Sunday, June 14, 2015
Globe Life Park
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Probable Pitchers: Phil Hughes (4-6) vs. Nicholas Martinez (5-2)
The Texas Rangers welcome the Minnesota Twins to Globe Life Park on Sunday. The Twins send Phil Hughes to the mound to face Nicholas Martinez of the Rangers. The opening line for this matchup has Minnesota at +105 and Texas at -115. The over/under was set at 9. The Twins, with a 36-24 run line record, cover the spread 60% of the time. They also have a 31-28 over/under record. The Rangers have a 27-31 over/under record and a 38-23 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 62% of the time.
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The Twins show up with a 33-27 record, including 13-15 on the road. Phil Hughes has an earned run average of 4.81 and is 4-6 so far on the season while having a 1.32 WHIP. The Twins are 4-8 over his 76.2 innings pitched and he's also given up 93 hits over that time period. The Twins are also 6-6 against the over/under in his starts. His teammates are averaging 3.4 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has given up 181 hits on the season and have a earned run average of 3.62. Opposing teams are hitting .255 against the Twins bullpen while walking 55 times and striking out 118 times. Minnesota is averaging 5.93 strikeouts per game while getting 9.42 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 13th in baseball in team earned run average at 3.77.
Minnesota ranks 18th in the league in team batting average at .248 while hitting .217 on the road. The Twins on-base percentage sits at .301, which puts them at 26th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .375. Brian Dozier leads the team in hits with 59 while the team ranks 21st in baseball with 8.28 hits per game.
Texas is 12-15 at home while holding a 32-29 overall record on the season. Nicholas Martinez is starting this game 5-2 for the season with an earned run average of 2.65 and a WHIP of 1.30. The Rangers have a record of 9-3 over the 71.1 innings he's pitched during which he's given up 69 hits. The Rangers are also 8-4 against the over/under in his starts. His teammates score an average of 6.2 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has given up 199 hits on the season and have a team earned run average of 4.41. Opposing teams are hitting .253 against the Rangers bullpen while walking 76 times and striking out 158 times. Texas is averaging 6.61 strikeouts per game while getting 8.93 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 20th in the league in team earned run average at 4.05.
They rank 17th in the league in team batting average with a .248 average while hitting .263 at home. The Rangers on-base percentage sits at .319, which puts them at 11th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .396. Prince Fielder leads the team in hits with 81 while the team ranks 15th in baseball with 8.51 hits a game.
In terms of team defense, the Twins have a fielding percentage of .982 with 40 total errors, 633 assists and 1,603 put outs. The Rangers have committed 55 errors on the season with 611 assists and 1,641 put outs leading to a team fielding percentage of .976 on the year.
Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 31-28 against the over/under so far this season
The Minnesota Twins are 36-24 against the run line so far this season
Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 27-31 against the over/under so far this season
The Texas Rangers are 38-23 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
06/04/15 P Ricky Nolasco Ankle Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/1)
05/16/15 CF Jordan Schafer Knee Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/16)
04/04/15 P Ervin Santana Suspension expected to miss 80 games
06/05/15 LF Josh Hamilton Hamstring Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/1)
06/01/15 3B Adrian Beltre Thumb Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/31)
05/29/15 P Nick Tepesch Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/7)
05/29/15 P Derek Holland Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/11)
05/26/15 P Neftali Feliz Side Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/20)
04/11/15 CF Ryan Rua Ankle Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/10)
04/06/15 P Lisalverto Bonilla Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/31)
04/06/15 P Matt Harrison Back Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/27)
04/06/15 P Yu Darvish Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/6), out for season
04/04/15 RF Antoan Richardson Back Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/2)
04/04/15 2B Jurickson Profar Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (2/24), out for season
04/04/15 P Martin Perez Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/11)
Tony's Pick: Take the Twins
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