The Minnesota Twins go for a third straight win when they host the Texas Rangers for the second of a four-game series on Tuesday night. The first pitch of the contest is set for 7:40 p.m. ET at Target Field in Minneapolis.
The Rangers (13-17) had their two-game winning streak snapped with Monday’s loss, as they had taken three out of four against the Boston Red Sox over the weekend. Texas is in last place in the American League West, 1½ games behind the fourth-place Los Angeles Angels.
Minnesota improved to 11-16 with Monday’s win, its second straight and fourth in five games. The Twins are in fourth place in the AL Central, three games behind the third-place Cleveland Indians.
The MLB odds for this contest have the Twins with a moneyline of -165, while the Rangers are at +145. The over/under is set at 8½ runs.
Kyle Gibson (3-0, 2.16 ERA) will make the start for the Texas Rangers and he’s already surpassed his win total from his first season with the team. The right-hander went 2-6 in 12 starts in 2020, his first year with a team other than Minnesota, with which he spent his first seven campaigns.
Gibson is coming off a win in his last outing, going six innings against the Red Sox, allowing just one run and three hits while striking out four and walking three. He’s given up just eight earned runs in his first six starts, with five of those coming in the season opener against Kansas City.
Second baseman Nick Solak is batting .288 and has a team-high seven home runs, though he’s gone 3-for-20 with seven strikeouts over the last five games. First baseman Nate Lowe is hitting .277 with four doubles, six home runs and a team-high 24 RBIs, which ranks second in baseball.
Center fielder Joey Gallo is second in the majors in walks, drawing 25 in 29 games. Gallo is batting .234 with two doubles, three home runs, 11 RBIs and 16 runs scored.
Back at It
After leading the majors in home runs in 2019, the Twins fell to sixth in the league in the category in 2020. While they’re tied for 10th heading into Tuesday’s action, Minnesota has two of the top individuals in baseball in Nelson Cruz and Byron Buxton, who are among those tied for sixth in the majors with eight home runs.
Cruz is batting .318 with two doubles, a triple and team-high totals of 21 RBIs and 20 runs scored. Buxton is hitting .392 with nine doubles (tied for seventh in baseball), 15 RBIs and 17 runs scored.
Shortstop Jorge Polanco powered the Twins in Monday’s win, hitting an RBI triple and RBI double in the 6-5 victory. Over his last four games, Polanco is 6-for-16 with two doubles, a triple, a home run and four RBIs.
Left-hander J.A. Happ will be on the mound for the Twins in Tuesday’s game, looking to improve upon his 2-0 record and 1.96 ERA. Happ has won his last two starts, going at least seven innings in each.
Happ went seven innings at Cleveland in his last start, allowing two runs on four hits, including a home run, striking out six and walking three.
Twins Win Again
The Rangers have been playing well of late, but they’re taking on a better offensive team in the Twins. Minnesota’s bats are getting hot as the Twins try to climb up in the standings.
Both pitchers in this game have been very good. Whichever team can break through for some runs early will have the edge, and we like the Twins to be that team.
When doing your MLB betting, go with Minnesota to get the win in this one.
PICK: Minnesota Twins -165