Friday, September 18, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Andrew Heaney (6-3) vs. Mike Pelfrey (6-9)
The Minnesota Twins host the Los Angeles Angels at Target Field on Friday. The Angels send Andrew Heaney to the mound to face Mike Pelfrey of the Twins. The opening line for this matchup has Los Angeles at -105 and Minnesota at -105. The over/under was set at 8.5. The Angels, with a 63-82 run line record, cover the spread 46% of the time. They also have a 67-71 over/under record. The Twins are 86-59 against the run line and have a 66-67 over/under record. They cover the spread 59% of the time.
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The Angels head into this matchup with a 73-72 record, including 29-41 on the road. Andrew Heaney has an earned run average of 3.32 and is 6-3 so far on the season while having a 1.19 WHIP. In his starts, the Angels are 9-6 over his 89.1 innings pitched this season while giving up 87 hits during those innings. Against the over/under, the Angels are 8-6 in his starts. His teammates are averaging 5.1 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.82 and they have given up 397 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .244 against the bullpen while being struck out 387 times and walking 138 times this season. As a team, Los Angeles has allowed 8.14 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.76 batters per nine. They are 3rd in the league in team earned run average at 3.39.
Los Angeles ranks 18th in the league in team batting average at .252 while hitting .250 on the road. The Angels hold a .418 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .328 which is good for 2nd in baseball. They rank 24th in baseball with 8.41 hits per game and Mike Trout leads the team with 150.
With a 43-28 home record, Minnesota will hope to improve on their 75-70 overall mark. Mike Pelfrey is starting this game 6-9 for the season with an earned run average of 4.09 and a WHIP of 1.45. In his starts, the Twins are 14-13 and he has allowed 177 hits over 152 innings pitched this season. Against the over/under, the Twins are 10-14 when he starts. His teammates score an average of 4.1 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.04 and they have given up 442 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .252 against the Twins bullpen while being struck out 337 times and walking 143 times this season. As a team, Minnesota has allowed 9.47 hits per nine innings while striking out 6.4 batters per nine. They are 21st in the league in team earned run average at 4.12.
They rank 24th in the league in team batting average with a .249 average while hitting .267 at home. The Twins hold a .400 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .305 which is good for 27th in baseball. They rank 26th in baseball with 8.39 hits per game and Joe Mauer leads the team with 143.
Los Angeles has a team fielding percentage of .985 after having committed 80 errors with 1,322 assists and 3,866 put outs for the season. For the home team, they hold a .986 team fielding percentage while committing 75 errors, accumulating 1,463 assists and compiling 3,867 put outs.
Los Angeles Angels Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Angels are 67-71 against the over/under so far this season
The Los Angeles Angels are 63-82 against the run line so far this season
Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 66-67 against the over/under so far this season
The Minnesota Twins are 86-59 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Los Angeles Angels
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)
09/16/15 P Glen Perkins Back expected to be available Friday vs Los Angeles Angels
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)
Guy's Pick: Take the Angels
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