Ervin Santana (3-8, 3.93 ERA) and the Minnesota Twins (37-61) meet Lucas Harrell (1-2, 4.24 ERA) and the Atlanta Braves (33-66) in the first of a two-game interleague series at Target Field. The Braves enter this series on a five-game losing streak. The game gets underway at 8:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jul. 26 and will air on FSN and FSSE.
In his last start, Santana pitched 7.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out two and walking one in a 4-1 victory over the Tigers. Miguel Sano (.250, 37 Rs, 15 HRs, 38 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 5 Sunday with one run. The Braves were unsuccessful against the Reds 6-3 the last time Harrell pitched. He went 6.0 innings, allowing four runs, striking out three and walking three. Freddie Freeman (.275, 49 Rs, 17 HRs, 36 RBIs, 3 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Braves, going 2 for 5 Sunday with one run and one RBI.
The Twins are a -200 favorite with a total of 9.
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Atlanta has won 30% (11-26) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Minnesota has won 50% (21-21) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Braves managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Twins who are heading in with an 11-12 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Braves are 22-14. The Twins have a 25-7 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 30th, Atlanta sits at the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 335 this season. Minnesota ranks in the bottom half at 17th with 435.
Ranking 30th, Atlanta is at the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.654). Minnesota ranks in the bottom half at 18th with an OPS of .734.
When the Braves allow at least one home run, they are 11-53. When the Twins allow one or more homers, they have a 26-49 record.