Minnesota Twins at Texas Rangers
|Date & Time||Thursday August 15, 2019, 8:05 PM (EDT)|
Globe Life Park in Arlington
The Line: Minnesota Twins -147 / Texas Rangers +125 -- Over/Under: 11.5
The Minnesota Twins and Texas Rangers meet Thursday in MLB action at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
The Minnesota Twins could use a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Twins have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last nine games. The Minnesota Twins have split their last eight games when scoring four or more runs. Jorge Polanco leads the Twins with 140 hits and 58 RBI while Eddie Rosario and Max Kepler have combined for 232 hits and 157 RBI. Devin Smeltzer gets the ball, and he is 1-2 with a 3.66 ERA and 25 strikeouts this season. This will be Smeltzer’s second career game against the Rangers.
The Texas Rangers could use a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Rangers have scored 11 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last nine games. The Texas Rangers have lost five of their last seven games when scoring three or less runs. Elvis Andrus leads the Rangers with 125 hits and 57 RBI while Shin-Soo Choo and Nomar Mazara have combined for 217 hits and 105 RBI. Pedro Payano gets the ball, and he is 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA and 14 strikeouts this season. This will be Payano’s second career game against the Twins.
The Twins are 7-1 in their last 8 during game 1 of a series, 15-7 in their last 22 vs. American League West and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The Rangers are 5-0 in their last 5 Thursday games, 10-4 in their last 14 vs. American League Central and 2-6 in their last 8 overall. The over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Texas and 5-1 in the last 6 meetings. The under is 6-2-1 in Rangers last 9 overall. The under is 4-0 in Smeltzer's last 4 starts overall.
Smeltzer has allowed 19 hits and eight runs in his last 19.2 innings, and he has a 7.11 ERA in 6.1 innings on the road this season. Payano has given up 20 hits and eight earned runs through 18.2 innings this season, and he has a 4.15 ERA and .353 allowed batting average in 4.1 innings at home. There's a reason this total is quite high. However, if you ignore the pitchers and just pay attention to the teams, it's the Minnesota Twins that have a higher probability of turning this week around, and they have far more left to play for. The Texas Rangers are simply counting the days until th offseason. I'll back the Twins on the road.