Minnesota Twins vs Boston Red Sox Prediction, 8/24/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Twins vs Boston Red Sox
Date: Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Location: Fenway Park in Boston, MA
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota (+190) Boston (-256)
Tanner Houck and the Boston Red Sox (70-55, 3rd in AL East) play the Minnesota Twins (54-70, 5th in AL Central) at Fenway Park on Tuesday. The Red Sox open this contest at -256 while the Twins are coming in at +190. The O/U is set at 10.5. The pitchers taking the mound will be Griffin Jax and Tanner Houck.
As a squad, the Minnesota Twins are recording 4.6 runs per outing, which ranks them 12th in the league. They have earned a total of 568 runs and hold an on-base percentage of .317. The Twins have hit 206 two-baggers as a squad and have hit 175 balls out of the park. They have accounted for 533 RBI's and 1,012 hits this season, and their average at the plate is .243. Minnesota has a slugging % of .425 and have been called out on strikes 1,067 times, while drawing a walk on 418 occasions.
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The Twins have an earned run average of 4.95 so far this season (27th in the league), and the staff has rung up 1,013 hitters. Their pitching staff has walked 371 opposing batters and their FIP comes in at 4.68 as a unit so far this season. They have a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.73 and the pitching staff holds a collective WHIP of 1.33. Twins pitchers have conceded 186 home runs and 658 total runs (28th in the league).
Twins relief pitchers have entered the game with players on base 99 times in addition to having 136 appearances in high leverage situations. The relievers have racked up 63 holds on the season (15th in the league). The Twins relievers have accumulated a save percentage of 61.7% and stepped onto the hill in 110 save situations. They have compiled 29 saves this season and have blown 18 of their 47 save opportunities. The relievers have inherited 130 runners on the season with 48.5% of those runners earned a run for their team. The Twins have dispatched 395 relief pitchers to the mound on the campaign.
The Twins have turned 69.0% of balls hit into play into outs in their 9,774 innings on the field, which has them sitting 21st in pro baseball. The Minnesota Twins have earned a total of 3,258 putouts thus far, in addition to 1,107 assists and 88 errors. Their fielding rate is holding steady at .980 which ranks 30th in pro baseball, and they have turned 818 double plays.
Jax has pitched in 44 innings and has tallied 35 K's in his MLB career. Jax (3-1 record in his career) has earned a FIP of 5.92 while he has gone up against 187 batters during his time in the major leagues. His ERA is 5.11 (25 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.250. He has allowed 40 base knocks (8.2 hits per nine innings) with 15 walks.
The Red Sox hold a slugging % of .441 and they score 4.94 runs per contest (6th in MLB). They have recorded 260 doubles, while getting a free base 373 times as well as earning 618 runs. Boston has recorded 157 HRs for the year to go along with 584 RBIs. They have struck out on 1,059 instances (21st in MLB) and have earned a total of 1,087 hits. The Boston Red Sox have compiled a team OBP of .324 as well as a batting average of .259 over the course of the season.
The Boston pitching staff have given up 569 runs on the year and come in with a team ERA of 4.30 (519 earned runs relinquished). They have conceded 131 HR's and they relinquish 4.72 runs per 9 innings (16th in baseball). The Red Sox have a team WHIP of 1.390 in addition to having a FIP of 3.92 as a team over the course of the season. They have earned a K/BB ratio of 2.76 (1,164 strikeouts against 421 walks). They rank 28th in MLB as a staff in total hits surrendered with 1,089.
Boston relievers hold an inherited score rate of 31.2% out of 199 inherited runners. Their bullpen pitchers have come in 131 times in high leverage situations and also on 127 occasions with runners on base. With 130 save situations, the Red Sox have compiled 71 holds in addition to 18 blown saves. They rank 4th in MLB with a save percentage of 67.3%, and they have sent 416 relievers to the hill on the year. Boston has called on relief pitchers to step onto the mound in 55 save chances and they have come away with 37 saves.
In their 9,777 innings on the field, the Red Sox are sitting with a efficiency on defense of 65.6% (30th in the majors). The Boston Red Sox have turned 110 double plays and have notched a fielding percentage of .981 (29th in baseball). The Red Sox have recorded 1,087 assists, 84 errors and have a total of 3,259 putouts for the year.
In his pro baseball career, Houck has surrendered 39 hits while tallying 67 K's in 51 innings pitched. Houck (3-3 career record) has a 2.26 ERA while giving up 6.8 hits per 9 innings. He has given up a total of 13 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.065 and being the owner of a FIP of 2.4. He has a K/BB ratio of 4.19 and he has faced 207 batters in his pro baseball career.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Boston (-256)
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