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Texas Rangers vs. Minnesota Twins - 8/17/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Minnesota Twins at Texas Rangers
Date & Time Saturday August 17, 2019, 8:05 PM (EDT)
Location
Globe Life Park in Arlington
Arlington, Texas
The Line
The Line: Minnesota Twins -167 / Texas Rangers +145 -- Over/Under: 11
TV Channel
FSN, FSSW
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The Minnesota Twins and Texas Rangers meet Saturday in MLB action at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

The Minnesota Twins look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Twins have scored 22 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 13 games. The Minnesota Twins have won six of their last 10 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 234 hits and 160 RBI. Jose Berrios gets the ball, and he is 10-6 with a 3.29 ERA and 144 strikeouts this season. Berrios is 2-1 with a 5.63 ERA and 24 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.

The Texas Rangers need a win after losing eight of their last 10 games. The Rangers have scored 16 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in seven of their last 11 games. The Texas Rangers have lost five of their last six games when scoring three or less runs. Elvis Andrus leads the Rangers with 127 hits and 58 RBI while Shin-Soo Choo and Nomar Mazara have combined for 222 hits and 107 RBI. Ariel Jurado gets the ball, and he is 6-8 with a 5.31 ERA and 72 strikeouts this season. This will be Jurado’s second career game against the Twins.

The Twins are 17-4 in their last 21 Saturday games, 2-10 in their last 12 during game 3 of a series and 2-6 in Berrios' last 8 starts. The Rangers are 1-6 in their last 7 Saturday games, 1-4 in Jurados last 5 starts with 4 days of rest and 1-6 in Jurados last 7 starts. The over is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Texas and 6-1 in the last 7 meetings. The under is 5-2 in Jurados last 7 home starts. The over is 3-0-1 in Berrios' last 4 starts overall.

Berrios has allowd 40 hits and 20 earned runs in his last 41.1 innings, and he has a 3.31 ERA and .220 allowed batting average on the road. Jurado has allowed 48 hits and 22 earned runs in his last 39 innings, and he has a 5.58 ERA and .294 allowed batting average at home. The Texas Rangers are a team that's falling apart by the day, and there's no way you can back Jurado with any confidence given how hard he's been hit this season. The Minnesota Twins need to keep beating up on bad teams to create some distance in the division. I'll continue to fade the Rangers.

Pick:
Minnesota Twins -167

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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