Minnesota Twins vs. Texas Rangers - 7/1/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas Rangers (51-28) at Minnesota Twins (25-52)
MLB Baseball: Friday, July 1, 2016 at 8:10 pm (Target Field)
M Perez (7-4) (3.45) vs. E Santana (2-7) (4.64)
The Line: Minnesota Twins +108 / Texas Rangers -118 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN, FSSW
Up at Target Field on Friday, the Texas Rangers and the Minnesota Twins will be kicking off their weekend MLB series.
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The Rangers are coming off a four-game set against the Yankees this week. Texas won the first two games, but dropped Wednesday’s matchup. In the Thursday finale, the Rangers dropped a heartbreaker 2-1.
Meanwhile, the Twins played against the White Sox in their most recent series. Minnesota and Chicago split the first two games, and on Thursday the Twins lost a close 6-5 matchup.
The Rangers will be whipping out lefty Martin Perez on Friday. In his 16 starts this year with a 7-4 record this year, Perez has put up a 3.44 ERA with a 1.39 WHIP over 96.2 innings total. On Sunday in a victory over the Red Sox, Perez put up six innings with six hits and one earned.
The top part of the Texas order has some solid players in it. Ian Desmond leads the team on 99 hits with 59 runs, 14 homers and 51 RBI. Adrian Beltre has hit 80 times with 42 runs, 12 homers and 52 RBI. Rougned Odor holds 78 hits with 51 runs, 15 homers and 39 RBI so far. Desmond and Odor combined to go 0-for-8 in Thursday’s loss.
For Friday’s game, the Twins will be rolling with Ervin Santana. In his 14 games this year, Santana has put up a 2-7 record with a 4.64 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP across 77.2 innings. On Saturday, Santana took a no-decision after allowing just one run on six hits against the Yankees.
It’s pretty easy to find the stars in the Minnesota batting order. Eduardo Nunez has hit 87 times with 39 runs, 11 homers and 32 RBI. Joe Mauer is sitting on 73 hits with 33 runs and 26 RBI. Mauer was out of the lineup on Thursday. Brian Dozier has 73 hits with 40 runs, 13 homers and 38 RBI in 2016. Dozier smacked a homer in Thursday’s game.
The Rangers are 4-1 in their last five games against the American League Central, and 4-0 in Perez’s last four starts with four days’ rest. Texas is also 1-4 in Perez’s last five starts during game one of a series, and 0-5 in Perez’s last five Friday starts.
As for the Twins, they’re 9-21 in their last 30 home games, and 4-9 in their last 13 home games against a team with a winning road record. Minnesota is also 3-13 in their last 16 Friday games and 1-5 in their last six games against the American League West.
Perez has been shaky at times this year, but coming off a good outing I think he can take care of the Twins here. I’ll take the Rangers for the win in the opener.