The Minnesota Twins and Texas Rangers meet for the second of a four-game Show on Friday night at Arlington.
Minnesota jumped on the Rangers in the opener, as they recorded a 13-6 triumph in a persuasive affair in Texas. The Twins are in a heated race with the Cleveland Indians for top honors at the AL Central. They’ve been going back and forth lately, with the Twins going into the weekend with a half game lead to the Indians.
The Indians managed to keep pace with the Twins thanks to your 19-5 beatdown of the Yankees. Minnesota got zero help in the Yankees if they had them to perform. The Indians are not going to have it easy over the next few days, though.
They should not expect the Yankees to lay down and play dead after becoming embarrassed. I will say that this is far more exciting than what happened in the AL Central a season ago. Cleveland hurried away with the division leaving no doubts concerning who had been winning at this stage in 2018. Cleveland have business this year and it is truly going to be a coin flip in September.
The Indians have been the favorites entering the season and could be the right side now. After clawing back out of a hole at the NL Central and then obtaining Yasiel Puig, the Indians are likelier the safer pick. However, I do not believe the Twins are going to be going everywhere.
Their crime can strike quickly and are the consistent component in that respect. We are going to see if they can continue to keep the sexy stroke tonight against Mike Minor, that has been sizzling hot lately. The Twins will counter with Jake Odorizzi. Head below for our complimentary Twins vs. Rangers select.
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Mike Minor voiced his displeasure until the transaction deadline about not needing to be exchanged. He as pretty vocal about it and did not take care of moving again after joining the Rangers last year. The Rangers ended up hanging Minor despite the potential for getting something worthwhile. He has rewarded his team with quality nurturing during the entire year. Minor goes into Friday with a rock solid ERA of 2.90 and 1.17 WHIP. He is on pace for his best year as a starting pitcher.
His career-high now is a 2.55 ERA with the Royals in 2017, but was 65 appearances out of the bullpen. Minor did not get a start that season despite his elite pitching as a reliever. The Rangers left him a rookie back in Arlington and are reaping the benefits in 2019. Minor was in a downslope before turning back it recently. He had allowed at least four earned runs in four consecutive matches, having permitted 5 against the Mariners to end July.
Minor has not allowed a run since that game, as he pitched 14 straight innings of scoreless baseball from the Indians and Brewers. A strong performance in 3 straight games will be tricky with all the Twins on faucet. The Twins are 3rd in the major leagues that 5.72 runs scored per game. They have been better in the road, with over 6 runs scored per game. Minnesota are.
Odorizzi has been hot as well lately. Even hotter than Minor mathematically, since he enters Friday having the ERA of 1.04 in his last few outings. He’s allowed 10 runs in 84 at-bats from the Rangers, although Minor has surrendered 14 runs in 85 at-bats from the Twins. This is probably going to be a closer game than last night, however, the winning team will be shaping up to be exactly the same. The Twins look night at Arlington.