05/09/2013 09:33 AM
This is a Free play on the Minnesota Twins +1.5
The Twins have taken two of three so far in Boston, and they will wrap up the series Thursday at Fenway. Boston's bullpen continues to struggle, and that's not good news for the Red Sox since they send John Lackey to the mound coming off a poor outing his last time out.
Lackey (1-2, 3.52 ERA) saw his first pitch hit out of the park by Ian Kinsler, and ended up allowing three runs on six hits, while walking three over five innings in a 5-1 loss to Texas in his last start. He put together two quality starts prior to that, but those came against Houston and Toronto. Lackey hasn't gone deeper than the sixth inning in any of his starts this year, so you can expect Boston's bullpen to be a factor once again.
Joe Mauer has seen plenty of Lackey, and he hasn't been fooled. Mauer is batting .435 with a pair of home runs in 23 at bats versus the veteran right-hander.
The Twins will hand the ball to Kevin Correia, who's transition over to the American League has been a smooth one. Correia (3-2, 2.83) isn't what you would call an intimidating pitcher, there is nothing fancy about his pitching, he simply gets the job done.
He's coming off a loss, allowing four runs on six hits over five innings in a 7-3 game at Cleveland. Prior to that he tossed eight scoreless innings in a 5-0 shutout win at home versus Texas.
We aren't looking for Correia to toss a shutout here, and the way Minnesota is swinging the bats, going up against Lackey, he likely won't need to.
The Price is right for a play on Minnesota +1.5.