MLB Betting Previews – Minnesota Twins vs. Los Angeles Angels
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The Minnesota Twins will look to even things up tonight against the Los Angeles Angels in Game 2 of a three-game series at Angels Stadium. The action gets underway at 10:05 p.m. (ET) and the game will be available on MLB TV.
Minnesota’s bats were held in-check in a 5-1 loss as a 149 road underdog on Tuesday night. The setback was its third straight and sixth in its last 10 games. The Twins are fading fast in the AL Central race with an overall record of 50-59 and an eight-game deficit to Detroit after making a brief run in early July. They are 26-25 at home and 24-34 on the road.
Injuries have plagued this team all season long, but it is slowly putting its lineup back together with the return of Denard Span, who had missed the last two months because of a concussion. Justin Morneau and Alexi Casilla remain on the DL, but are due back in a couple of weeks.
Scott Baker will be on the mound tonight for Minnesota. He is 8-6 this season with a 2.86 ERA. His last time out against Texas, he gave up just two runs on eight hits over seven innings, but still got tagged with the loss. Baker is 1-5 lifetime against the Angels with an ERA of 4.40.
Los Angeles remains right on the Rangers’ tail in the AL West with sixth wins in its last 10 games. The Angels are just one game out of the lead with a record of 60-50. They are 31-27 on the road and 29-23 at home.
Pitching continues to keep LA in the race for the division. It is ranked first in the AL with a team ERA of 3.34. It is Joel Pineiro’s turn in the rotation for the Angels. This season has been a struggle for this right hander with a 5-5 record and 4.91 ERA. He has given up seven or more earned runs in seven of his last 10 starts and is fortunate to be 3-3 over that stretch. Against the Twins, Pineiro is 2-7 with a 4.33 ERA.
Head-to-head this season, the Angels have now won three of four with the total evenly split at 2-2. The advantage in tonight’s matchup goes to Baker and the Twins as they bounce back with a victory to tie this series at one game apiece.
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