Minnesota Twins (29-41) vs. Texas Rangers (25-45)
June 20, 2021 2:35 pm EDT
The Line: Texas Rangers +107 / Minnesota Twins -117; Over/Under: 9
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The Minnesota Twins and the Texas Rangers meet in MLB action from Globe Life Field on Sunday afternoon.
The Minnesota Twins will look to build on their 3-2 win over the Texas Rangers in their last matchup. Nelson Cruz belted a two-run home run while Luis Arraez, Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton each had a base hit as the Twins mustered up just four hits as a team in the winning effort. Randy Dobnak allowed two runs on four hits over five innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Caleb Thielbar got the win to improve to 2-0 on the year while Taylor Rogers closed the door for his 7th save of the season. Kenta Maeda will start here and is 2-2 with a 5.01 ERA and 46 strikeouts this season. in his career, Maeda is 1-0 with a 2.38 ERA and 10 strikeouts against Texas.
The Texas Rangers will look to bounce back after their loss to the Rangers last time out. Isiah Kiner-Falefa accounted for both Texas RBIs, going 2 for 4 with a home run and a double while Nate Lowe and Nick Solak each went 2 for 4 at the dish. Jonah Heim added a base hit as well to finish off the offense for Texas in the losing effort. Kolby Allard gave up two runs on four hits while striking out six over six innings of work. John King took the loss in relief to fall to 5-5 on the year. Dane Dunning will start here and is 2-5 with a 4.57 ERA and 66 strikeouts this season. in his career, Dunning is 1-1 with a 2.13 ERA and 12 strikeouts against the Twins.
Minnesota is 6-16 in their last 22 games against the AL West and 38-17 in their last 55 games against a team with a winning percentage below .400 while the over is 3-0-1 in their last 4 game three matchups. Minnesota is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Texas.
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This is a pitching matchup that’s tough to call, as Maeda’s been good, but I’m still not sure what to make of him with so much spent time on the IL. On the other hand, Dane Dunning’s had his ups and downs, but when he’s on, he’s really on and has some really good stuff. Instead, I’m going to side with the under as both teams have underwhelming offenses and I think they’ll produce some pretty good pitching efforts from the respective starters, so give me the under here.