No longer leading the American League Central Division, the Minnesota Twins will try their luck against the other Los Angeles team. The Twins were battered in a pair of games against the Los Angeles Dodgers, losing by a combined score of 18-8, and now trail the Cleveland Guardians by 1½ games in a division they have led for most of the season.
Rocco Baldelli’s team, which plays its next 10 games against three teams with a combined .432 winning percentage, led the division by as many as 4½ games since last trailing on June 22, but losses in nine of their last 14 games have eroded that cushion. The Los Angeles Angels head into the series having played solid ball of late, including a three-game win sweep of the Oakland A’s.
Rengifo Turning Heads with Angels
After opening the season in the minor leagues, Luis Rengifo is making a case to remain with the Angels for the rest of this season and beyond. The infielder, who has played the majority of his games at second base, has been the Los Angeles Angels’ best hitter since the end of June, recording at least one hit in 34 of 40 games. The switch hitter has hit .321 with four home runs and 17 RBIs over the span, raising his batting average to .269 in the process.
“He’s been a shot in the arm for us,” interim manager Phil Nevin told the media of the four-year veteran. “His energy and his work ethic, guys feed off that. He’s put in the work and you love having him out there.” The Venezuelan will be happy to return to Angel Stadium, where he is batting .309 this season.
Mahle Looks to come up big for Twins
The Minnesota Twins brought Tyler Mahle over from the Cincinnati Reds to pitch in big games, and this one qualifies, given their standing in the division and their recent form. Mahle was shaky in his first start for the Twins since the trade, allowing five hits, four earned runs and three home runs in six innings against the Toronto Blue Jays. He was solid for the Reds over the last two months with a 3-2 record and 3.23 ERA. The right hander, who was swapped for three prospects, has been a better pitcher on the road (3.74 ERA) compared to at home (5.04 ERA) and is 19-1 in his career with six or more runs of support. He is 12-37 when he gets five or fewer runs.
Twins vs Angels Head-to-Head
This is the first meeting this season. The Angels went 5-2 last season against the Twins, the team they beat in the American League Championship Series in 2002 en route to capturing their only World Series title.
Four of the games last year were under the run total and the underdog claimed five games.
Twins vs Angels Game Information
- Game: Twins (57-53) vs Angels (49-63)
- Location: Angel Stadium, Anaheim, CA
- Day/Time: Friday, 9:38 p.m. ET
- Live stream: MLB.tv
Twins vs Angels Betting Lines
|Team||Run Line||Moneyline||Total||Team Total|
T. Mahle -R
|-1½ +125||-128||8 Evo||4½+105o
|Los Angeles Angels
P. Sandoval -L
|+1½ -145||8 -120u||3½-115o
Twins vs Angels Prediction
The Angels are pinning their hopes on left hander Patrick Sandoval, who has lost his last six decisions, but whose best career game came last year against the Twins, when he twirled 8.2 innings of one-hit, one-run ball. The Angels have gone 8-10 in games he has started this year.
The Twins haven’t been as good against lefties (.708 OPS) as they have against right handers (.748 OPS) this season, but in dire need of a win, they should be able to cover 1.5 runs.