Minnesota Twins vs Los Angeles Angels Prediction, 4/18/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Twins vs Los Angeles Angels
Date: Sunday, April 18, 2021
Location: Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA
TV: Bally Sports West
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota (+120) Los Angeles (-130)
Angel Stadium is the venue where Alex Cobb and the Los Angeles Angels (8-5, 2nd in AL West) will play the Minnesota Twins (6-8, 5th in AL Central) on Sunday. The Twins open this contest at +120 while the Angels are priced at -130. The total has been set at 9. The expected starting pitchers will be J.A. Happ and Alex Cobb.
As a team, the Minnesota Twins are recording 4.8 runs per game, which is 8th in MLB. They have a total of 67 runs scored while having a team on-base percentage of .333. The Twins have hit 27 doubles as a squad and have hit 14 baseballs out of the park. They have earned 64 RBI's as well as 119 base knocks this season, and their team batting average is sitting at .252. Minnesota is slugging .402 and have struck out 131 times, while taking a walk on 52 occasions.
The Twins are sitting with a team ERA of 3.83 so far this season (11th in MLB), and the staff has rung up 137 hitters. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 3.81 and the pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.22. Twins pitchers have allowed 16 long balls and also 61 total runs (18th in baseball). Their pitching staff has walked 36 opposing hitters and their FIP is 3.63 as a team this season.
The Twins relief pitchers have recorded a save percentage of 50.0% and has come into the game in 16 save situations. The relief pitchers have inherited 18 runners this year with 66.7% of those runners ended up scoring. Twins bullpen pitchers have come into the game with runners on base 12 times and also have had 22 appearances in high leverage situations. The Twins have sent 45 relief pitchers to the mound over the course of the season. The bullpen have accumulated 10 holds this season (4th in MLB). They have tallied 3 saves on the season and have missed out on 3 of their 6 save opportunities.
Happ (123-92 career mark) has earned a FIP of 4.22 while he has gone up against 7,413 hitters during his time in the majors. He has given up 1,652 hits (8.5 hits per nine innings) and has had 624 free passes. His earned run average is 3.98 (773 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.301. Happ has taken the ball for 1,750 innings and has tallied 1,546 strikeouts in his career.
Los Angeles has hit 17 home runs on the year as well as 62 RBIs. They have hit 15 doubles, while taking a walk 41 times as well as racking up 71 runs. The Los Angeles Angels have tallied a team OBP of .331 in addition to a team batting average of .265 for the year. The Angels have a SLG% of .425 and they score 5.46 runs per contest (4th in baseball). They have struck out on 111 occasions (23rd in MLB) and have accounted for 120 hits.
The Angels have a WHIP of 1.388 with a FIP of 3.50 as a staff on the year. They are sitting at 21st in MLB as a staff in total hits conceded with 111. The Los Angeles pitching staff have conceded 68 runs on the campaign and come in with a team ERA of 4.73 (61 earned runs conceded). They currently have a K/BB ratio of 2.74 (137 strikeouts against 50 walks). They have surrendered 12 homers and they yield 5.28 runs per 9 innings (22nd in the league).
Los Angeles relief pitchers have an inherited score percentage of 41.7% out of 24 inherited runners. Their relief pitchers have stepped onto the mound 16 times in high leverage situations in addition to 20 occasions with base runners. With 8 save situations, the Angels have earned 3 holds and also 2 blown saves. They rank 17th in the league holding a save percentage of 60.0%, and they have sent 46 relievers to the mound for the season. Los Angeles has had relievers step onto the hill in 5 save opportunities and they have tallied 3 saves.
Cobb (56-57 career mark) has a 3.89 earned run average and has conceded 8.8 hits per 9 innings. He has a K/BB ratio of 2.73 and he has faced 3,894 opposing batters so far in his career. He has allowed 401 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.264 and being the owner of a FIP of 4.0. During his pro baseball career, Cobb has given up 905 base knocks while he has accumulated 735 punch outs in 928 frames.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Los Angeles (-130)
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