Minnesota Twins at Los Angeles Angels
|Date & Time||Monday May 20, 2019, 10:07 PM (EDT)|
Minnesota Twins +110 / Los Angeles Angels -120 -- O/U: 9
The Minnesota Twins and the Los Angeles Angels meet in the opener of a three game set in MLB action from Angel Stadium on Monday night.
The Minnesota Twins come into this game looking to bounce back after having their five game winning streak snapped with a 7-4 loss to Seattle in their series finale on Sunday. Jorge Polanco went 4 for 5 with an RBI while Jonathan Schoop had an RBI of his own in the defeat. Willians Astudillo, Ehire Adrianza and Luis Arraez each had base hits as well in the loss. Kyle Gibson allowed four runs on nine hits while striking out six over six innings of work to fall to 4-2 this season. Jake Odorizzi will start game one and is 6-2 with a 2.62 ERA and 46 strikeouts this season. In his career, Odorizzi is 1-3 with a 5.87 ERA and 23 strikeouts against the Angels.
The Los Angeles Angels will look to rebound after failing to complete the sweep of the Royals, dropping the series finale on Sunday by a final score of 5-1. Kevan Smith had a double and L.A.’s lone RBI in the loss while Mike Trout and Tommy La Stella each went 2 for 4 with Trout adding a double. Albert Pujols chipped in a base hit as well to cap off the Angels’ offense as a team in the defeat. Tyler Skaggs allowed four runs, three earned, on six hits while striking out seven over 5.2 innings of work, taking the loss to fall to 4-4 on the year. Taylor Cole will start game one and is 0-0 with a 4.91 ERA and 11 strikeouts this season. This will be Cole's first career start against Minnesota.
Minnesota is 6-0 in Odorizzi’s last 6 starts and 6-1 in their last 7 road games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Los Angeles is 13-5 in their last 18 games against the AL Central and 4-0 in their last 4 series opening games while the under is 4-1-3 in their last 9 games overall. The under is 5-2-1 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams.
Los Angeles has definitely stepped up their play lately, but the loss to the Royals in their last outing did a bit of a number on my confidence heading into this one. Minnesota stumbled a bit in their loss to Seattle, but the Twins have been playing some solid baseball in their own right lately and Odorizzi has done nothing but win over the last month and a bit, winning each of his last six starts, including his last start against the very same Angels last time out. It’s hard to beat a team twice in the span of a few days, but the Twins have a definite pitching advantage here, so I’ll side with Minnesota to draw first blood on Monday.