Dallas Keuchel gets the start for the Twins (70-65, 30-36 away) against Jordan Montgomery and the Rangers (75-59, 42-25 home). Today will be game two of their series, with the Twins leading 1-0. Check out who I like to see who comes out on top in today’s Minnesota Twins vs. Texas Rangers matchup.
MINNESOTA TWINS VS TEXAS RANGERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Minnesota Twins +1.5 Runs
This game will be played at Globe Life Field at 7:15 ET on Saturday, September 2nd.
WHY BET THE MINNESOTA TWINS:
- Over their last three games on the road, Minnesota is 2-1 against the runline.
- The Rangers have dropped five straight games vs. the runline at home.
- The Twins have gone 0-2 in Jordan Montgomery’s last two starts.
MINNESOTA TWINS LOOKING TO EXTEND AL CENTRAL LEAD
So far this season, the Twins have a series record of 20-18-5 and overall record of 70-65. This mark has Minnesota placed 1st in the AL Central. On the road, they have a below .500 record of 30-36.
Dallas Keuchel has started off the 2023 season with a 1-1 record and an ERA of 3.50. On the road, he has an ERA of 32.40 and a 0-1 record, while at home he is 1-0 with an ERA of .60. His WHIP stands at 1.44, along with a batting average allowed of .286 and teams facing him have put together a slugging percentage of .343.
Dallas Keuchel’s last outing saw him surrender five hits over five frames, yet he still managed to keep the Rangers off the board. The Twins ultimately emerged victorious in a 7-6 decision, though Keuchel was not credited with a win or loss.
Offensively, Minnesota is ranked 16th in the league with an average of 4.5 runs per game. When looking over their last five matchups, the Twins averaged 5.2 runs per contest, which is 6th best in that span. In terms of their power numbers, Minnesota is 5th in all of baseball, with a total of 190 home runs.
Jorge Polanco has been a driving force for the Twins’ offense, having hit 11 home runs over the course of their last five games. His batting average stands at .259, with two of those home runs coming in that span.
WILL THE TEXAS RANGERS TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
This season, the Rangers have played a total of 43 series and are above .500 at 25-16-2. On the road, Texas is 33-34 and 42-25 at home. Their overall record of 75-59 has the Rangers sitting 3rd in the AL West.
Jordan Montgomery is making his 27th start of the 2023 season with an 8-10 record. He has held opponents to a .243 batting average and a .387 slugging percentage. On the road, he has gone 2-6 with a 3.48 ERA, while at home he has posted a 6-4 mark and a 3.71 ERA.
Jordan Montgomery’s latest start against the Twins saw him give up three runs and four hits in 5 1/3 innings. Despite his efforts, the Rangers were unable to come away with a win, falling 7-6.
Having gone deep 13 times in their last ten games, the Rangers are 8th in that span. At 5.5 runs per game, Texas is 3rd in the league. This figure has come on a team batting average of .267 while hitting a total of 185 home runs (6th).
The Rangers’ offense has been bolstered by Marcus Semien this season. He currently holds a .273 batting average, 81 RBIs, and 20 home runs.