Steven Wright (2-2, 3.90 ERA) and Kyle Gibson (4-3, 2.61 ERA) are on the hill in the last of a four-game series between the Boston Red Sox (24-30) and the Minnesota Twins (31-21) at Fenway Park. The Twins won the last game 2-0 and Boston leads the series 2-1. Action begins at 4:05 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jun. 4 and can be seen on FSN-N, NESN and MLB Network.
Wright pitched 5.2 innings in his last outing, surrendering three runs, striking out four and walking one in a 7-4 defeat to the Rangers. Dustin Pedroia (.299, 21 Rs, 7 HRs, 22 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday. When pitching against the Red Sox, Gibson is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA, 0.29 WHIP, and eight strikeouts. Brian Dozier (.260, 42 Rs, 10 HRs, 26 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Boston is a -149 favorite against Minnesota and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Red Sox have an overall money line of -1,007 and a record as the favorite of 15-19. Boston's batters do not strike out very often, with only 6.3 per game.
In games where it is the underdog, Minnesota has a 24-18 record and an overall money line of +1,526. They played solid baseball as the underdog over their last 10 games with a 7-2 record, and a 7-3 record SU. Offensively, they average 4.5 runs per game, which is good for fifth in the AL. Moving on to Minnesota's pitching staff and defense, the The Twins allow just 4.1 runs per game, ranking them fifth in the AL.
The Twins lead the season series, 4-2. The Red Sox have a 17-21 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Gibson takes the mound. Wright (RHP) will be on the hill against the Twins, who have a 15-14 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - BOS, O/U - Over
After last game's shutout win against the Boston Red Sox, the Twins now have five shutouts this season. The Red Sox have been shut out in four games this season.
When the Twins play into extra innings, they have a 3-1 record. The Red Sox are 2-1 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Twins are coming into this game after allowing zero walks during their last outing. The Red Sox have a 1-3 record when opponents give up that many walks.
When they outhit their opponents, the Red Sox are 20-3. The Twins have a 21-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 21st in runs, Boston has earned 202 this season. Minnesota ranks eighth with 230 runs.
Ranking 26th, Minnesota is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 124 this season. Boston ranks in the top five at third with 178.
When the Red Sox hit at least one home run, they are 18-15. When the Twins hit at least one homer, they have a 24-5 record.