Ervin Santana (1-5, 4.50 ERA) and Tom Koehler (3-6, 4.50 ERA) are on the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Minnesota Twins (18-40) and the Miami Marlins (30-29) at Target Field. The Twins won the last game 7-5, and Minnesota leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jun. 9 and can be seen on FSN and FSFL.
Santana pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering five runs, striking out four and walking three in a 7-4 defeat to the Rays. Byung Ho Park (.220, 25 Rs, 11 HRs, 20 RBIs, 1 SB) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two runs, one home run, and one RBI. Koehler went 6.0 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out six and walking one in a 6-2 defeat to the Mets in his last outing. Marcell Ozuna (.314, 36 Rs, 11 HRs, 31 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Marlins, going 2 for 5 yesterday with two RBIs.
The Twins are a -130 favorite with a total of 9.5.
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Minnesota has won 41% (9-13) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Miami has won 46% (12-14) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Marlins are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Twins have a 2-7 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they are outhit, the Twins are 6-30. The Marlins have a 4-19 record when opponents outhit them.
Miami ranks near the bottom of the league at 28th when it comes to home runs, hitting 48 this season. Minnesota ranks in the bottom half with 64.
Ranking 24th, Miami is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 163 this season. Minnesota ranks in the bottom half at 19th with 175.
The Twins are 16-21 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Marlins are 21-13 when they hit at least one homer.