Boston Red Sox at Minnesota Twins
|Date & Time||Tuesday June 18, 2019, 8:10 PM (EDT)|
Minnesota Twins +100 / Boston Red Sox -120
The Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins meet in game two of their three game set in MLB action from Target Field on Tuesday night.
The Boston Red Sox will look to keep their winning streak going after making it six in a row with a 2-0 win in the series opener on Monday. J.D. Martinez and Xander Bogaerts each went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI to round out Boston’s scoring as a team in the win. Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi and Michael Chavis each had base hits as well to cap off the Red Sox offense as a team in the victory. Rick Porcello got the win to improve to 5-6 on the year after tossing seven shutout innings, giving up just four hits while striking out eight. Ryan Brasier closed out the 9th for his 7th save of the season. David Price will start game two and is 4-2 with a 3.52 ERA and 71 strikeouts this season. In his career, Price is 10-4 with a 2.62 ERA and 120 strikeouts against Minnesota.
The Minnesota Twins will look to bounce back after dropping Monday’s series opener, being shut out in the process. C.J. Cron went 2 for 4 with a double while Nelson Cruz added a double as well. Jorge Polanco and Jonathan Schoop each chipped in base hits to finish off Minnesota’s offense as a team in the losing effort, as Minnesota cranked out just five hits as a team in the loss. Jose Berrios took the loss, falling to 8-3 on the year after allowing just one run on five hits while striking out ten over eight innings of work. Michael Pineda will start game two and is 4-3 with a 5.04 ERA and 57 strikeouts this season. In his career, Pineda is 5-5 with a 4.23 ERA and 62 strikeouts against Boston.
Boston is 21-7 in Price’s last 28 starts against a team with a winning record and 19-7 in their alst 26 road games while the over is 7-1 in their last 8 games against the AL Central. Minnesota is 1-4 in Pineda’s last 5 home starts and 30-12 in their last 42 games against the AL East while the over is 10-2-4 in their last 16 games overall. Boston is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
The Twins at even/plus money is tempting given how well the Twins have played up to this point and that Price is coming off of an outing in which he allowed six runs in just 1.1 innings. However, Price has had a lot of career success against Minnesota, and the Red Sox come into this game red hot right now, so while it may not be a popular opinion, I’ll side with the Red Sox until they cool off.