Boston Red Sox vs. Minnesota Twins MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 6/16/14
Minnesota Twins (32-35) at Boston Red Sox (31-38)
MLB Baseball: Monday, June 16, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Fenway Park)
Kevin Correia (R) (3-7) (5.599) vs. Rubby De La Rosa (R) (1-2) (3.926)
The Line: Boston Red Sox -152 / Minnesota Twins +142 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-North, NESN
The Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins face off on Monday at Fenway park for game one of their series in Boston.
The Boston Red Sox look like a shell of the team that won the World Series last season as they enter the week six games under .500. The Red Sox are 17-19 at home, 4-6 in their last 10 games, and they are coming off of a loss on Sunday. As a team the Red Sox are hitting .247 with Xander Bogaerts hitting .278, Mike Napoli hitting .273, and A.J. Pierzynski hitting .269. As a team the Red Sox pitching staff has an ERA of 3.75 with the starters at 4.22 and the bullpen at 2.83. For game one against the Twins the Red Sox start Rubby De La Rosa who has lost his last two starts. For the season De la Rosa has allowed 20 hits and eight earned runs while striking out 20 over 18.1 innings for a 1-2 record and a 3.93 ERA.
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The Minnesota Twins are five games back in the AL Central but that is a big improvement over where they have been in recent years. The Twins are 17-18 on the road, 4-6 in their last 10 games, and they have lost their last two games. As a team the Twins are hitting .248 with Kurt Suzuki hitting .304, Joe Mauer hitting .261, and Brian Dozier hitting .242. The Twins pitching staff has an ERA of 4.43 with the starters at 4.86 and the bullpen at 3.68. For game one against the Red Sox the Twins start Kevin Correia who won at Toronto in his last start. For the season Correia has allowed 95 hits and 45 earned runs while striking out 38 over 72.1 innings for a 3-7 record and a 5.60 ERA.
Boston is 4-10 in their last 14 games, 3-8 in game one of a series, and 1-5 in their last six games against a team with a losing record. Minnesota is 8-3 against the AL East, 2-5 in game on of a series, and 4-11 in Correia’s last 15 starts. Minnesota has won six of the last eight meetings of these two in Boston.
There should be plenty of hitting here but I see the Twins bats getting to De La Rosa and putting up the bigger numbers to get the win.
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