Two of the great small market teams in MLB betting action meet at Target Field on Saturday, as the Texas Rangers face the Minnesota Twins.
The Rangers really seem to be the only team in the AL West that is playing all that well at this point, and the end result that is that they are starting to pull away just a bit from the rest of the field. The MLB odds suggest that Texas will end up winning the division and getting a chance to defend its American League title. Colby Lewis had an awful start earlier this week against the Detroit Tigers, allowing nine runs in 3.1 innings of work, including allowing four home runs. Lewis had only allowed one homer in his previous four starts combined. Lewis still has a 4.37 ERA this year, which isn't all that bad all things considered. He has had an awful career against the Twins, which is bad news for this particular game. Lewis has eight appearances in his career against Minnesota, four of which have been starts. He is 0-3 with a dreadful 7.03 ERA in his 24.1 innings of work. The good news though, is that he has a 2.17 ERA in six starts on the road this year, including both of his complete games and his lone shutout.
Doesn't it just feel like the Twins are going to be storming back into the race in the AL Central at some point soon? They've split the first two games of this series against the defending league champs, and they are now 7-2 in their last nine games overall. And, as we have to remember, before this weekend series started, Minnesota had played almost double the road games as it did home games. Don't think that that 7-16 record here at Target Field is going to continue for the whole season. Scott Baker will try to turn things around on Saturday afternoon in this nationally televised duel. Baker has always been a seven innings, three or four runs type of pitch, and that has really been the case for most of the season this year a well. With some more run support, Baker would probably have a significantly better record. He is just 3-4 this year though, and he has a 3.86 ERA. Batters are only hitting .259 against him, and he has a 1.30 WHIP.
Texas Rangers @ Minnesota Twins Pick: As we said before, we just know that the Twins aren't going to be this bad of a road team forever. They're going to end up winning at least as many as they lose as the hosts of games, and that will probably get going on Saturday with a triumph as underdogs on the MLB lines against the Rangers. The Twins +130 are definitely the better pick of these two teams. Take advantage of the fact that they won't be underdogs at home all that many more times this season.