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Rangers at Twins - 7/1/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Texas Rangers (51-29) at Minnesota Twins (25-53)

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: FSSW/FSN

The Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins begin a three-game series late Friday night at the Target Center.

The Texas Rangers look to keep rolling after winning 10 of their last 14 games. The Rangers have scored 15 uns in their last three games and six or more runs in seven of their last eight games. The Texas Rangers offense continues to rake, and they’ve won 11 of their last 13 games when scoring more than three runs. Ian Desmond leads Texas with 99 hits, Adrian Beltre has 52 RBI and Rougned Odor has 15 home runs. Martin Perez gets the nod, and he’s 7-4 with a 3.44 ERA and 47 strikeouts this season. This will be Perez’s second career game against the Twins.

Rangers at Twins - 7/1/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Minnesota Twins could use a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Twins have allowed 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 13 games. The Minnesota Twins have an ERA of 5.16 and have lost four straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Eduardo Nunez leads Minnesota with 87 hits, Joe Mauer has 26 RBI and Brian Dozier has 13 home runs. Ervin Santana takes the hill, and he’s 2-7 with a 4.64 ERA and 55 strikeouts this season. Santana is 13-11 with a 5.67 ERA and 126 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.

The Rangers are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. American League Central and 7-0 in Perezs last 7 starts. The Twins are 9-21 in their last 30 home games and 3-13 in Santanas last 16 starts. The under is 23-8-1 in the last 32 meetings. 

The Rangers are simply the better team here and the offense continues to produce. That's bad news for a Minnesota pitching staff that keeps getting rocked on a nightly basis. Give me the road team.

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Texas Rangers -118

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