Arizona Diamondbacks (57-55) at Minnesota Twins (58-54)
Game Info: Sunday, August 6th, 2023 at 2:10 p.m. EST (Target Field)
Betting Odds: Diamondbacks ML (-150) - Over/Under (8.5)
Pick: Diamondbacks ML (-150)
Sunday afternoon takes us to the Midwest and to Target Field as the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Minnesota Twins wrap up a three-game interleague series. Minnesota has picked up a pair of victories in the first two games of this series and both of these teams are in the middle of a playoff hunt. Will be looking to grab a victory here on Sunday afternoon to get themselves some momentum heading into the second week of August.
The Arizona Diamondbacks had a fantastic start to the 2023 Major League Baseball season. However, once the All-Star break started approaching they started to struggle. Coming out of the All-Star break they have looked like an entirely different baseball team. If they don’t get things together, they will run the risk of missing out on the playoffs entirely and even at the moment they have plenty of work to do to get back into the national league playoff race after the last couple of weeks of lackluster play. At one point in the season, Corbin Carroll looked to be a lock to win the National League rookie of the year award, and even now that is no longer the case after the way he has played and the emergence of Cincinnati Reds rookie Elly De La Cruz.
Arizona comes into this game with only a couple more victories on the season than they do losses as they have been hovering around .500 with their recent stretch of rough play. They will be desperate to pick up a victory in the finale of this series on Sunday afternoon after losing the opening two games for the Minnesota Twins, and hardly being competitive at all in Saturday night's matchup against Minnesota, as they lost by double digit runs. Arizona comes into this game with a record of 57-55 through their first 112 games of the 2023 Major League Baseball regular season. After leading the National League West division for a good chunk of the season, they now find themselves in third place behind Los Angeles, and San Francisco. They are seven and a half games out of first place, as of right now, with no end in sight, unless they get things together quickly.
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It was another solid performance for Minnesota on Saturday night, and they even gained a game in the American League Central division after the Cleveland Guardians lost to the Chicago White Sox. Now Minnesota will be looking to complete the three game sweep here on Sunday afternoon against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Up until entering the series with Arizona Minnesota, had found themselves in a little bit of a rough patch on the season, but they recovered nicely to pick up the first two victories of the series against the Diamondbacks. Now they will be looking to finish off the three game series sweep and keep their distance between them in Cleveland in the division here on Sunday afternoon at home.
The Twins come into the finale of this three game interleague weekend series with a record of 58-54 through their first 112 games of a 2023 Major League Baseball regular season. Since the Minnesota twins play in the American League Central division that puts them in first place, which they would be nowhere close to, in any of the other five divisions in all of baseball. Minnesota has finally started to regain some of the momentum that they lost after a strong start out of the All-Star break and their stumbles throughout the last week. The pitching matchup in this game should be a solid one, as Dallas Keuchel makes a season debut against the potential National League Cy Young award winner Zac Gallen.
Betting trends to consider in this matchup:
- Arizona is 13-9 this season when Gallen pitches
- Arizona is 12-9 as a road favorite this season
- Minnesota is 2-4 as a home underdog
With Zac Gallen taking them on for this game, I have to take the Arizona Diamondbacks and this one as I believe him pitching for Arizona gives them a distinct advantage in the pitching matchup. I expect them to take advantage of that in this one and for Gallen to have a quality start that leads them to a much-needed victory in the finale of the series.
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