Minnesota Twins vs. Los Angeles Angels MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/6/14
Los Angeles Angels (85-55) at Minnesota Twins (61-80)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Target Field)
Cory Rasmus (R) (0-0) (0.000) vs. Philip Hughes (R) (15-8) (3.420)
The Line: Minnesota Twins -105 / Los Angeles Angels -105 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: MLB Net, FSN-W, FSN-N
The Los Angeles Angels and Minnesota Twins play game three of their series Saturday night at Target Field.
The Los Angeles Angels have won eight of their last 10 games and are 30 games above .500. The difference during this stretch has been an Angels pitching staff that is allowing three or less runs in 12 of their last 19 games. Overall, the Los Angeles Angels have an ERA of 3.53, which is 10th in the majors, and they’ve won six straight when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Mike Trout has nine RBIs in his last 10 games and David Freese has four hits in this series. Cory Rasmus takes the mound, and he’s 3-1 with a 2.48 ERA and has 44 strikeouts in 40 innings. Rasmus is 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA in three career games against the Twins.
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The Minnesota Twins have lost six of their last eight games and are 19 games below a .500 record. It’s the same song and dance for the Twins, a team that’s allowed four or more runs in nine of their last 10 games. Overall, the Minnesota Twins have an ERA of 4.54, which is 28th in the majors, and they’ve lost eight of their last 11 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Trevor Plouffe has hit in seven of his last nine games and Kurt Suzuki has three hits in this series. Starting is Phil Hughes, who is 15-9 with a 3.54 ERA and has 157 strikeouts in 180.2 innings. Hughes is 3-3 with a 7.71 ERA in nine career games against the Angels.
The Angels are 4-0 in their last 4 during game 3 of a series and 19-7 in their last 26 vs. American League Central. The Twins are 11-26 in their last 37 vs. American League West and 5-1 in Hughes' last 6 starts overall.
Regardless of who the pitchers are, you'd be crazy to pick the Twins over the Angels with the way both teams have been playing. Keep riding the money train until it stops paying.