We are at the stage of the season where it really is acceptable to start talking about potential playoff spots, which includes the Wild Card. With each team having played at least half of their games this season, they will all be well aware of the type of chance they have to actually make a run and get into the postseason. While some are sure to be happy with where they are, there are others who probably know that a move or two at the trade deadline might be just what they need to get into a second-half run.
In the Minnesota Twins, we have a team that is sure to be more than happy with their performance in the first half, so any moves they make may be of the smaller variety. The Texas Rangers have started to put things together quite nicely, and a few extra components might just put them over the top. It will be these two teams who hook up in a weekend series in Minnesota starting on Friday night. It is the Twins who are favored by 1 ½ on Friday night, with the run total set at 10.
How to Bet Rangers vs Twins MLB Spread & Prediction
- When: Friday, July 5 at 8:10 PM EST
- Where: Target Field, Minnesota
- Starting Pitchers: Sampson vs. Perez
- TV: MLB Extra Innings
- Radio: SiriusXM
- Live Stream: MLB.tv
- MLB Odds: Minnesota Twins -185 (Total 10)
Why bet on the Texas Rangers?
The Texas Rangers are the perfect poster child for just how tight the Wild Card race is in the American League. They went on an amazing run recently that got them to within 5 ½ games of the Houston Astros at the top of the AL West, as well as into one of the two Wild Card spots. They have quickly gone off the boil, though, losing 4 in a row at the same time as the Astros got hot again.
They are now 8 games out of the lead and a game and a half back in the Wild Card race. It goes without saying that they need to get out of this mini-slump and quickly. They are coming off a win heading into this series, but they are also just 18-23 on the road. As a road dog, they are a healthy 22-14 ATS. It will be Adrian Sampson (6-5, 4.16 ERA) who gets the start here.
- Runs: 5.41
- Hits: 8.67
- Walks: 3.54
- Strike Outs: 9.95
- Runs: 5.03
- Hits: 9.21
- Walks: 3.51
- Strike Outs: 8.45
Why bet on the Minnesota Twins?
While the Minnesota Twins have had a fantastic first half of the season, they are now starting to look like a team in need of the break, as they have now lost back to back series. They are now just 4-6 in their last 10 games and have seen their lead at the top of the AL Central shrink to 6 games, with the Cleveland Indians in second starting to surge.
While this is a poor run of for the Twins right now, this is a team that is still a very impressive 54-32 on the season, which includes being 26-14 SU at home. As a home favorite, the Twins are 14-18 ATS. They will send Martin Perez (7-3, 4.15 ERA) to the mound for this one.
- Runs: 5.65
- Hits: 9.58
- Walks: 3.05
- Strike Outs: 8.02
- Runs: 4.41
- Hits: 8.49
- Walks: 2.87
- Strike Outs: 8.67
Rangers vs Twins MLB Betting Trends
- Rangers are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games against an opponent in the American League
- The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Texas’ last 13 games this season
- Twins are 13-6 SU in their last 19 games at home
- The total has gone OVER in 6 of Minnesota’s last 8 games against an opponent in the American League West division
- Twins are 23-9 against the money line after a loss this season
- Rangers are 47-40 against the money line in all games this season
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Both of these teams will be looking to end the first half of the season on a positive note, so this should be a fun series to watch and wager on. I am on the Twins to win a close one.
Score: Texas Rangers 4 – Minnesota Twins 5