Thursday, July 7, 2016
Globe Life Park
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Probable Pitchers: Tyler Duffey vs. Chi Chi Gonzalez
The Minnesota Twins head to Globe Life Park on Thursday to take on the Texas Rangers. The probable pitchers are Tyler Duffey for the Twins and Chi Chi Gonzalez for the Rangers. The opening line for this game has Minnesota at +125 and Texas at -135. The over/under is 10.5. The Twins have a 51-28-4 over/under mark and a 39-44-0 run line record, meaning they cover 47% of the time. The Rangers are 53-32-0 against the run line and have a 44-37-4 over/under record. They cover the spread 62% of the time.
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The Twins head into this game with a 28-55 record, and they are 10-28 on the road. Starting pitcher Tyler Duffey has a 4-6 record with an ERA of 5.62 and a WHIP of 1.41. He has 59 strikeouts during his 73.2 innings pitched and he has given up 90 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 11 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.69. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 4.46 and they have allowed 307 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .272 against the pen while they've been struck out 279 times and walked 91 times this year. As a unit, Minnesota has given up 10.23 base hits per nine innings while striking out 7.55 hitters per nine. They are 28th in the Majors in team earned run average at 5.06. The Twins pitchers have collectively given up 835 base hits and 413 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 224 batters and struck out 616. They walk 2.7 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.44 and their FIP as a unit is 4.55.
As a team, Minnesota is hitting .247, good for 22nd in the league while putting together a .232 average on the road. The Twins have a .408 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .313 which is good for 21st in the league. They rank 20th in baseball with 8.46 hits per contest. Joe Mauer comes into this game hitting .262 and his on-base percentage is at .367. He has 76 hits this season along with 37 runs scored and 26 runs batted in. He's struck out 59 times and has walked 48 times. Eduardo Nunez is hitting .316 and he has an on-base percentage of .342. He has totaled 94 hits so far while scoring 43 runs and he's driven in 35. He has walked 10 times and has struck out 41 times. The Twins have 702 hits, including 137 doubles and 95 home runs. They've stolen 55 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 16 times. Minnesota has walked 254 times this season and they've struck out 714 times as a unit. They've left 569 men on base and have a team OPS of .720. They score 4.25 runs per contest and have scored a total of 353 runs so far this year.
Texas comes into this game with a 28-12 home mark and a 53-32 overall record. With an ERA of 9.53, Chi Chi Gonzalez has a 0-1 record and a 2.82 WHIP. He has 2 strikeouts over the 5.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 12 hits. He has allowed 19.1 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.58. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 5.03 and they have given up 296 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .275 against the Rangers bullpen while being struck out 212 times and walking 99 times this season. As a team, Texas has allowed 9.01 hits per nine innings while striking out 6.59 batters per nine. They are 13th in the league in team earned run average at 4.18. The Rangers pitchers as a team have surrendered 763 base knocks and 354 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 107 home runs this year and they give up 1.3 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Texas as a staff has walked 281 hitters and struck out 558. They give up a walk 3.3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 6.6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.37 while their FIP as a staff is 4.76.
As a team, they are batting .267, good for 9th in the league while putting together a .283 average at home. The Rangers hold a .432 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .323 which is good for 17th in baseball. They rank 10th in baseball with 9.13 hits per contest. Ian Desmond comes into this matchup batting .319 and he has an OBP of .372. He has 106 hits this year along with 62 runs scored and 52 RBI. He's struck out 87 times and has walked on 26 occasions. Nomar Mazara is hitting .284 and he has an OBP of .332. He has collected 82 hits so far while he's scored 35 runs and drove in 35. He has earned a walk 21 times and has punched out 52 times. The Rangers as a unit have 776 base hits, including 136 doubles and 108 homers. They have 51 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 19 times. Texas as a team has walked 220 times this year and they have struck out 621 times. They've had 530 men left on base and have an OPS of .755. They score 4.93 runs per game and have totaled 419 runs so far this season.
Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 51-28-4 against the over/under so far this season
The Minnesota Twins are 39-44-0 against the run line so far this season
Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 44-37-4 against the over/under so far this season
The Texas Rangers are 53-32-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
07/05/16 SS Eduardo Escobar Hamstring "?" Wednesday vs. Oakland Athletics
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
07/05/16 1B Mitch Moreland Calf "?" Wednesday vs. Boston Red Sox
07/05/16 RF Shin-Soo Choo Back left last game, "?" Wednesday vs. Boston Red Sox
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)
Guy's Pick: Take the Rangers
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