Minnesota Twins vs Boston Red Sox Prediction, 8/26/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Twins vs Boston Red Sox
Date: Thursday, August 26, 2021
Location: Fenway Park in Boston, MA
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota (+235) Boston (-323)
John Gant and the Minnesota Twins (54-71, 5th in AL Central) head to Fenway Park on Thursday where they'll meet the Boston Red Sox (72-55, 3rd in AL East). The odds on this matchup have the Twins priced at +235 and the Red Sox are at -323. The total opens at 10.5. The pitchers who are expected to start are John Gant and Chris Sale.
As a unit, the Minnesota Twins are putting up 4.6 runs per game, which has them sitting at 12th in the league. They have racked up 577 runs scored while having a team OBP of .318. The Twins have earned 208 two-baggers as a squad and have hit 177 balls out of the stadium. They have compiled 542 RBI's as well as 1,026 hits for the season, while their average at the plate comes in at .244. Minnesota is slugging .426 and have been called out on strikes 1,078 times, while drawing a walk on 423 occasions.
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Twins pitchers have conceded 190 home runs and also 669 total runs (28th in the league). Their pitching staff has walked 377 opposing batters and their FIP is 4.72 as a unit this year. Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 2.71 and their pitching staff has recorded a WHIP of 1.33. The Twins have a team ERA of 5.00 this year (28th in baseball), and their staff has rung up 1,020 batters.
The Twins have dispatched 398 relievers to the hill so far this year. The relief pitchers have inherited 130 base runners this year and 48.5% of those runners ended up crossing the plate. They have recorded 29 saves on the campaign and have blown 18 out of their 47 save opportunities. The Twins relievers have earned a save rate of 61.7% and has entered the game in 110 save situations. The relievers have accumulated 63 holds this season (15th in the league). Twins bullpen pitchers have gone to the mound with runners on base 99 times and also have had 136 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Minnesota Twins have amassed 3,282 putouts on the campaign, as well as 1,114 assists and 89 errors. Their fielding percentage is at .980 which ranks 30th in pro baseball, and they have twisted 825 double plays. The Twins have transformed 68.9% of balls in play into outs in their 9,846 innings, which ranks them 22nd in the majors.
Gant has pitched in 351 innings and has earned 306 K's so far in his MLB career. His ERA is 3.79 (148 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.382. He has conceded 297 hits (7.6 hits per 9 innings) and has had 188 free passes. Gant (23-22 mark in his career) sits with a FIP of 4.27 and he has gone up against 1,510 opposing hitters in the major leagues.
The Boston Red Sox have tallied an on-base percentage of .325 and a team batting average of .259 so far this year. They have struck out on 1,074 instances (20th in the league) and have accounted for 1,106 hits. Boston has hit 164 home runs this season as well as 603 runs batted in. The Red Sox hold a slugging percentage of .444 and they have an average of 5.02 runs per contest (6th in MLB). They have hit 264 two-baggers, while taking a walk 385 times as well as recording 637 runs.
The Red Sox hold a team WHIP of 1.392 and have a FIP of 3.91 as a team on the campaign. They are sitting at 28th in MLB as a pitching staff in total hits conceded with 1,113. The Boston pitching staff have conceded 582 runs so far this season while having a team ERA of 4.29 (527 earned runs conceded). Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 2.78 (1,187 strikeouts vs 427 free passes). They have yielded 133 long balls and they relinquish 4.74 runs per 9 innings (17th in baseball).
Sitting with 136 save situations, the Red Sox have tallied 74 holds and also 19 blown saves. Boston has called on relievers to enter the game in 57 save chances and they have recorded 38 saves. Their relievers have come in 137 times in high leverage situations in addition to 130 occasions with base runners. Boston relievers hold an inherited score rate of 30.4% out of 204 inherited runners. They are currently ranked 4th in MLB with a save percentage of 66.7%, and they have dispatched 425 relievers onto the diamond for the year.
In 9,957 innings on the diamond, the Red Sox hold a defensive efficiency of 65.4% (30th in pro baseball). The Boston Red Sox have twisted 113 double plays and have earned a fielding percentage of .981 (29th in professional baseball). The Red Sox have racked up 1,114 assists, 87 errors and have 3,319 putouts for the year.
Sale (111-73 mark in his career) holds a 3.02 earned run average and has surrendered 7.3 hits per nine innings. He has a K/BB ratio of 5.39 and he has gone up against 6,584 hitters in his career. He has conceded a total of 550 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.036 and a FIP of 2.9. So far in his career, Sale has surrendered 1,323 base hits while he has accumulated 2,020 strikeouts in 1,639 innings pitched.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Minnesota (+235)
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