Back the Twins vs. Giants for MLB Picks

Jeff Grant

Friday, May 23, 2014 12:53 PM UTC

Friday, May. 23, 2014 12:53 PM UTC

The Minnesota Twins are playing their best baseball of the season, which makes them a  dangerous road underdog against the San Francisco Giants Friday night.

Looking to continue its winning ways
Minnesota is two games over .500 for the first time during the 2014 campaign, as it comes off a 2-0 victory over the San Diego Padres as +126 road underdogs Wednesday, while going UNDER the betting total of 6.5. 

The Twins are 4.5 games behind the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central division, which is a bit surprising due to their 4.51 team ERA.

It’s important to point out that the franchise has won its last five series openers.

Scoring first
San Francisco has alternated wins and losses over its last four contests, while it has compiled a 21-4 record when scoring first this season. 

The Giants are being led offensively by third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who is batting .370 over his last 12 games, while the club welcomed back catcher Buster Posey to the lineup last night after missing time with a lower back injury.

MLB handicappers will find that the team is 3-8 in its last 11 interleague games versus a foe with a winning record.

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Twins starting pitcher Kyle Gibson (4-3, 4.20 ERA) has watched the club alternate wins and losses over his last four trips to the hill, as he looks to build off a 5-4 home victory over the Seattle Mariners last time out. 

The right-hander is 1-2 with a 7.41 ERA in four road appearances—issuing 10 walks and striking out eight batters in 17 combined frames.

Gibson will be facing the Giants for the first time in his career.

Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum (3-3, 4.74 ERA) suffered a 5-0 home defeat to the Miami Marlins last Saturday, as he surrendered three runs and seven hits over six innings of work. 

The right-hander is 1-2 with a 4.61 ERA in five home outings—issuing 10 walks and striking out 30 batters in 27.1 combined frames.

Lincecum earned a 2-1 victory in his only previous effort against the Twins, as he gave up just three hits and recorded 12 strikeouts.

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Twins as one of their MLB picks, as the Giants are 3-7 in Lincecum’s last 10 interleague efforts. 

Pick: Minnesota Twins +140


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