Texas Rangers vs. Minnesota Twins - 7/8/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Twins (29-55) at Texas Rangers (53-33)
MLB Baseball: Friday, July 8, 2016 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)
K Gibson (2-5) (4.81) vs. C Hamels (9-2) (2.93)
The Line: Texas Rangers -215 / Minnesota Twins +199 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Twins look to build on their impressive series opening victory over the Texas Rangers last night as they face off for game two on Friday night in Arlington.
The Twins have really turned it up of late as their bats have been red hot and after hanging 10 runs on the Rangers yesterday they will be out for more as the have to deal with Cole Hamels on Friday who is having a spectacular season in his first full year with the Rangers. Minnesota has had a very tough start to the year and are likely way too far back to do anything in the AL Central this season but it is nice to see the big bats breaking out as the likes of Eduardo Nunez and Brian Dozier have really stepped up of late and are in a nice position for the rest of the season, at least from a fantasy perspective. Minnesota desperately needs to add some starting pitching depth as they are frequently outmatched by their opponents in that regard and that rings true in a big way here as Hamels is one of the best in the AL.
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The Rangers had been one of the hottest teams of the league heading into July but a so-so stretch that includes a 4-6 mark in their last 10 has them hitting a hard reality check of the ups and downs of a major league season and after yesterday you can bet they are gladly welcoming the all-star break. Texas has a very solid roster and a very serviceable rotation but you can expect them to be one of the big buyers at the trade deadline as they could use a couple of last minute additions to put them over the edge and they are a team that has some pieces in the system that can validate trading for a rental player.
The Twins are 3-14 in their last 17 Friday games, 4-1 in their last five against the AL West, and 4-1 in their last five overall while the Rangers are 14-3 in Hamels’ last 17 starts against a team with a losing record, 12-2 in his last 14 home starts, and 16-4 in his last 20 on four days rest. This is a nightmare spot for the Twins as they trounced the Rangers yesterday but poked an angry bear that has their ace going tonight in what should be a similar result the other way.