In the second of a three-game series between the Minnesota Twins (56-56) and the Texas Rangers (55-56) at Target Field, Mike Pelfrey (5-7, 4.06 ERA) and Nick Martinez (7-6, 3.91 ERA) get the start. The Twins won the last game 3-2 and Minnesota leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 8:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 12 and will air on FSN and FSSW.
In his most recent outing, Pelfrey pitched 3.2 innings, giving up seven runs, striking out two and walking one in a 10-9 loss to the Indians. Eddie Rosario (.274, 37 Rs, 6 HRs, 26 RBIs, 9 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Rangers were victorious the last time Martinez pitched. He pitched well, going 5.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out one and walking three in a 4-3 victory over the Astros. Prince Fielder (.327, 55 Rs, 17 HRs, 66 RBIs) has been doing well, going 2 for 4 yesterday.
Minnesota is favored by a small -110 margin in its matchup against Texas. The matchup currently has a nine-run Over/Under (O/U). The Twins are 12-9 as the favorite and have an overall money line of +960. They have SU record of 2-8 and are unbeaten as the favorite (1-0) over their last 10 games. Minnesota's pitching staff will be looking to pick it up in this one after recent struggles. The Twins have given up an average of 7.2 runs to opponents in their last 10 games, above their season average of 4.5 runs per game. The Twins don't give up many walks to opposing batters, leading the AL with only 2.5 walks allowed per game.
Moving on to the away team, the Rangers come into this game with a win percentage of .522 when playing as the underdog (47-43) and an overall money line of +1,584. They have played at the top of their game when rated as the underdog as of late. They managed a 5-1 record when playing as the underdog and an SU record of 7-3. They sport the third-ranked offense in the AL, averaging 4.5 runs per game.
The Twins will take on a right-hander (Martinez) in this game and have a 34-38 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Rangers will be the right-hander Pelfrey. They sport a 36-33 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - Tex, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Rangers lost by a margin of one run. The Twins are 16-14 in one-run games. The Rangers have a 20-18 record in close games.
The Twins are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Rangers have a 19-31 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Twins are 10-49. The Rangers have a 10-43 record when opponents outhit them.
Minnesota ranks in the bottom half of the league at 19th when it comes to home runs, hitting 99 this season. Texas ranks in the top 10 at 10th with 114.
Ranking 11th, Minnesota is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.26 per game. Texas ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 8.75.
Ranking 20th, Minnesota is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.699). Texas ranks in the top half at 11th with an OPS of .728.
When the Rangers allow at least one home run, they are 29-43, well-matched with the Twins who are 32-44 when allowing at least one homer.