Minnesota Twins (63-71) at Texas Rangers (58-77)
|Date & Time||Sunday September 2, 2018, 3:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Texas Rangers -105 / Minnesota Twins -115 --- Over/Under: 12
The Texas Rangers and the Minnesota Twins meet in the rubber match of their three game set from Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas on Sunday.
The Minnesota Twins will look to bounce back after dropping game two of the series on Saturday by a final score of 7-4. Jake Cave hit a solo shot while adding a double in going 2 for 4 at the dish, while Logan Forsythe went 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI and Tyler Austin added an RBI of his own. Joe Mauer went 2 for 4 with a double to cap off the Twins’ offense in defeat. Jose Berrios took the loss, falling to 11-10 this season after allowing five runs on three hits while striking out six over four innings of work. Gabriel Moya will start game three and is 3-0 with a 4.72 ERA and 26 strikeouts this season. This will be Moya’s first career start against Texas.
The Texas Rangers will look to carry their momentum into the series finale on Sunday after winning game two. Almost all of Texas’ scoring came via the long ball, with Ronald Guzman belting a three run homer, while Rougned Odor, Nomar Mazara and Adrian Beltre each had a solo shot in the win. Yovani Gallardo got the win to improve to 8-3 this season after allowing three runs on six hits over five innings of work, while Jose Leclerc picked up his 8th save of the year. Yohander Mendez will start game three and is 0-1 with a 14.73 ERA and 1 strikeout this season. This will be Mendez’s first career start against Minnesota.
Minnesota is 4-13 in their last 17 games against the AL West and 10-24 in their last 34 road games while the over is 7-2 in their last 9 games against a team with a losing record. Texas is 1-5 in their last 6 games overall and 17-37 in their last 54 Sunday games while the over is 8-1 in their last 9 home games against a team with a losing record. Minnesota is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams in Texas.
Who knows what we’re going to see from either of these spot starters, so good luck if you’re trying to pick a side in this game. I don’t see Moya doing a whole lot and I don’t have a ton of faith in the Twins’ bullpen. On the other hand, Mendez gave up six runs in just three innings in his lone career start and I don’t see the issues being fixed here either. There hasn’t been a line released as of yet, but the first two games have hit as overs at around 10-11 runs as the total, so I’ll side with the over for a third straight game as I expect to hit double digits by the middle innings.