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MLB Betting Pick & Prediction: Los Angeles Angels vs. Minnesota Twins
September 23, 2023
The Los Angeles Angels will miss the playoffs for the 9
season in a row and there is already talk that Mike Trout may want to be traded in the offseason and with Shohei Ohtani possibly leaving in free agency the Angels may not be a good team for some time. Minnesota will be a playoff team as they have clinched AL Central this year and will make the playoffs for the first time since the 2020 MLB season. Minnesota won game one by a score of 8-6 on Friday. Will the Twins extend their winning streak to four games or will the Angels get the win on the road? Let’s take a look at how these teams have fared this season.
The Los Angeles Angels have already been eliminated from playoff contention as they are 16 games behind the Houston Astros for the final Wild Card spot in the American League. Los Angeles has compiled a record of 5-15 in September and is on a two-game losing streak which includes a 6-8 loss on the road against the Minnesota Twins in game one of the series. Three of the runs for the Angels came in the 5
inning which included a two-run home run hit by Jared Walsh that also scored Jo Adell.
Minnesota is the 2023 AL Central division champion which means they will be in the playoffs for the first time since the 2020 season. The Twins have compiled a record of 13-7 in September and are on a three-game winning streak which includes Friday’s 8-6 win against the Los Angeles Angels. Four of the runs for the Minnesota Twins came in the 7
inning which included Max Kepler scoring off a double hit by Kyle Farmer.
BookMaker has the Minnesota Twins listed as -205 money line favorites at home against the Los Angeles Angels for game two of the series on Saturday afternoon. Los Angeles has won six of the last ten games while winning by an average margin of .2 runs per game in those contests while the Twins have won two of the last three matchups by an average margin of 1.33 runs per game.
Minnesota will have the advantage at pitcher for game two of the series as the Twins will send Sonny Gray to the mound while the Angels will send Kenny Rosenberg to the mound on Saturday afternoon. Gray is 8-7 this season with a 2.84 ERA while recording 171 strikeouts while the Angels are 1-2 on the year with an ERA of 5.48 and has recorded 18 strikeouts.
Sonny Gray is 1-1 with a no-decision in his last three starts this season while allowing a total of four runs and recording 15 strikeouts in those matchups with his last start coming on the road against the Chicago White Sox in which Gray didn’t allow a run while recording six strikeouts in a win.
In his last three starts this season, Kenny Rosenberg is 1-2 while allowing a total of nine runs and recording 11 strikeouts in those starts with his last start coming at home against the Detroit Tigers in which Rosenberg allowed five runs and struck out three batters in a loss.
Minnesota enters this game with a better record and has been the better team most recently in the series, winning two of the last three games. Sonny Gray has allowed an average of 1.33 runs while recording an average of 5 strikeouts per game in his last three starts while Kenny Rosenberg has allowed an average of 3 runs and 3.67 strikeouts per game in his last three starts. I look for the Twins to take advantage with Kenny Rosenberg on the mound and get an easy win which is why I am taking the run line for the Minnesota Twins at -1.5 for game two of the series on Saturday afternoon on BookMaker.
Spooky Express Pick: Minnesota Twins Run Line -1.5 (+115)
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