Minnesota Twins (54-71) vs. Boston Red Sox (72-55)
August 26, 2021 7:10 pm EDT
The Line: Boston Red Sox -285 / Minnesota Twins +230; Over/Under: 10.5
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The Minnesota Twins and the Boston Red Sox meet in MLB action from Fenway Park on Thursday.
The Minnesota Twins will be looking to build on their 9-6 win over the Red Sox from Wednesday night. Jake Cave led the charge with a three-run home run while Josh Donaldson had a double with his two-run home run and Jorge Polanco added a two-run shot as well. Miguel Sano added a solo home run and Andrelton Simmons went 2 for 5 with an RBI to cap off Minnesota’s scoring as a team in the win. Max Kepler chipped in a pair of hits and Rob Refsnyder added a pair of hits as well to finish off Minnesota’s offense as a team in the victory. Bailey Ober threw five shutout innings in the start, allowing just four hits while striking out seven, not factoring in the decision. Alex Colome got the win in relief to improve to 4-4 on the year. John Gant will start here and is 4-7 with a 3.77 ERA and 73 strikeouts this season.
The Boston Red Sox will attempt to bounce back from their loss at the hands of the Twins from Wednesday night. Kyle Schwarber went 3 for 5 with a two-run home run while Enrique Hernandez had three hits with a double and an solo home run. Christian Vazquez added a pair of hits with an RBI as well while Travis Shaw contributed a double. Alex Verdugo and Hunter Renfroe each had a pair of hits while Bobby Dalbec and Xander Bogaerts each pitched in a hit as well to finish off Boston’s offense as a team in defeat. Nick Pivetta allowed four runs on six hits with five strikeouts over four innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Hansel Robles took the loss in relief to fall to 3-5 on the year. Chris Sale will start here and is 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA and 13 strikeouts this season.
Minnesota is 11-28 in their last 39 games against a left-handed starter and 1-6 in their last 7 road games against a left-handed starter while the over is 4-0-1 in their last 5 games overall. Boston is 6-1 in their last 7 games against a team with a losing record and 6-2 in their last 8 games as a favorite while the under is 12-2-3 in their last 17 game three matchups.
We got over the number simply because of extra innings on Wednesday, but with Chris Sale going here, I’m not going back. I’m going to the under. Sure, the Boston offense has come alive in his starts and given Sale enough of a cushion that he doesn’t need to overwork and exert himself past five innings, but I don’t see the Twins doing enough to push us over the number here. I think the under comes in on Thursday.