The Minnesota Twins visit Anaheim to play the Los Angeles Angels in a doubleheader to make up two postponed mid-April games. Both teams are struggling and dealing with significant injuries. Do not expect the opener to be a pitching duel, this seven-inning game will feature unreliable starting pitchers and both clubs can hit for power. Check out the MLB Sportsbook, where the totals are up for this interesting AL matchup, let’s take a look at game one.
|Game: Minnesota Twins (14-27) at Los Angeles Angels (18-24)
Location: Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Time: 4:07 p.m. ET
|Minnesota Twins||Over 7||+105|
|Los Angeles Angels||Under 7||-125|
Minnesota’s pitching staff is ranked 27th with a 4.91 ERA. Relief pitching has a 5.13 ERA. In an attempt to establish some new talent, the Twins have brought up young right-hander Lewis Thorpe from the minors to start this game. This is not his MLB debut, Thorpe has worked over 50 MLB innings in three seasons. The Twins just believe in him, especially in his ground ball rate, which is almost 60%.
The Angels have a top 10 team OPS at .725 and their batting is above the league average at .248 but that has been in large part due to Mike Trout. Without the three-time MVP in the lineup, the Angels’ offense is good but not nearly as dangerous. Look at Jared Walsh, who is batting .331 and slugging .572 for some offensive production. As well as Anthony Rendon, who is back in the lineup after being on the IL. The Halos’ game plan is assuredly to try to knock out the Twins’ young starter and deal with their bullpen.
Los Angeles has the worst team ERA at 5.28. Always a good thing to remember when looking at any bets with the Halos. The Angels are coming off of a tough series with the Indians, losing two of three. In an attempt to turn things around, Alex Cobb will come off the IL and take the ball in game one. Dealing with blister issues, Cobb has missed his last two starts. His season numbers are not good, with a 1-2 record and a 5.48 ERA. It would not be shocking if the Twins shelled him. Cobb has faced Minnesota six times and the Twins are batting .308 against him and he has a 7.07 ERA against right-handed Twins hitters.
The Minnesota bats may be cooler this year than in past ones but they have had success against Cobb. Veteran DH Nelson Cruz has three home runs off him in eight at-bats. Mitch Garver and Max Kepler also have home runs off Cobb. The Twins should still be able to get something going against Cobb and an awful Angels pitching staff. Even if they are still without MLB WAR-leader Byron Buxton and outfielder Jake Cave, look out for Josh Donaldson, who has continued to produce at age 35 with an .852 OPS, five home runs, and 16 RBIs.
Temperatures should be in the mid-70s and there should be practically no wind.
The Angels are 9-1 in their last 10 opening games of a doubleheader but they just lost Trout for 6-8 weeks and have lost three series’ in a row. With Cobb on the mound and the Twins looking to get from under the bottom, look for the Twins to slug in this one, we are taking the over.