Kyle Gibson (0-3, 6.10 ERA) and the Minnesota Twins (18-42) go up against Eduardo Rodriguez (1-1, 5.40 ERA) and the Boston Red Sox (35-25) in the second of a three-game series at Target Field. The Red Sox won the last game 8-1, and Boston leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 2:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jun. 11 and will air on NESN and FSN.
In his last start, Gibson pitched 3.0 innings, giving up seven runs, striking out one and walking two in an 8-4 loss to the Nationals. Eduardo Nunez (.330, 31 Rs, 9 HRs, 24 RBIs, 12 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run. The Red Sox were also unsuccessful the last time Rodriguez pitched. He did not do well, pitching 5.2 innings, allowing five runs and walking three in a 5-4 loss to the Blue Jays. David Ortiz (.340, 28 Rs, 16 HRs, 55 RBIs, 1 SB) has been doing well offensively for the Red Sox, going 2 for 5 yesterday.
The Red Sox are a -140 road favorite for this matinee Saturday game at Target Field. The total is 9.5.
Pick - Bos
The Red Sox are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Twins have a 6-20 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Twins are 10-7. The Red Sox have a 33-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking first in runs, Boston has earned 350 this season. Minnesota ranks 27th with 226 runs.
Ranking first in on-base plus slugging percentage, Boston has an OPS of .841 this season. Minnesota ranks 23rd with an OPS of .706.
When the Red Sox allow at least one home run, they are 20-20. When the Twins allow one or more homers, they have a 12-34 record.