The Minnesota Twins and Texas Rangers meet for the second of a four-game series on Friday night at Arlington.
Minnesota jumped on the Rangers from the opener, as they recorded a 13-6 win in a persuasive event in Texas. The Twins are in a heated race with the Cleveland Indians for high honors at the AL Central. They have been moving back and forth recently, with the Twins going into the weekend having a half game lead to the Indians.
The Indians managed to keep up with the Twins due to a 19-5 beatdown of the Yankees. Minnesota got zero help from the Yankees if they wanted them to perform. The Indians are not going to get it easy over the next few days, however.
They shouldn’t expect the Yankees to lay down and play dead after getting embarrassed. I’ll say that this is a lot more exciting than that which happened in the AL Central a year past. Cleveland hurried away with the branch leaving no doubts about who was winning at this stage in 2018. Cleveland have company this season and it is going to be a coin flip in September.
The Indians have been the favorites going into the season and could be the perfect side now. After clawing back from a hole in the NL Central and then acquiring Yasiel Puig, the Indians are likelier the safer choice. However, I do not believe the Twins are going to be moving anywhere.
Their offense can strike quickly and are the more consistent component in that regard. We are going to see whether they can continue to keep the sexy stroke tonight against Mike Minor, who has been sizzling sexy lately. The Twins will counter Jake Odorizzi. Head below for our complimentary Twins vs. Rangers select.
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Mike Minor lent his displeasure before the trade deadline about not needing to be traded. He as pretty outspoken about it and didn’t take care of moving again after connecting the Rangers last season. The Rangers ended up hanging despite the potential for growing something in return . He’s rewarded his group with quality pitching throughout the entire year. Minor goes into Friday with a rock solid ERA of 2.90 and also 1.17 WHIP. He’s on pace for his very best season as a starting pitcher.
His career-high now is a 2.55 ERA using the Royals in 2017, but was 65 appearances out of the bullpen. Minor did not have a start that year even though his superior pitching as a result. The Rangers left him a starter in Arlington and are reaping the benefits in 2019. Minor was in an downslope before turning it back recently. He’d permitted at least 4 earned runs in four consecutive matches, having allowed 5 against the Mariners to finish July.
Minor hasn’t allowed a run because match, as he pitched 14 directly innings of scoreless baseball against the Indians and Brewers. A solid performance in three straight games will be tricky with the Twins on faucet. The Twins are 3rd in the significant leagues that 5.72 runs scored per match. They have been better in the road, with over 6 runs scored per game. Minnesota are 37-22 around the street, which is one of the best street records from the majors.
Odorizzi has been hot as well lately. Even sexier than Minor statistically, as he enters Friday with the ERA of 1.04 in his past few outings. He has allowed 10 runs in 84 at-bats against the Rangers, although Minor has surrendered 14 runs in 85 at-bats from the Twins. This is probably going to be a closer match than last night, but the winning team is shaping up to be the same. The Twins seem night.