The Minnesota Twins and Texas Rangers meet for the Moment of a four-game series on Friday night at Arlington.
Minnesota jumped on the Rangers in the opener, as they recorded a 13-6 triumph in a persuasive affair in Texas. The Twins are in a heated race with the Cleveland Indians for high honors at the AL Central. They have been going back and forth recently, together with the Twins going to the weekend having a half game lead on the Indians.
The Indians were able to keep pace with the Twins due to your 19-5 beatdown of the Yankees. Minnesota got zero help in the Yankees when they needed them to carry out. The Indians aren’t going to get it easy over the next few days, though.
They shouldn’t expect the Yankees to put right down and play dead after becoming embarrassed. I’ll say that this is far more exciting than what occurred in the AL Central a season ago. Cleveland ran away with the division leaving no doubts regarding who had been winning at this stage in 2018. Cleveland have business this season and it’s truly going to become a coin exchange in September.
The Indians have been the favorites entering the season and could be the right side today. After clawing back out of a hole at the NL Central and then acquiring Yasiel Puig, the Indians are likelier the safer pick. However, I don’t think the Twins will be moving anywhere.
Their offense can strike quickly and are the more consistent component in that respect. We’ll see whether they can continue to keep the sexy stroke tonight against Mike Minor, who has been sizzling sexy recently. The Twins will counter with Jake Odorizzi. Head under for our free Twins vs. Rangers pick.
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Mike Minor voiced his displeasure until the trade deadline about not wanting to be traded. He as pretty outspoken about it and did not take care of moving again after connecting the Rangers last year. The Rangers ended up hanging Minor despite the possibility of getting something worthwhile in exchange . He has rewarded his team with quality. Minor goes into Friday with a rock solid ERA of 2.90 and also 1.17 WHIP. He is on pace for his best year as a starting pitcher.
His career-high now is a 2.55 ERA with the Royals at 2017, but was 65 appearances out of the bullpen. Minor didn’t get a start that season regardless of his elite pitching as a result. The Rangers made him a starter again in Arlington and are reaping the rewards in 2019. Minor was at a downslope before turning it back recently. He’d allowed at least 4 earned runs in four straight games, having permitted 5 against the Mariners to finish July.
Minor hasn’t allowed a run since that match, since he pitched 14 directly innings of scoreless baseball from the Indians and Brewers. A solid performance in 3 consecutive games is going to be tricky with the Twins on faucet. The Twins are 3rd from the significant leagues that 5.72 runs scored per match. They have been better on the road, with over 6 runs scored per game. Minnesota are 37-22 around the road, which is among the best street records in the majors.
Odorizzi was hot as well recently. Even sexier than Minor mathematically, because he enters Friday with the ERA of 1.04 in his past 3 outings. He has allowed 10 runs in 84 at-bats against the Rangers, while Minor has surrendered 14 runs in 85 at-bats from the Twins. This is likely going to be a closer match than a night, but the winning group is shaping up to be the exact same. The Twins look night.