Boston Red Sox (9-3) at Minnesota Twins (5-7)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 1:10 pm (Target Field)
Garrett Richards (0-1) (10.29) vs. Michael Pineda (1-0) (1.64)
The Line: Minnesota Twins -150 / Boston Red Sox +139 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins meet Thursday in MLB action at Target Field.
The Boston Red Sox look to build on their nine-game winning streak. The Red Sox have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last nine games. The Red Sox are 8-0 this season when scoring four or more runs. J.D. Martinez leads the Red Sox with 17 hits and 16 RBI while Xander Bogaerts and Christian Vazquez have combined for 29 hits and seven RBI. Garrett Richards gets the ball, and he is 0-1 with a 10.29 ERA and six strikeouts this season. Richards is 2-1 with a 3.02 ERA and 35 strikeouts in his career against the Twins.
The Minnesota Twins need a win to snap a five-game losing streak. The Twins have scored five runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last eight games. The Twins have lost five of their last six games when scoring three or less runs. Byron Buxton leads the Twins with 15 hits and nine RBI while Nelson Cruz and Andrelton Simmons have combined for 24 hits and 13 RBI. Michael Pineda gets the ball, and he is 1-0 with a 1.64 ERA and 11 strikeouts this season. Pineda is 5-5 with a 4.00 ERA and 67 strikeouts in his career against the Red Sox.
The Red Sox are 7-0 in their last 7 road games and 8-0 in their last 8 overall. The Twins are 0-4 in their last 4 home games and 0-4 in their last 4 overall. The over is 19-7 in Red Sox last 26 overall. The under is 5-2 in Twins last 7 overall. The Red Sox are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Minnesota and 8-3 in the last 11 meetings.
Garrett Richards hasn't been good through two starts and he hasn't been all that great in his last two or three seasons overall if we're being honest. Michael Pineda has held his own throughout his career when he's healthy and he's off to a good season through two starts. The Twins should be favored at home. However, we're getting plus money with a Red Sox team that's producing offensively, has won nine straight and just swept a doubleheader against these Twins yesterday. I'll take the Red Sox.