Kyle Gibson (8-9, 3.78 ERA) and Yovani Gallardo (8-9, 3.47 ERA) take the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Minnesota Twins (55-56) and the Texas Rangers (55-55) at Target Field. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 11 and can be seen on FSN and FSSW.
Gibson pitched 4.2 innings in his last outing, surrendering eight runs, striking out four and walking three in a 9-3 defeat to the Blue Jays. Gallardo went 5.0 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out three and walking two in a 4-3 win over the Astros in his most recent start. Rougned Odor (.283, 31 Rs, 8 HRs, 39 RBIs, 5 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 3 Sunday with one RBI.
The odds for Minnesota and Texas are Minnesota -105, while the Over/Under (O/U) is 8.5. Minnesota's pitching staff has been doing poorly against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, allowing an average of 7.2 runs per game, well above its season average of 4.5. The Twins are the top team in the AL at limiting walks to their opponents, allowing only 2.5 walks per game so far this season.
Offensively, they average 4.5 runs per game, which is good for third in the AL.
The Rangers lead the season series, 2-1. The Twins have a 34-38 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Gallardo takes the mound. Gibson (RHP) will be on the hill against the Rangers, who have a 36-33 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Tex
When leading after 7 innings, Minnesota is 17-21, while Texas is 20-28.
The Rangers are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Twins have an 11-26 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rangers are 43-7. The Twins have a 39-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 13th in runs, Minnesota has earned 465 this season. Texas ranks fifth with 493 runs.
Ranking 24th, Minnesota is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 273 this season. Texas ranks in the top half at 13th with 322.
The Twins are 42-23 when they hit at least one home run. The Rangers perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 42-22 record.