Sunday, July 10, 2016
Globe Life Park
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Probable Pitchers: Tommy Milone vs. A.J. Griffin
The Minnesota Twins head to Globe Life Park on Sunday to take on the Texas Rangers. The probable pitchers are Tommy Milone for the Twins and A.J. Griffin for the Rangers. The opening line for this game has Minnesota at +165 and Texas at -175. The over/under is 10.5. The Twins have a 52-29-5 over/under mark and a 42-44-0 run line record, meaning they cover 49% of the time. The Rangers are 53-35-0 against the run line and have a 46-37-5 over/under record. They cover the spread 60% of the time.
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The Twins head into this game with a 30-56 record, and they are 11-29 on the road. Starting pitcher Tommy Milone has a 1-2 record with an ERA of 5.45 and a WHIP of 1.57. He has 25 strikeouts during his 36.1 innings pitched and he has given up 46 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 11.4 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.3. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 4.46 and they have allowed 312 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .271 against the pen while they've been struck out 286 times and walked 91 times this year. As a unit, Minnesota has given up 10.07 base hits per nine innings while striking out 7.65 hitters per nine. They are 28th in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.97. The Twins pitchers have collectively given up 851 base hits and 420 earned runs. They have allowed 117 home runs this season and they allow 1.4 homers per nine innings as a staff. Minnesota as a pitching staff has walked 231 batters and struck out 646. They walk 2.7 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.42 and their FIP as a unit is 4.46.
As a team, Minnesota is hitting .250, good for 21st in the league while putting together a .238 average on the road. The Twins have a .412 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .317 which is good for 21st in the league. They rank 18th in baseball with 8.57 hits per contest. Joe Mauer comes into this game hitting .269 and his on-base percentage is at .371. He has 81 hits this season along with 40 runs scored and 27 runs batted in. He's struck out 59 times and has walked 49 times. Eduardo Nunez is hitting .323 and he has an on-base percentage of .350. He has totaled 100 hits so far while scoring 45 runs and he's driven in 38. He has walked 12 times and has struck out 41 times. The Twins have 737 hits, including 144 doubles and 99 home runs. They've stolen 58 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 17 times. Minnesota has walked 273 times this season and they've struck out 732 times as a unit. They've left 602 men on base and have a team OPS of .728. They score 4.33 runs per contest and have scored a total of 372 runs so far this year.
Texas comes into this game with a 29-13 home mark and a 54-34 overall record. With an ERA of 3.06, A.J. Griffin has a 3-0 record and a 1.21 WHIP. He has 45 strikeouts over the 47 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 37 hits. He has allowed 7.1 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.98. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.99 and they have given up 308 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .274 against the Rangers bullpen while being struck out 220 times and walking 103 times this season. As a team, Texas has allowed 9.11 hits per nine innings while striking out 6.58 batters per nine. They are 14th in the league in team earned run average at 4.29. The Rangers pitchers as a team have surrendered 798 base knocks and 376 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 112 home runs this year and they give up 1.3 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Texas as a staff has walked 298 hitters and struck out 576. They give up a walk 3.4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 6.6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.39 while their FIP as a staff is 4.82.
As a team, they are batting .266, good for 9th in the league while putting together a .281 average at home. The Rangers hold a .430 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .323 which is good for 17th in baseball. They rank 10th in baseball with 9.09 hits per contest. Ian Desmond comes into this matchup batting .318 and he has an OBP of .372. He has 109 hits this year along with 63 runs scored and 55 RBI. He's struck out 93 times and has walked on 28 occasions. Nomar Mazara is hitting .283 and he has an OBP of .332. He has collected 85 hits so far while he's scored 36 runs and drove in 36. He has earned a walk 22 times and has punched out 52 times. The Rangers as a unit have 800 base hits, including 138 doubles and 109 homers. They have 53 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 19 times. Texas as a team has walked 231 times this year and they have struck out 656 times. They've had 553 men left on base and have an OPS of .753. They score 4.91 runs per game and have totaled 432 runs so far this season.
Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 52-29-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Minnesota Twins are 42-44-0 against the run line so far this season
Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 46-37-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Texas Rangers are 53-35-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
07/08/16 CF Byron Buxton Knee injured last game, doubtful Saturday vs. Texas Rangers
07/08/16 SS Eduardo Escobar Hamstring "?" Saturday vs. Texas Rangers
07/04/16 3B Trevor Plouffe Ribs 15-day DL (7/1)
06/10/16 P Phil Hughes Knee 60-day DL (6/10); out for season
04/13/16 P Glen Perkins Shoulder 60-day DL (4/11); out for season
07/08/16 1B Mitch Moreland Calf "?" Saturday vs. Minnesota Twins
07/07/16 C Bryan Holaday Thumb 15-day DL (7/5)
06/26/16 P Colby Lewis Back 60-day DL (6/22)
06/22/16 P Derek Holland Shoulder 15-day DL (6/21)
06/14/16 P Yu Darvish Shoulder 15-day DL (6/9)
05/28/16 P Tanner Scheppers Knee 60-day DL (3/25)
05/24/16 CF Drew Stubbs Toe 60-day DL (5/23)
04/21/16 P Keone Kela Elbow 60-day DL (4/20)
04/04/16 RF Josh Hamilton Knee 60-day DL (3/25)
Tony's Pick: Take the Rangers
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