Thursday, September 17, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Hector Santiago (8-9) vs. Tommy Milone (8-5)
The Minnesota Twins welcome the Los Angeles Angels to Target Field on Thursday. The probable starters are Hector Santiago for the Angels and Tommy Milone for the Twins. The opening line for this matchup has Los Angeles at -102 and Minnesota at -108. The over/under was set at 8.5. The Angels have a 67-70 over/under record and a 63-81 run line mark, meaning they cover 45% of the time. The Twins have a 65-67 over/under record and a 86-58 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 60% of the time.
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The Angels show up with a 73-71 record, including 29-40 on the road. Starting pitcher Hector Santiago holds a 8-9 record with an earned run average of 3.21 and a WHIP of 1.22. The Angels are 10-11 over his 165.1 innings pitched and he's also given up 139 hits over that time period. Against the over/under, the Angels are 11-10 in his starts. His teammates are averaging 4.2 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen's earned run average is currently 3.85 and they've given up 395 hits on the season. Opposing teams are hitting .244 against the Angels bullpen while walking 138 times and striking out 384 times. Los Angeles is averaging 8.77 strikeouts per game while getting 8.18 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 3rd in baseball in team earned run average at 3.41.
Los Angeles ranks 18th in the league in team batting average at .252 while hitting .250 on the road. Ranked at 2nd in the league in on-base percentage, the Angels sit at .329 and they hold a .418 team slugging percentage. Mike Trout leads the team in hits with 149 while the team ranks 25th in baseball with 8.42 hits per game.
Minnesota is 43-27 at home while holding a 75-69 overall record on the season. With an earned run average of 3.73, Tommy Milone will come into this game holding a 8-5 record and a 1.25 WHIP. The Twins have a record of 10-10 over the 115.2 innings he's pitched during which he's given up 114 hits. Against the over/under, the Twins are 9-8 when he starts. His teammates score an average of 4.4 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen's earned run average is currently at 3.99 and they have given up 433 hits on the season. Opposing teams are hitting .250 against the Twins bullpen while walking 143 times and striking out 332 times. Minnesota is averaging 6.39 strikeouts per game while getting 9.47 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 21st in the league in team earned run average at 4.11.
They rank 23rd in the league in team batting average with a .249 average while hitting .269 at home. Ranked at 27th in the league in on-base percentage, the Twins sit at .306 and they hold a .401 team slugging percentage. Joe Mauer leads the team in hits with 142 while the team ranks 26th in baseball with 8.4 hits a game.
The Angels have committed 80 errors and have combined for 1,315 assists and 3,842 put outs leading to a .985 team fielding percentage. The Twins have committed 75 errors on the season with 1,451 assists and 3,831 put outs leading to a team fielding percentage of .986 on the year.
Los Angeles Angels Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Angels are 67-70 against the over/under so far this season
The Los Angeles Angels are 63-81 against the run line so far this season
Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 65-67 against the over/under so far this season
The Minnesota Twins are 86-58 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Los Angeles Angels
09/16/15 P Huston Street Illness "?" Wednesday vs. Seattle Mariners
09/08/15 P Matt Shoemaker Forearm out indefinitely
08/26/15 2B Johnny Giavotella Eye Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/21)
07/31/15 P C.J. Wilson Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (7/29); out for season
04/16/15 P Tyler Skaggs Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/27)
09/03/15 P Glen Perkins Back out indefinitely
06/04/15 P Ricky Nolasco Ankle Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (6/1)
05/16/15 CF Jordan Schafer Knee Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/16)
Tony's Pick: Take the Angels
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