LA Angels at Minnesota Twins Opening MLB Lines

Posted by Daniel Strum on September 16, 2015 in

There is never a bad time to watch baseball for MLB betting fans, but there is something about the weekend that somehow makes the games seem more special. There is certainly a special match-up to tune into this weekend, with huge AL Wild Card ramifications part of the deal. That would be the series that sees the LA Angels head to Minnesota to face the Twins, with the opening game set for Thursday night.

Betting on the LA Angels at Minnesota Twins Opening MLB Lines & TV Info

Date/Time: Thursday, September 17, 2015 8:10 PM ET
Venue: Target Field, Minnesota
Radio: Go 96.3, TIBN
Opening Lines: Minnesota -108, Los Angeles -102

Minnesota (75-69) are currently a game and a half back of the final spot in the Wild Card, which seems to be where they have spent the majority of the past month. They are 2 games ahead of the Angels in that race, and know that a series win could make it very tough for LA to overhaul them in the remaining couple of weeks. Minnesota has won their last two series, and can extend that to 3 if they can beat the Tigers on Wednesday night. It has been a commendable effort from the Twins of late, as they have seen their efforts go unrewarded, as the Rangers continue to win and stay ahead of them.

Salvation may be coming in the form of the Houston Astros, though, as that is the team that the Twins now have to catch. This is a positive, because things are not going well in Houston at the moment. Tommy Milone (8-5, 3.73 ERA) will be looking to bounce back after a rough start last time out.

The Angels (73-71) are slowly but surely slipping into must win territory, as they now find themselves 3.5 games back of that final Wild Card spot. This series represents the ideal opportunity for them to get right back into the mix, but they haven’t really been showing signs that they have the ability to do so. The offense is somewhere near the middle of the pack, and they are not getting what they need in terms of production from Mike Trout.

He certainly did not look right during the month of August, amid rumors that a wrist injury is hampering his performance. They need their offensive stud to get back on track if they have any hope of playing into October. Hector Santiago (8-9, 3.21 ERA) has had a couple of quality starts prior to this one.

Key Baseball Betting Trends

  • LA Angels is 6-18 SU in its last 24 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of LA Angels’s last 7 games on the road
  • Minnesota is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games at home

Consider This Before Placing Your Bet

This is a crucial series, and the opening game may well set the tone for what is to come over the rest of the weekend. I expect this to be a tight one, and think the Angels might just sneak the opener.