Twins at Angels MLB Odds & Betting Preview – May 10th

Posted by Jordan Walters on Thursday,May 10, 2018 9:28, EDT in

The Los Angeles Angels are second in the AL West despite a below-.500 record at home. The Halos open a series against the disappointing Minnesota Twins on Thursday night. No Shohei Ohtani on the mound for L.A., but he should be in the lineup as a DH. L.A. is the MyBookie favorite in the MLB odds.

How to Bet Twins at Angels MLB Odds & Game Info

When: Thursday, 10:07 PM ET
Where: Angel Stadium, Anaheim
Probable pitchers (away/home): Jose Berrios/Garrett Richards
TV: Fox Sports 1
Radio: 96.3 FM (Minnesota) / 830 AM (Los Angeles)
Opening MLB Odds: Angels -144, Twins +134 (8)

Latest MLB Betting Trends

  • Minnesota is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Minnesota is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 13 of Minnesota’s last 19 games
  • LA Angels is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
  • LA Angels is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of LA Angels’s last 7 games when playing at home against Minnesota

Why Bet on Minnesota’s MLB Odds?

While the Twins have disappointed with a 15-17 record after being a wild-card team last year, they do enter on a five-game winning streak. They opened this week by sweeping two games in St. Louis – and then got a rare Wednesday off.

Eduardo Escobar went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer on Tuesday. Escobar launched a bomb to the upper deck in left field at Busch Stadium in the top of the seventh inning. He also singled in the game. The 29-year-old has been on an offensive tear since the final month of the 2017 season and is now slashing .313/.367/.626 with seven homers and 20 RBI in 29 games this year.

Twins manager Paul Molitor said Tuesday that there is “momentum” toward activating Byron Buxton without a minor league rehab assignment. Buxton, who is coming back from a hairline fracture of his left big toe, ran the bases on Tuesday without incident. Assuming the Twins skip a rehab assignment, Buxton could be activated in Anaheim. It might not be for Thursday, though. Also on the DH is 2017 All-Star third baseman Miguel Sano with a hamstring injury. Sano has been working out but hasn’t tested out his strained left hamstring with any running yet. So you won’t see him this weekend.

Who Will Take the Mound on Thursday?

It’s young ace Jose Berrios on the mound. Berrios (3-3, 3.98) won Friday after allowing four runs on six hits (two homers) and two walks with two strikeouts in six innings against the White Sox. He gave up a two-run homer to Jose Abreu in the first and later surrendered an RBI groundout and another home run — a solo shot by Leury Garcia — to account for the runs allowed.

Berrios struggled in his previous two starts, giving up nine runs in seven innings. He didn’t record a single strikeout in his previous outing and had just two vs. Chicago. Berrios’ fastball touched 95 mph six times, topping out at 95.3 mph in the fifth inning. He showed his upside over his first four starts, tallying 29 strikeouts with one walk in 27 2/3 innings (14-to-7 K/BB ratio in past 13 IP).

Berríos is making his second career start against the Angels. His first came June 4, 2017 at Los Angeles, and he earned the win after allowing two runs on six hits and two walks with four strikeouts over 6.0 innings.

Why Bet on LA Angels’ MLB Odds?

Are the Angels a safe bet  on Thursday?

The Angels opened the week splitting two interleague games in Colorado. During the series, Mike Trout became just the fifth player with 600 walks and 200 home runs prior to age-27 season, joining Mickey Mantle, Eddie Mathews, Mel Ott and Jimmie Foxx.

The team could get some good news for this opener as Keynan Middleton could be activated off the disabled list. Middleton tossed a scoreless inning Tuesday in his first rehab appearance with Triple-A Salt Lake, issuing two walks but notching two strikeouts in what was a 19-pitch outing. The 24-year-old closer landed on the disabled list May 1, retroactive to April 28, with minor inflammation in his right elbow. He had a 2.40 ERA and 15 strikeouts through his first 15 innings this season for the Angels, to go along with six saves.

As for Ohtani, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Tuesday that Ohtani’s next start will likely be Sunday versus the Twins. Ohtani picked up his first win since April 8 this past weekend against the Mariners after scattering two runs on six hits and two walks over six innings. The two-way Japanese star has a 4.10 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 32/11 K/BB ratio over his first 26 1/3 innings (five starts). As a hitter, Ohtani is batting .333 with four homer and 14 RBIs.

Who Will Start Off for LA?

It’s Garrett Richards on the mound here. Richards (4-1, 3.93) got the win against the Mariners on Friday, giving up no runs on four hits over 6.2 innings, striking out eight and walking one as the Angels prevailed 5-0. It was a much-needed bounce-back effort from Richards, who was tagged for nine runs (five earned) in 1 2/3 innings in his last outing against the Yankees. All four hits he gave up were singles, and he was much more efficient with his pitches, needing only 86 to record 20 outs. Richards has struggled with his command this year, with 20 walks in 27 2/3 innings prior to Friday’s outing, but he had pinpoint control against the Mariners.

In five career games (four starts) vs. Minnesota, Richards is 2-1 with a 2.61 ERA (31 IP – 9 ER).

Expert MLB Betting Prediction

L.A. is 16-5 in Richards’ past 21 home starts vs. a team with a losing record, so go Halos here.