Wandy Rodriguez (3-2, 3.25 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (31-29) go up against Tommy Milone (2-1, 4.55 ERA) and the Minnesota Twins (33-26) in the first of a three-game series at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The game gets underway at 8:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Jun. 12 and will air on FSN-N and FSN-SW.
In his most recent outing, Rodriguez pitched 7.0 innings, giving up one run and striking out four in a 4-2 victory over the Royals. Mitch Moreland (.308, 17 Rs, 7 HRs, 24 RBIs, 1 SB) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one run and two RBIs. In his pitching opportunities against the Rangers, Milone is 2-4 with a 4.95 ERA, 25 strikeouts and eight walks.
Texas is a -135 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at nine runs. The Rangers are 3-3 as the favorite and have an overall money line of +1,334. They have SU record of 7-3 and are unbeaten as the favorite (1-0) over their last 10 games. The Rangers rank fifth in the AL in hits with 8.7 per game. Over their past 10 games, Texas's pitchers have been playing lights out, only allowing 2.7 runs per game, below their season average of 4.4.
On the other side, the Twins have a record of 27-20 when they are the underdog and are +1,364 overall with the money line. During the last 10 games, they averaged 2.5 runs per game, below their 4.2 season average.
The Rangers will take on a left-hander (Milone) in this game and have a 9-11 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. The left-handed Rodriguez will take the mound against the Twins. Against lefty starters this season, they've racked up an impressive 15-8 record overall and 8-4 on the road.
Predictions: SU Winner - TEX, O/U - Over
For the 10th time this season, the Twins registered at least two errors in a game.
When the Twins play into extra innings, they have a 3-1 record. The Rangers are 3-2 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Twins are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Rangers have an 11-15 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rangers are 24-3. The Twins have a 22-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 13th in runs, Minnesota has earned 250 this season. Texas ranks fifth with 269 runs.
Ranking 23rd, Minnesota is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 142 this season. Texas ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 187.
The Rangers are 23-12 when they hit at least one home run. The Twins perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 25-9 record.