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Texas Rangers vs. Minnesota Twins - 8/16/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Minnesota Twins at Texas Rangers
Date & Time Friday August 16, 2019, 8:05 PM (EDT)
Globe Life Park in Arlington
Arlington, Texas
The Line
The Line: Minnesota Twins -109 / Texas Rangers -110 -- Over/Under: 9.5
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The Minnesota Twins and Texas Rangers meet Friday in MLB action at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

The Minnesota Twins look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Twins have scored 25 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 10 games. The Minnesota Twins have won 10 of their last 15 games when scoring four or more runs. Jorge Polanco leads the Twins with 141 hits and 59 RBI while Eddie Rosario and Max Kepler have combined for 233 hits and 158 RBI. Jake Odorizzi gets the ball, and he is 13-5 with a 3.44 ERA and 126 strikeouts this season. Odorizzi is 4-1 with a 3.38 ERA and 38 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.

The Texas Rangers need a win after losing seven of their last nine games. The Rangers have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 12 games. The Texas Rangers have split their last 10 games when scoring four or more 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. Mike Minor gets the ball, and he is 11-6 with a 2.90 ERA and 159 strikeouts this season. Minor is 4-1 with a 2.18 ERA and 15 strikeouts in his career against the Twins.

The Twins are 11-3 in their last 14 Friday games, 15-7 in their last 22 vs. American League West and 19-7 in Odorizzi's last 26 starts. The Rangers are 10-4 in their last 14 vs. American League Central, 6-1 in Minor's last 7 starts vs. American League Central and 4-1 in Minor's last 5 starts with 4 days of rest. 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 5-1 in Odorizzi's last 6 starts overall.

Odorizzi has allowed 38 hits and 20 earned runs in his last 34.2 innings, and he has a 3.63 ERA and .229 allowed batting average on the road. Minor has allowed 42 hits and 20 earned runs in his last 42.1 innings, and he has a 3.19 ERA and .241 allowed batting average at home. Minor hasn't allowed a run in his last 11 innings and he's a pitcher worth getting behind, averaging more than a strikeout per inning on the season. However, it's hard to make a case for the Rangers in their current form. The Minnesota Twins need to pile up the wins to keep pace with the Cleveland Indians and Odorizzi has been pretty much the same pitcher no matter where you put him. Give me the better team in this near pick em. 

Minnesota Twins -109

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