Minnesota Twins vs Boston Red Sox Prediction, Pick and Preview, August 31 (8/31): MLB

Minnesota Twins vs Boston Red Sox Prediction, Pick and Preview, August 31 (8/31): MLB

Credit: photo by   Nick Wosika--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 8

 

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:  Joe Ryan (10-6, 3.65 ERA)

Ryan will be on the mound in the 3rd game of the series for Minnesota. Ryan gave up two hits and three walks over six shutout innings to earn the win in a 9-0 victory over the Giants on Friday. He has given up 1 run on 5 hits with 7 strikeouts in 6 innings against the Red Sox in his career. He has been credited with the win.

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:  Michael Wacha (9-1, 2.53 ERA)

Wacha will be on the mound in the 3rd game of the series for the Red Sox. Wacha yielded four runs on five hits and a walk over six innings Friday, striking out six and earning a win over the Rays. He has a 2-1 record with an ERA of 4.43 and 22 strikeouts in 4 appearances versus 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 Twins outscored the Red Sox in the second game of the series and have now won 5 straight games. To close this series they'll send Joe Ryan to the mound who has been solid lately and dominated the Red Sox earlier this season. The Red Sox will send Michael Wacha to the mound who struggled in his last start but dominated the Twins the last time. Expect a close game as both starters should dominate on the mound. Take the under.

PICK: Under 8 (-110)

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