Saturday, April 16, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Jered Weaver vs. Ricky Nolasco
The Los Angeles Angels visit Target Field on Saturday to play the Minnesota Twins. The probable starters are Jered Weaver for the Angels and Ricky Nolasco for the Twins. The opening line for this matchup has Los Angeles at -118 and Minnesota at +108. The over/under was set at 8.5. The Angels have a 3-6-1 over/under record and a 6-4-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 60% of the time. The Twins are 3-6-0 against the run line and have a 0-9-0 over/under record. They cover the spread 33% of the time.
The Angels head into this matchup with a 5-4 record, including 3-0 on the road. Starting pitcher Jered Weaver has a 1-0 record with an earned run average of 1.50 and a WHIP of 1.17. He has 4 strikeouts over his 6 innings pitched and he has given up 6 hits so far this season. He has allowed 9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.05. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.34 and they have given up 19 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .179 against the bullpen while being struck out 23 times and walking 8 times this season. As a team, Los Angeles has allowed 6.78 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.38 batters per nine. They are 8th in the league in team earned run average at 3.34. The Angels pitchers have collectively given up 71 base hits and 33 earned runs. They have allowed 11 home runs this season and they allow 1.2 homers per nine innings as a staff. Los Angeles as a pitching staff has walked 24 batters and struck out 70. They walk 2.7 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.17 and their FIP as a unit is 4.25.
As a team, Los Angeles is batting .279, good for 7th in the league while putting together a .288 average away from home. The Angels hold a .399 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .338 which is good for 9th in baseball. They rank 4th in baseball with 10 hits per game. Mike Trout comes into this game hitting .250 and his on-base percentage is at .342. He has 8 hits this season along with 4 runs scored and 4 runs batted in. He's struck out 10 times and has walked 5 times. Albert Pujols is hitting .176 and he has an on-base percentage of .243. He has totaled 6 hits so far while scoring 2 runs and he's driven in 7. He has walked 3 times and has struck out 6 times. The Angels have 67 hits, including 14 doubles and 3 home runs. They've stolen 2 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 1 time. Los Angeles has walked 28 times this season and they've struck out 48 times as a unit. They've left 60 men on base and have a team OPS of .618. They score 2.89 runs per contest and have scored a total of 26 runs so far this year.
Minnesota comes into this matchup with a 0-3 home record and a 0-9 overall mark. With an earned run average of 1.29, Ricky Nolasco has a 0-0 record and a 0.43 WHIP. He has 5 strikeouts over the 7 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 3 hits. He has allowed 3.9 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.64. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.90 and they have given up 32 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .278 against the Twins bullpen while being struck out 31 times and walking 14 times this season. As a team, Minnesota has allowed 9.31 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.5 batters per nine. They are 12th in the league in team earned run average at 3.61. The Twins pitchers as a team have surrendered 80 base knocks and 31 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 9 home runs this year and they give up 1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Minnesota as a staff has walked 28 hitters and struck out 73. They give up a walk 3.3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.5 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.40 while their FIP as a staff is 3.96.
As a team, they are batting .201, good for 28th in the league while putting together a .154 average at home. The Twins hold a .304 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .278 which is good for 26th in baseball. They rank 28th in baseball with 6.56 hits per contest. Brian Dozier comes into this matchup batting .152 and he has an OBP of .263. He has 5 hits this year along with 1 run scored and 1 RBI. He's struck out 9 times and has walked on 5 occasions. Joe Mauer is hitting .387 and he has an OBP of .487. He has collected 12 hits so far while he's scored 4 runs and drove in 2. He has earned a walk 6 times and has punched out 4 times. The Twins as a unit have 59 base hits, including 14 doubles and 4 homers. They have 5 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 4 times. Minnesota as a team has walked 28 times this year and they have struck out 94 times. They've had 70 men left on base and have an OPS of .582. They score 1.56 runs per game and have totaled 14 runs so far this season.
Los Angeles Angels Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Angels are 3-6-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Los Angeles Angels are 6-4-0 against the run line so far this season
Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 0-9-0 against the over/under so far this season
The Minnesota Twins are 3-6-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Los Angeles Angels
04/06/16 P Andrew Heaney Shoulder 15-day DL (4/4)
04/03/16 P C.J. Wilson Shoulder 15-day DL (3/25)
04/01/16 P Tyler Skaggs Elbow out indefinitely
04/14/16 CF Byron Buxton Hand injured last game, "?" Friday vs. Los Angeles Angels
04/14/16 SS Eduardo Nunez Wrist "?" Friday vs. Los Angeles Angels
04/13/16 P Glen Perkins Shoulder 15-day DL (4/11)
04/10/16 CF Danny Santana Hamstring 15-day DL (4/10)
Josh's Pick: Take the Twins
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