Minnesota Twins vs. Los Angeles Angels MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/4/14
Los Angeles Angels (83-55) at Minnesota Twins (61-78)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Target Field)
Hector Santiago (L) (2-7) (3.534) vs. Kyle Gibson (R) (11-10) (4.228)
The Line: Minnesota Twins +126 / Los Angeles Angels -136 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-W, FSN-N
The Los Angeles Angels and Minnesota Twins begin a four-game series Thursday at Target Field.
The Los Angeles Angels have won seven of their last 10 games and are 28 games above .500. Despite allowing 12 runs in two games against the Houston Astros, the Angels have allowed three or less runs in 12 of their last 17 games. Overall, the Los Angeles Angels have an ERA of 3.52, which is 10th in the majors, and they’ve won six straight when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Mike Trout has eight RBIs in his last 10 games and Erick Aybar has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games. Hector Santiago takes the hill, and he’s 4-7 with a 3.28 ERA and has 94 strikeouts in 107 innings. Santiago is 2-2 with a 2.38 ERA in seven career games against the Twins.
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The Minnesota Twins have lost four of their last six games and are 17 games below .500. The same issues remain with the Twins, as their pitching staff has allowed four or more runs in 15 of their last 18 games. Overall, the Minnesota Twins have an ERA of 4.54, which is 28th in the majors, and they’ve lost 10 of their last 15 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Brian Dozier has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games and Oswaldo Arcia has five RBIs in his last seven games. Starting is Kyle Gibson, who is 11-10 with a 4.23 ERA and has 89 strikeouts in 149 innings. Gibson is 0-1 with a 10.13 ERA in two career starts against the Angels.
The Angels are 2-7 in Santiagos last 9 road starts and 1-4 in Santiagos last 5 starts overall. The Twins are 0-4 in Gibsons last 4 home starts and 1-4 in Gibsons last 5 starts overall. The Angels are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Minnesota.
Neither pitcher is used to winning much this season, but the Angels are by far the better team and have caught fire once again. Give me the road team for the fair price.