Texas Rangers vs. Minnesota Twins, Thursday, MLB Baseball Odds, Las Vegas Sports Betting, Picks and Predictions

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TEXAS RANGERS MINNESOTA TWINS
51-56, 4th in American League West August 3, 8:10 PM | Grass of Target Field 51-54, 3rd in American League Central
Texas at Minnesota, MLB Baseball Sports Betting Lines
When: 8:10 PM ET, Thursday, August 3, 2017
Where: Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota
TV: 8:05 p.m. ET, FSN Southwest (Texas), FSN North (Minnesota)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Rangers RH A.J. Griffin (4-2, 5.77 ERA) vs. Twins LH Adalberto Mejia (4-4, 4.07)
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Texas Rangers [A. Griffin -R] +1½ -165 +116 Ov 10 -105
Minnesota Twins [A. Mejia -L] -1½ +145 -126 Un 10 -115
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The Texas Rangers and the Minnesota Twins will both be trying to pick up a win on Thursday when they battle at Target Field.

Right hander A.J. Griffin will take the mound for the Rangers to start this game. Griffin is 4-2 this season with a 5.77 ERA.

It’ll be Adalberto Mejia toeing the rubber for the Twins in this contest. Left hander Mejia is 4-4 with a 4.07 ERA so far this season.

Griffin will be activated to make his first major-league start since injuring his left intercostal muscle in late May. The 29-year-old, who is 2-1 with a 5.00 ERA in three career starts against the Twins, was stunned the injury sidelined him for more than two months. “I didn’t think it’d be this long. … I thought it took a little bit longer than I expected,” Griffin told reporters. “With the way that everything was going, with the trade deadline and everything, we didn’t really know what we were doing yet, so I was just trying to hang tight and stay positive and just control the things that I could control.”

Mejia is winless in his last four turns, with no-decisions in each of his last three outings. The 24-year-old rookie has experienced some difficulties in his 10 home starts, going 2-3 with a 4.91 ERA and 1.54 WHIP. Mejia, who never has faced Texas, has allowed fewer than three runs in six of his last eight turns.

Oddsmakers currently have the Twins listed as 126-moneyline favorites versus the Rangers, while the game’s total is sitting at 10.

The Minnesota Twins and Texas Rangers have been sliding downward in the American League wild-card race, and both teams look to turn things around when they open a four-game series on Thursday at Target Field. The Twins won for just the second time in nine games on Wednesday, the same day on which the Rangers halted their four-game losing streak.

Minnesota’s slide has dropped it 3 1/2 games behind Kansas City for the AL’s second wild card, while Texas is 4 1/2 games back. Both clubs made deals at the non-waiver trade deadline that appear to indicate they aren’t viable contenders, as the Twins dealt closer Brandon Kintzler while the Rangers parted with top starter Yu Darvish. Texas youngster Joey Gallo is in the midst of a torrid power display, with three homers in his last two games and six over nine contests. Joe Mauer recorded two hits in Minnesota’s 5-2 win over San Diego on Wednesday to tie Tony Oliva (1,917) for third place on the franchise list.

Last time out for Minnesota, they were a 5-2 winner as they battled the Padres on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Twins at 100 were rewarded, while the 7 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

The Rangers were a 5-1 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Mariners. That made winners of bettors who got Texas at -115 on the moneyline, while the total score (6) was good news for UNDER bettors.

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Texas:
Team record: 51-56 SU
Texas is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Texas is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Texas’s last 6 games

Minnesota:
Team record: 51-54 SU
Minnesota is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Minnesota is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games
Minnesota is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Texas at Minnesota Friday, August 4

MLB BASEBALL SPORTS BETTING TIPS

1. Rangers 2B Rougned Odor went 0-for-3 on Wednesday after collecting four homers and nine RBIs over his previous three games.

2. Minnesota 3B Miguel Sano slugged his 25th homer on Wednesday after going deep just once in his previous nine contests.

3. Texas RF/DH Shin-Soo Choo went 6-for-12 with four runs scored in the team’s three-game series against Seattle.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Minnesota Twins will win outright at -126 and the game will go over 10 runs according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Twins 7, Rangers 5 at bovada-logo-top-book.

SMART CHART
TEX TEAM MIN
4.93 RUNS 4.51
4.93 RUNS AGNST 5.20
0.00 DIFF -0.69
-$245 MONEY $42
4.59 TEAM ERA 4.82
8.03 OFF HITS 8.56
3.25 OFF WALKS 3.75
9.14 OFF Ks 8.48
8.90 DEF HITS 9.49
3.42 DEF WALKS 3.23
7.10 DEF Ks 6.95
INJURIES
TEXAS RANGERS
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
Shin-Soo Choo OF 15-Day Disabled List
Colby Lewis P 15-Day disabled List
Tanner Scheppers P 60-Day Disabled List
Prince Fielder DH 15-Day Disabled List
Lucas Harrell P 15-Day Disabled List
Shawn Tolleson P 60-Day Disabled List
MINNESOTA TWINS
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
Buddy Boshers P 15-Day Disabled List
Phil Hughes P 60-day Disabled List
Glen Perkins P 15-Day Disabled List
Trevor May P 15-Day Disabled List
Tommy Milone P 15-Day Disabled List
Danny Santana OF 15-Day Disabled List
BETTING TRENDS
TEXAS RANGERS
Texas is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Texas’s last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Texas’s last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Texas’s last 6 games when playing Minnesota
Texas is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Texas’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
Texas is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
MINNESOTA TWINS
Minnesota is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 6 games when playing Texas
Minnesota is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Texas
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 5 games when playing at home against Texas
Minnesota is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Texas
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Texas’s Overall Scoring vs Minnesota’s Overall Defense 4.9 3 5.2 14
Texas’s Away Scoring vs Minnesota’s Home Defense 4.3 11 5.9 15
Texas’s Road ERA vs Minnesota’s Home ERA Allowed 4.8 11 4.6 9
Minnesota’s Overall Scoring vs Texas’s Overall Defense 4.5 10 4.9 9
Minnesota’s Home Scoring vs Texas’s Road Defense 4.7 11 5.0 10
Minnesota’s Home ERA vs Texas’s Road ERA Allowed 5.3 15 3.9 11
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
RANGERS
Rangers are second best in K’s per game with 6.6.
TWINS
Twins are the third lowest scoring team in the league at 3.8 runs per game.
Twins are second worst in K’s per game with 8.8.
Twins have the second weakest defence in the league at 4.9 runs per game.
Twins have the worst hits allowed in the league, allowing 9.8 per game.
Twins are the third best in base on balls allowed, allowing 2.8 per game.
Twins trail the league in K’s with 6.1 per game.

 

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