Texas Rangers vs. Minnesota Twins - 8/18/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Minnesota Twins at Texas Rangers
Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 4:05 PM (Globe Life Park)
Texas Rangers -125 / Minnesota Twins +115 O/U: 11
TV: FSN, FSSW
The Minnesota Twins and the Texas Rangers will finish up their MLB series on Sunday.
The Twins took wins in the first pair of games in this set 13-6 and 4-3. In the Saturday matchup, Minnesota kept rolling with a big 12-7 win.
For Sunday’s game, the Twins will be going with Martin Perez in the start. Across his 128.0 innings and 8-5 record this year, Perez has a 4.57 ERA with 109 Ks and 52 BBs.
Minnesota jacked 18 hits on Saturday. Polanco and Sano combined for six hits, four runs and two RBI in that one.
Over on the Rangers’ side, they’re going with Lance Lynn Sunday. On 160.0 innings and a 14-8 record this year, Lynn has a 3.54 ERA with 184 Ks and 41 BBs.
Texas’ runs came early on Saturday; six of them in the first two innings—and they were still behind 8-6. Danny Santana led the way for the Rangers on two homers and four RBI.
The Twins are 4-1 in their last five overall and 4-1 in their last five road games. Minnesota is 5-0 in Perez’s last five starts versus the AL West and they’re 20-8 in the last 28 versus the AL West.
Meanwhile, the Rangers are 1-5 in their last six overall and 0-5 in their last five versus the AL Central. Texas is 10-2 in Lynn’s last 12 home starts and 5-2 in his last seven starts versus a team with a winning record.
Perez had a couple of stumbles this month, with 11 earned in 11.0 innings over a pair of starts. His last time up however, Perez put up 6.0 innings and zero earned in a quality start.
As for Lynn, he’s given up exactly one earned in each of his last four starts, but is just 2-2 in that time. Still, I’m going with the Rangers in this one.