Getting the start for the Angels (69-85, 34-45 away) will be Kenny Rosenberg against Sonny Gray for the Twins (82-72, 44-32 home). Today marks game two of their series, with the Twins currently holding the 1-0 lead. Read on to see my best bet for this Los Angeles Angels vs. Minnesota Twins matchup.
LOS ANGELES ANGELS VS MINNESOTA TWINS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Los Angeles Angels +1.5 Runs
This game will be played at Target Field at 2:10 ET on Saturday, September 23rd.
WHY BET THE LOS ANGELES ANGELS:
- In their last three games, the Angels have gone 2-1 vs. the runline.
- Over their last three games on the road, Los Angeles is 2-1 against the runline.
- The Twins’ are just 14-16 in Sonny Gray’s 30 starts.
LOS ANGELES ANGELS LOOKING FOR UPSET AS ROAD UNDERDOGS
The Angels take on the Twins with the hopes of snapping their two game losing streak. This recent skid has their record sitting at 69-85, putting them 4th in the AL West. When looking at their overall series numbers, they have gone 19-28-3. At home, they are 35-40 and 34-45.
Kenny Rosenberg will take the mound for his sixth outing of the 2023 season today. His overall record stands at 1-2, with an ERA of 5.48 and an OBP allowed of .372. The right-hander has struck out 18 batters so far, and his WHIP is 1.78. On the road, Rosenberg’s ERA is 7.20 as opposed to 4.95 when he pitches at home.
Kenny Rosenberg was handed the loss in his last start against the Tigers, as he gave up five runs on seven hits in the 5-3 defeat.
So far this season, the Angels’ has gone deep 223 times, placing them 3rd in the league. Over Los Angeles’ previous five games, they are 13th in runs scored, with their season average of 4.6 runs per game putting them 15th in the league. The Angels’ overall team batting average stands at .245 along with an OBP of .318.
The Angels have been dealt a blow with Shohei Ohtani listed as out for today’s contest. Despite the setback, the two-way star has put up impressive numbers this season, batting .304 with 44 long balls and 95 runs batted in.
WILL THE MINNESOTA TWINS TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
Heading into today’s game, the Twins are 1st in the AL Central with an overall record of 82-72. When looking at their performance in their 49 series, Minnesota is 25-19-5. Against below .500 teams, the Twins are 46-46 while going 38-40 on the road and 44-32 at home.
Minnesota Twins starter Sonny Gray has had a successful season so far, boasting an 8-7 record and an ERA of 2.85. His ERA is slightly lower on the road (2.97) than at home (2.86), and his WHIP stands at 1.17 with a batting average allowed of .224. Opposing teams have only managed to put together a slugging percentage of .314 against Gray this year.
Sonny Gray earned a quality start and a victory in his last game against the White Sox, as the Twins emerged victorious with a 4-0 scoreline. Gray was impressive on the mound, surrendering no runs and just five hits across seven innings.
This season, the Twins are 10th in the league at 4.7 runs per game. Over their last five games, they have a combined batting average of .232 (19th) leading to 5.4 runs per contest. Overall, they are generating 3.6 walks per game compared to 10 strikeouts. Minnesota’s on-base percentage of .323 has them 11th in the MLB.
Max Kepler is leading the Twins in home runs this season, with 22 round-trippers and 60 RBIs. His slugging percentage for the year is a solid .469.