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Minnesota Twins vs. Texas Rangers - 8/3/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Texas Rangers (51-56) at Minnesota Twins (51-54)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 8:10 pm (Target Field)

A Griffin (4-2) (5.77) vs. A Mejia (4-4) (4.07)

The Line: Minnesota Twins / Texas Rangers --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-North, FS-Southwest

The Texas Rangers and the Minnesota Twins meet in game one of a four game weekend series starting at Target Field on Thursday.

The Texas Rangers will look to build on a 5-1 win in their series finale against Seattle on Wednesday, snapping a four game losing streak in the process. Elvis Andrus led the way, going 3 for 4 with a homer, a double and two RBIs. Delino DeShields and Joey Gallo each notched a solo home run while Adrian Beltre went 1 for 3 to round out the Rangers’ scoring in the win. Shin-Soo Choo went 2 for 4 while Carlos Gomez added a base hit of his own in the winning effort. Andrew Cashner got the win, improving to 7-8 this season after giving up just the one run on six hits while striking out four over six innings of work. A.J. Griffin will start game one and is 4-2 with a 5.77 ERA and 35 strikeouts this season. In his career, Griffin is 2-1 with a 5.00 ERA and 16 strikeouts against Minnesota.

Minnesota Twins vs. Texas Rangers - 8/3/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Minnesota Twins will look to build on a skid-snapping win of their own, snapping a three game slide with a 5-2 win in their series finale against the Padres on Wednesday. Miguel Sano went 2 for 4 with a solo home run while Eduardo Escobar and Jason Castro each went 1 for 3 with two RBIs. Joe Mauer and Jorge Polanco each added a double while it was Mauer who went 2 for 3 at the plate in the win. Ervin Santana threw yet another complete game in victory, giving up just the two runs on four hits while striking out nine in the process. Adalberto Mejia will start game one and is 4-4 with a 4.07 ERA and 65 strikeouts this season. This will be Mejia’s first career start against Texas.

Texas is 21-8 in Griffin’s last 29 starts and 2-10 in their last 12 against a team with a losing record while the over is 5-0 in Griffin’s last 5 starts. Minnesota is 0-5 in Mejia’s last 5 starts against a team with a winning record and 2-5 in their last 7 against the AL West while the over is 5-2-3 in their last 10 games overall. Texas is 1-4 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

Normally I’d be against the Twins after having to fly across the country to play a series opener the next day, but the Rangers had to travel from west to east as well, and send Griffin to the mound who is making his first start since late May, and even before that, in his last two starts, Griffin gave up 13 earned runs in 4.2 innings of work. Mejia has allowed three runs or less in seven of his last eight games, and these are opportunities that the Twins need to take advantage of if they’re going to stay in the AL Central and the AL wild card races, so I’ll take the Twins to draw first blood on Thursday.

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