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

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TEXAS RANGERS MINNESOTA TWINS
52-57, 4th in American League West August 5, 7:10 PM | Grass of Target Field 52-55, 3rd in American League Central
Texas at Minnesota, MLB Baseball Sports Betting Lines
When: 7:10 PM ET, Saturday, August 5, 2017
Where: Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota
TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, FSN Southwest (Texas), FSN North (Minnesota)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Rangers LH Cole Hamels (5-1, 4.01 ERA) vs. Twins RH Kyle Gibson (6-8, 6.08)
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Texas Rangers [C. Hamels -L] -1½ +120 -125 Ov 9½ -110
Minnesota Twins [K. Gibson -R] +1½ -140 +115 Un 9½ -110
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The Texas Rangers and the Minnesota Twins will both be trying to pick up a win on Saturday when they battle at Target Field.

The Rangers will give the ball to starter Cole Hamels in this one. Left hander Hamels is 5-1 this season with a 4.01 ERA.

Starting this game for the Twins will be Kyle Gibson. The right hander has a 6.08 ERA to go along with a 6-8 record this season.

Hamels escaped with a no-decision against Seattle in his last turn after yielding four runs – three earned – and six hits in six innings. The 33-year-old has allowed 15 runs and 21 hits in 17 1/3 frames over his last three starts as his ERA has soared nearly a whole run from 3.05 to 4.01. Hamels defeated Minnesota on April 26, when he gave up three runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings and stands 2-1 with a 6.35 ERA in six career starts against the Twins.

Gibson will be recalled to make the start after a brief exile to the minors upon the team’s recent acquisition of Jaime Garcia, who since has been traded to the New York Yankees. “Any time you get sent down, it’s never easy, whether you deserve it or not,” Gibson told reporters. “So it was tough, but you have to understand and be a professional about it. They have decisions they need to make and, unfortunately, I was the one who had to go.” Gibson is 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA in five career starts against the Rangers but has served up two homers to Mike Napoli in nine at-bats.

Oddsmakers currently have the Rangers listed as 125-moneyline favorites versus the Twins, while the game’s total is sitting at 9½.

All-Star Miguel Sano is questionable to play for the Minnesota Twins on Saturday when they host the Texas Rangers for the third contest of their four-game series. Sano left Friday’s game after being hit by a pitch on his left hand and ensuing X-rays determined that he suffered a bruise and not a broken bone.

Sano, who is 4-for-6 with a homer against scheduled Texas starter Cole Hamels, sat out two games in late July after being plunked on the same hand, and the latest situation is prompting Minnesota manager Paul Molitor to take a wait-and-see approach. “We have all seen broken bones on pitches like that,” Molitor told reporters of Sano, who has 25 homers. “He’s been able to dodge that a couple times. That one scared me, the way he went down. I was surprised he got up as quickly as he did.” Minnesota moved within 3 1/2 games of Kansas City for the American League’s second wild-card spot after Friday’s 8-4 victory, a result that leaves the Rangers 4 1/2 games back. Elvis Andrus went 3-for-4 on Friday and is 8-for-12 over his last three games for Texas, which has dropped five of seven.

The Twins were a 8-4 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Rangers. That made winners of bettors who got Minnesota at -105 on the moneyline, while the total score (12) was good news for OVER bettors.

Texas was a 8-4 loser in its last match on the road against the Twins. They lost as -105 underdogs, while the total score of 12 made winners of OVER bettors.

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Texas:
Team record: 52-57 SU
Texas is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
Texas is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
Texas is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games on the road

Minnesota:
Team record: 52-55 SU
Minnesota is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games
Minnesota is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Minnesota is 10-2 ATS in its last 12 games when playing Texas

Next up:
Texas at Minnesota Sunday, August 6

MLB BASEBALL SPORTS BETTING TIPS

1. Twins 2B Brian Dozier went 3-for-5 with two solo homers on Friday after enduring a 5-for-37 stretch over his previous eight games.

2. Napoli was 0-for-4 on Friday and is 3-for-27 with 15 strikeouts over his last seven contests.

3. Minnesota 1B Joe Mauer, who is 0-for-12 versus Hamels, is hitless in five at-bats in the series and remains tied with Tony Oliva (1,917) for the third-most hits in franchise history.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Minnesota Twins will win outright at +115 and the game will go over 9½ runs according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Twins 8, Rangers 6 at bovada-logo-top-book.

SMART CHART
TEX TEAM MIN
4.92 RUNS 4.51
4.93 RUNS AGNST 5.18
-0.01 DIFF -0.66
-$243 MONEY $25
4.59 TEAM ERA 4.81
8.05 OFF HITS 8.54
3.24 OFF WALKS 3.73
9.12 OFF Ks 8.44
8.87 DEF HITS 9.48
3.40 DEF WALKS 3.21
7.09 DEF Ks 6.97
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 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Texas is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Texas’s last 7 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
MINNESOTA TWINS
Minnesota is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games
Minnesota is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing Texas
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota’s last 7 games when playing at home against Texas
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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