Minnesota Twins vs. Texas Rangers - 8/11/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas Rangers (55-55) at Minnesota Twins (55-56)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 8:10 pm (Target Field)
Y Gallardo (8-9) (3.47) vs. K Gibson (8-9) (3.85)
The Line: Minnesota Twins -114 / Texas Rangers +104 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-North, FS-West
The Minnesota Twins and the Texas Rangers face off on Tuesday in game one of their MLB series.
The Minnesota Twins managed to stay in the post-season race for the first 100 games or so of the season but they are fading fast. The Twins are 2-8 in their last 10 games, 34-22 at home, and they are 11.5 games behind the Royals in the AL Central standings. As a team the Twins are hitting .247with Joe Mauer hitting .266 and Trevor Ploufffe and ToriiHunter are both hitting .248. As a team the Twins pitching staff has an ERA of 4.27 with the starters at 4.32 and the bullpen at 4.17. For game one against the Rangers the Twins start Kyle Gibson who has allowed 133 hits and 57 earned runs while striking out 96 over 135.2 innings for an 8-9 record and a 3.78 ERA.
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The Texas Rangers are hanging around in the American League West as the teams ahead of them in the standings continue to slump. The Rangers are 7-3 in their last 10 games, 32-26 on the road, and they are 4.5 games behind the Astros in the AL West and they are four games behind the Angels for the final AL Wildcard spot. As a team the Rangers are hitting .255 with Prince Fielder hitting .325, Mitch Moreland hitting .294, and Adrian Beltre hitting .260. The Rangers pitching staff has an ERA of 4.50 with the starters at 4.45 and the bullpen at 4.56. For game one in Minnesota the Rangers start Yovani Gallardo who has allowed 126 hits and 51 earned runs while striking out 87 over 132.1 innings for an 8-9 record and a 3.47 ERA.
Minnesota is 2-6 in their last eight home games, 5-16 in their last 21 games, and 1-6 in Gibson’s last seven starts in game one of a series. Teas is 8-3 in their last 11 games, 13-29 in their last 42 games following an off day, and 0-4 in Gallardo’s last four starts against a team with a losing record. Texas is 6-2 in their last eight games against Minnesota.
Both of these teams take their hacks so for my free pick I will take the over. My stronger pick is on the winning side and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App.