The only team in the American League who appear to have a playoff spot locked up is the Kansas City Royals. They have a 12 game lead in the Central that really doesn’t look as though it can be touched. That means that there is still everything to play for as we head into the final 50 or so games of the MLB betting season. Two teams in the thick of the action, the Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins, are in the midst of a crucial 3-game series that will come to a close in Minnesota on Thursday.
A Brief Look at Texas Rangers at Minnesota Twins Thursday MLB Lines Pick & Game Info
Date/Time: Thursday, August 13th, 1:10 PM
Venue: Target Field, Minneapolis, MN
Radio: 105.3 The Fan
Opening Line: TBA
The Texas Rangers (55-56) hauled themselves right back into the divisional conversation last week when they swept the Houston Astros. The bad news is that they have failed to capitalize on that important series win, as they followed it up by dropping 2 of 3 to the Seattle Mariners, and then losing the first game in this series. The Rangers are just 4.5 games back, though, and are still very much in the race, especially when you consider that Houston and the LA Angels are nor playing very good ball right now. Texas added a little more pop to their line-up with the acquisition of Mike Napoli from the Red Sox. This is a much needed addition, as the bats are a little hit and miss right now. At the time of writing, the Rangers have yet to announce who will be on the mound for this Thursday match-up.
The Minnesota Twins (56-56) were one of the surprise teams in the first half of the season, but they have come crashing back to earth with a resounding thump. Their pitching staff, which performed so well through the first 80 games, is now leaking runs, and that has the Twins sinking like a stone in the playoff race. There is no way back for them in the Central Division, but there is still Wild Card hope, as they are just 3 games back in that race. They are going to have to start picking things up right now, though, as the 3-7 record they posted in their last 10 games is simply not good enough to get the job done. Ervin Santana (2-3, 5.40 ERA) will get the start, and will be trying to break out of a 3-game losing skid.
Key Betting Trends
- Texas is 1-3-1 SU in its last 5 games
- Texas is 1-4-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
- Texas is 2-3-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Minnesota
- Minnesota is 2-7-1 SU in its last 10 games
- Minnesota is 3-6-1 SU in its last 10 games at home
- Minnesota is 3-6-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing Texas
- Minnesota is 4-8-1 SU in its last 13 games when playing at home against Texas
It’s beginning to look like desperation time for both of these teams, but it looks to me as though the Rangers are better equipped to handle that pressure. I like them to get the win in this one.