Boston Red Sox vs Minnesota Twins Prediction, 4/15/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Boston Red Sox vs Minnesota Twins
Date: Thursday, April 15, 2021
Location: Target Field in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Bally Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Boston (+139) Minnesota (-150)
Michael Pineda and the Minnesota Twins (5-5, 3rd in AL Central) play the Boston Red Sox (7-3, 1st in AL East) at Target Field on Thursday. The Twins open this game at -150 while the Red Sox are coming in at +139. The total has been set at 8.5. The pitchers expected to start will be Garrett Richards and Michael Pineda.
As a team, the Boston Red Sox are scoring 6.2 runs/g, which puts them at 2nd in the league. They have earned 62 runs while having a team on-base percentage of .332. The Red Sox have tallied 28 doubles as a team and have knocked 15 baseballs out of the park. They have amassed 55 RBI's in addition to 100 base knocks so far this season, and their team batting average is at .277. Boston is slugging .479 and have been called out on strikes 83 times, while drawing a walk on 25 occasions.
The Red Sox have an ERA of 3.93 for the year (12th in MLB), and their staff has rung up 100 hitters. They have earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.22 and the pitching staff sits with a WHIP of 1.35. Red Sox pitchers have allowed 6 home runs and 45 total runs (16th in baseball). They have walked 45 players from the other team and their FIP is 3.41 as a unit so far this year.
The Red Sox bullpen have earned a save percentage of 66.7% and stepped onto the hill in 8 save situations. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 17 runners so far this year and 41.2% of them ended up crossing the plate. Red Sox relief pitchers have come into the game with opponents on base 12 times as well as having 12 appearances in high leverage situations. The Red Sox have dispatched 38 relievers to the mound on the season. The bullpen have racked up 5 holds this year (14th in baseball). They have compiled 2 saves for the year and have missed out on 1 of 3 chances to save the game.
Richards has taken the mound for 811 innings and has earned 708 strikeouts during his career. His ERA is 3.68 (332 ER's allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.263. He has surrendered 729 base knocks (8.1 hits per 9 innings) and has had 296 free passes. Richards (47-42 career win-loss record) holds a FIP of 3.71 and he has gone up against 3,413 hitters during his time in the major leagues.
Minnesota has compiled 13 home runs on the year as well as 54 RBIs. They have recorded 23 doubles, while getting a free base 41 times and putting up 57 runs. The Minnesota Twins have recorded a team on-base percentage of .337 and a team batting average of .254 over the course of the season. The Twins hold a slugging % of .434 and they are scoring 5.70 runs per game (4th in baseball). They have struck out on 103 occasions (16th in baseball) and have recorded 90 base knocks.
The Twins hold a team WHIP of 1.096 and have a FIP of 3.64 as a unit on the year. They currently have a K/BB ratio of 4.64 (102 strikeouts vs 22 free passes). They sit at 22nd in the league as a staff in total hits conceded with 78. They have allowed 13 homers and they surrender 3.75 runs per 9 innings (8th in the league). The Minnesota pitching staff have surrendered 38 runs for the season while having an ERA of 2.96 (30 earned runs yielded).
With 14 save situations, the Twins have recorded 9 holds in addition to 2 blown saves. Minnesota has had relief pitchers enter the game in 5 save opportunities and they have recorded 3 saves. Their relief pitchers have come in 18 times in high leverage situations and also on 6 occasions with runners on base. Minnesota bullpen pitchers have an inherited score rate of 40.0% of 5 inherited runners. They are currently ranked 16th in MLB with a save percentage of 60.0%, and they have sent 34 bullpen pitchers onto the field over the course of the season.
Pineda (54-46 win-loss mark in his career) has earned a 3.99 ERA while allowing 8.6 hits per nine innings. He has a K/BB ratio of 4.45 and he has faced 3,575 opposing batters thus far in his career. He has conceded a total of 383 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.181 and a FIP of 3.6. During his career, Pineda has allowed 826 base hits and he has 863 punch outs in 863 innings pitched.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Minnesota (-150)
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