Sunday games. Minnesota are 1-7 in their last 8 home games and are 3-13 in their last 16 overall while going 3-13 in their last 16 games on grass. Los Angeles are 12-3 in the last 15 meetings and are 7-2 in the last 9 meetings in Minnesota. This looks like a tossup with both pitchers showing signs of brilliance while struggling at times so this is a bit of a guessing game in my view…