Texas Rangers vs. Minnesota Twins - 7/3/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas Rangers (52-29) at Minnesota Twins (25-54)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, July 3, 2016 at 2:10 pm (Target Field)
C Hamels (9-1) (2.60) vs. K Gibson (1-5) (5.12)
The Line: Minnesota Twins +153 / Texas Rangers -163 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN, FSSW
Up at Target field on Sunday, the Texas Rangers and the Minnesota Twins will be finishing up their MLB series.
This will be game three of the set. On Friday, the Rangers eked out a 3-2 win. On Saturday, the Twins got revenge with a blowout 17-5 victory.
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The Rangers will be whipping out lefty Cole Hamels for Sunday’s start. In his 16 games this year alongside a 9-1 record, Hamels has put up a 2.60 ERA with a 1.21 WHIP in 103.2 innings. In his last start against the Yankees, Hamels went seven innings with six hits and no earned.
Texas has some high-class hitters in their batting order this year. Ian Desmond has put up 102 hits with 60 runs, 15 homers and 52 RBI. Adrian Beltre holds 81 hits with 42 runs, 12 homers and 52 RBI. Rougned Odor has hit 78 times with 51 runs, 15 homers and 39 RBI so far. Desmond, Beltre and Odor combined for just one hit in Saturday’s game.
RHP Kyle Gibson will be starting for the Twins on Sunday. In his eight starts and 1-5 record this year, Gibson has amassed a 5.12 ERA with a 1.49 WHIP in 45.2 innings. In his last start against the White Sox Tuesday, Gibson put up seven innings with five hits and no earned.
It’s pretty easy to find the key contributors in the Minnesota lineup. Eduardo Nunez leads the team on 91 hits with 42 runs, 11 homers and 34 RBI. Brian Dozier has put up 74 hits with 43 runs, 13 homers and 39 RBI. Joe Mauer has 74 hits to his credit with 36 runs and 26 RBI thus far. Mauer put up three runs on Saturday.
The Rangers are 8-0 in their last eight Sunday games, and 4-1 in their last five game threes of a series. Texas is also 23-5 in Hamels’ last 28 starts, and 4-1 in Hamels’ last five road starts.
As for the Twins, they’re 4-1 in their last five Sunday games, and 8-22 in their last 30 game threes of a series. Minnesota is also 2-6 in Gibson’s last eight home starts, and 0-4 in Gibson’s last four starts with four days’ rest.
I feel like Hamels will get the win here, so I’ll take the Rangers in the finale.