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Minnesota Twins vs. Texas Rangers - 8/5/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Texas Rangers (52-57) at Minnesota Twins (52-55)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 7:10 pm (Target Field)

C Hamels (5-1) (4.01) vs. K Gibson (6-8) (6.08)

The Line: Minnesota Twins +115 / Texas Rangers -125 --- Over/Under: 10 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSN, FSSW

The Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins meet Saturday in MLB action at Target Field.

The Texas Rangers could use a win here after losing five of their last seven games. The Rangers have allowed 10 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Texas Rangers have lost five straight games when allowing more than one run. Offensively, Elvis Andrus leads the Rangers with 127 hits and 59 RBI while Rougned Odor and Shin-Soo Choo have combined for 187 hits and 104 RBI. Cole Hamels gets the ball, and he is 5-1 with a 4.01 ERA and 48 strikeouts this season. Hamels is 2-1 with a 6.35 ERA and 26 strikeouts in his career against the Twins. 

Minnesota Twins vs. Texas Rangers - 8/5/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Minnesota Twins have a chance to win back-to-back games for the first time in the second half. The Twins scored eight runs in Friday’s win and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Minnesota Twins have split their last six games when scoring more than three runs. Brian Dozier leads the Twins with 101 hits and 54 RBI while Miguel Sano and Eddie Rosario have combined for 196 hits and 107 RBI. Kyle Gibson gets the ball, and he is 6-8 with a 6.08 ERA and 62 strikeouts this season. Gibson is 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA and 26 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.

The Rangers are 7-1 in their last 8 Saturday games, 6-1 in Hamels' last 7 Saturday starts and 41-16 in Hamels' last 57 starts. The Twins are 1-6 in their last 7 during game 3 of a series, 1-9 in their last 10 games vs. a left-handed starter and 2-8 in their last 10 games on grass. The Rangers are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings.

Hamels has been lit up recently, allowing 14 earned runs in his last three starts, while Gibson has been crushed all season long and has an ERA well over six at home. So, expecting another shootout here, and that's where I give the edge to the Twins because of the offense that has consistently produced. I like the value of Minny and the plus money against a pitcher in Hamels who has been hit hard recently. 

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