Let One Get Away
Texas had its three-game winning streak snapped Tuesday night, as it dropped a 4-3 decision to Minnesota as -147 road favorites, while going UNDER the betting total of 8.
Rangers closer Joakim Soria was unable to hold the lead late—suffering his first blown save in nine opportunities this season.
MLB handicappers will find that the club is 5-1 on the road when the total is 9 to 9.5, with the UNDER going 3-2-1 in that situation.
Minnesota has been hovering around the .500 mark for most of the season, which isn’t surprising when you consider it has split its last 10 games, with the OVER going 5-4-1 in that span.
Twins first baseman Joe Mauer is going to have a hard time improving upon his .230 career average against the Rangers, as he’s gotten one hit in 11 at-bats against tonight’s opposing starter.
Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is 15-18 at home with a money line of -100 to -125.
Rangers starting pitcher Joe Saunders (0-1, 9.82 ERA) will be making just his second appearance of the season, as he landed on the disabled list early on with a stress fracture in his left ankle.
The left-hander is 3-2 with a 4.88 ERA in five career starts versus the Twins, but he hasn’t faced them since April 6, 2010.
Saunders will take the mound at this ballpark for the first time in his career.
Twins starting pitcher Kyle Gibson (4-4, 4.68 ERA) has alternated wins and losses over his last three efforts, as he comes off a 6-2 road defeat to the San Francisco Giants—surrendering five runs and five hits over five frames.
The right-hander is 3-1 with a 2.25 ERA in four home outings—not allowing a home run in 28 combined frames.
Gibson has never faced the Rangers in his brief time at the professional level.
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Rangers as one of their MLB picks, as the Twins are 1-5 in their last six games as home favorites of -110 to -150.
MLB Pick: Texas Rangers +100