Steven Wright (6-4, 2.29 ERA) starts for the Boston Red Sox (34-25) as they square off against Tyler Duffey (2-4, 4.79 ERA) and the Minnesota Twins (18-41) in the first of a three-game series at Target Field. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Jun. 10 and can be seen on NESN and FSN.
Duffey pitched 5.2 innings in his last outing, surrendering four runs, striking out eight and walking two in a 7-5 defeat to the Rays. Eduardo Nunez (.332, 30 Rs, 9 HRs, 24 RBIs, 12 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run. Wright went 5.0 innings, surrendering three runs (three unearned), striking out three and walking five in a 6-4 win over the Blue Jays in his most recent start.
The Red Sox are a -150 favorite with the knuckleballer on the mound. The total is 9.5.
Pick - Min
The Red Sox lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Twins are 6-10. The Red Sox are 5-8 in close games this season.
When leading after seven innings, Boston is 18-10, while Minnesota is 9-14.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Red Sox are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Twins have a 2-0 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Twins are 10-7. The Red Sox have a 32-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking first in runs, Boston has earned 342 this season. Minnesota ranks 26th with 225 runs.
Ranking first in on-base plus slugging percentage, Boston has an OPS of .839 this season. Minnesota ranks 23rd with an OPS of .709.
The Red Sox are 20-20 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Twins are 12-33 when they allow at least one homer.