The Minnesota Twins and the Texas Rangers will meet on Thursday from Texas. All MLB odds can be found at Bovada sportsbook.
The Rangers are looking to wrap the NL West up early so they can cruise into the playoffs. They are a commanding 38-23 this season and have a 5 game lead in the AL West. As a team they are pitching to a 3.97 ERA. Tonight they will send Roy Oswalt to the mound who is having his innings monitored since just coming back for the second half of the season. He is pitching to a 6.05 ERA in 44 innings of work.
The Twins have been struggling most of the season and their subpar play has continued as of late as well. They are just 2-8 in the last 10 games and 17 games back in the division. They are 27-35 on the road this season and will look to improve that mark behind starter Scott Diamond tonight. He is pitching to a 2.95 ERA in 128 innings of work.
Texas is 6-2 in their last eight home games, 5-2 in Oswalt’s last seven starts, and 5-2 in their last seven games against the AL Central. Minnesota is 1-7 in their last eight road games, 1-8 in their last nine games overall, and 5-1 in Diamond’s last six starts in game one of a series. Minnesota is 1-6 in the last seven meetings of these two.
We expect both of these teams to capitalize from an offensive standpoint in this game. We will take the over for total runs scored in this game at the sportsbook.