Minnesota Twins vs Boston Red Sox Prediction, Pick and Preview, August 30 (8/30): MLB

Minnesota Twins vs Boston Red Sox Prediction, Pick and Preview, August 30 (8/30): MLB

Credit: photo by   Brad Rempel--USA TODAY Sports

 

Odds

Time 7:40 p.m. EST
Twins money line -135
Twins run line -1.5 (+155)
Red Sox money line +113
Red Sox run line +1.5 (-180)
Over / under 9

 

Key stats

  Minnesota Twins  Boston Red Sox
Record 66-61 62-67
Home / road record 39-28 31-35
Last 10 record 4-6 3-7
Streak W4 L2
Over / under record 58-59-10 58-61-10
Runs / game 4.38 4.50
Runs allowed / game 4.17 4.82

 

Preview

The Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins will play the 2nd game of the series at the Target Field on Tuesday. The Twins took the win 4-2 in the first game of the series and are 3-2 vs Red Sox this season. Gio Urshela's three-run double in the fifth inning pushed Minnesota ahead and four relievers made the lead.

 

Minnesota Twins

The Twins get here with a 66-61 record and have won their last 4 games. They're averaging 4.38 runs and batting for .249 AVG, 556 runs scored in 1058 hits and 149 home runs, ranking #15 in offense in the league behind the San Francisco Giants. Luis Arraez is batting for .318 AVG. Byron Buxton leads with 51 RBI and 28 home runs.

Defensively they are allowing 4.17 runs per game and ranking #13 in the league. Joe Ryan leads the team with a 3.65 ERA, 113 strikeouts and 10 wins recorded with the Twins.

Probable Pitcher:   Chris Archer (2-7, 4.34 ERA)

Archer will be on the mound in the 2nd game of the series for Minnesota. Archer took the loss against Houston on Thursday, allowing five runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out two batters over four innings. He has a record of 2-12 with an ERA of 5.27 and 129 strikeouts in 21 appearances versus the Red Sox in his career.

Boston Red Sox

The Red Sox get here with a 62-67 record and have lost 6 of their last 8 games. The team is averaging 4.50 runs per game. They're batting for .257 AVG, 576 runs scored in 1137 hits and 122 home runs, ranking #11 in offense in the league, behind the Milwaukee Brewers. Rafael Devers is leading the team with 25 home runs and 65 RBI, batting for .306 AVG.

Defensively they are allowing 4.82 runs per game and rank #25 in the league. Nick Pivetta leads the team with 9 wins recorded with a 4.40 ERA and 143 strikeouts.

Probable Pitcher:  Kutter Crawford (3-5, 5.30 ERA)

Crawford will be on the mound in the 2nd game of the series for the Red Sox. Crawford did not factor into the decision Thursday, allowing four runs on 10 hits and two walks over 4.2 innings against the Blue Jays. He struck out five. He has given up 4 runs on 2 hits with 5 walks and 2 strikeouts in 1.2 innings against the Twins in his career.

 

BETTING TRENDS

Boston are 13-8 SU in their last 21 games against Minnesota.

Boston are 7-14 SU in their last 21 games on the road.

Boston are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games when playing on the road against Minnesota.

The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota's last 8 games against Boston.

The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Minnesota's last 9 games at home.

 

Prediction

The Red Sox have struggled lately as they have lost 6 of their last 8 games but they might have better chances against Chris Archer who will start for the Twins and has struggled this season with a 2-7 record and the Twins have lost in his last 8 starts. The Red Sox will send Kutter Crawford for this game who has also struggled allowing 13 runs in his last 8.1 innings pitched and was pounded by the Twins earlier this season. Expect both offenses to score many runs against these struggling pitchers. Take the over.

PICK: Over 9 (-110)

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