Arizona Diamondbacks at Minnesota Twins 9/22/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 9/21/2014
Monday, September 22, 2014
Target Field in Minneapolis
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Josh Collmenter (10-8), who is 1-1 with a 1.29 ERA this month, will make the start for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night when they go up against veteran Ricky Nolasco (5-11) and the Minnesota Twins.
Right-hander Josh Collmenter ended up losing his start against the San Francisco Giants last Tuesday despite pitching very well in the game. He made it through eight innings in that outing and gave up just two runs on seven hits while walking no one and striking out one. He lowered his ERA to 3.60 in that game and he has only walked 2.1 batters per nine innings this year.
Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki is hitless in four at-bats against Collmenter with no walks and three strikeouts. None of the other Twins have faced Collmenter more than three times.
Last week, Ricky Nolasco pitched eight scoreless innings against the Detroit Tigers, but he finished with just a no decision. The right-hander gave up just five hits in that outing and struck out five batters while walking one. Nolasco still has a very high 5.34 ERA through 25 starts and he has given up 189 hits in 148.1 innings.
Diamondbacks second baseman Didi Gregorius has seven hits in his 14 plate appearances versus Nolasco with two doubles and two RBI. Cliff Pennington is just 1-for-7 against him in his career with no walks and three strikeouts.
Arizona Diamondbacks Betting Trends
Arizona Diamondbacks are 71-78-6 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Arizona Diamondbacks is -0.8
Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
Minnesota Twins are 83-66-5 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Minnesota Twins is -0.4
Injuries to Watch
09/05/14 P Brad Ziegler Knee out for season
08/02/14 1B Paul Goldschmidt Hand 15-day DL (8/2), out for season
06/17/14 P Bronson Arroyo Elbow 15-day DL (6/16), out for season
06/10/14 3B Eric Chavez Knee 60-day DL (6/9), has retired
04/18/14 P David Hernandez Elbow 60-day DL (3/27), out for season
03/27/14 P Matt Reynolds Elbow 60-day DL (3/19)
03/27/14 P Patrick Corbin Elbow 60-day DL (3/19), out for season
09/21/14 SS Eduardo Escobar Shoulder is not expected to be in the starting lineup Sunday vs. Cleveland Indians
09/21/14 C Kurt Suzuki Rest is not expected to be in the starting lineup Sunday vs. Cleveland Indians
09/20/14 P Glen Perkins Forearm out for season
08/25/14 P Yohan Pino Elbow out indefinitely
05/03/14 P Mike Pelfrey Groin 60-day DL (5/1)
Josh's Pick: Take Arizona
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