Texas Rangers (72-54) at Minnesota Twins (65-62)
Game Info: Thursday, August 24th, 2023 at 7:10 p.m. EST (Target Field)
Betting Odds: Rangers ML (+110) - Over/Under (8.5)
Pick: Rangers ML (+110)
This game takes us to the opening game of this series between two first place teams in the American League. They will open up a series here on Thursday as the Texas Rangers head north to Minnesota to play the Twins in a four game weekend series that could be a potential preview of an American League Division Series. The starting pitching matchup for this game should prove to be a solid one as well, which should provide us with a competitive and close game throughout all nine innings here on Thursday night.
Texas had the day off on Wednesday and I don’t give them an opportunity to collect themselves after a rough stretch of play before heading north to Minnesota for the opening game of the series on Thursday. The Texas Rangers currently lead the American League West division at the moment and they will be looking to pick up a solid victory to put some more distance between themselves and the Seattle Mariners, as well as the defending World Series champions, the Houston Astros. Texas will likely happy to get back into American League play after a rough stretch during interleague play.
As the Rangers will be looking to regroup after a pair of rough performances against the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Milwaukee Brewers where they lost two consecutive series and five straight games against the National League clubs. Texas comes into the opening game of this series with a record of 72-54 through their first 126 games of the 2023 Major League Baseball season. They currently lead the American League West division by a half of a game as their lead has dropped thanks to their current six game losing streak. They have lost seven out of their last ten games on the season and they will be looking to bounce back here on Thursday night.
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The Minnesota Twins have been struggling as of late and they will need to get back on track in the opening game of this series on Thursday night at home against a fellow first place team in the American League. Minnesota currently leads the American League Central over the Cleveland Guardians by four and a half games coming into the opening game of the series on Thursday evening. Minnesota is coming off of a less than impressive showing against the Milwaukee Brewers and they will be looking to bounce back and avoid allowing the Cleveland Guardians to continue creeping up on them in the division.
That is something that they did last season and it ended up costing them a playoff spot. Minnesota comes into the opening game of this series with a record of 65-62 through their first 127 games of the 2023 Major League Baseball season. They currently lead the American League Central division by four and a half games and they have lost five out of their last ten including their last two on the year. Minnesota has shown a tendency to struggle against other top teams in the league which could prove to foreshadow the outcome of this series. Heading into the weekend. However, Minnesota will be hoping to overcome that issue playing at home this weekend as well.
Betting trends to consider in this matchup:
- Texas is 28-25 after a loss
- Texas is 9-7 after a day off
- Minnesota is 30-31 after a loss
I have to give the edge to the Texas Rangers in this one against Minnesota in the opening game of the series on Thursday night. As I look for the Texas Rangers starting pitcher, Andrew Heaney to out pitch Pablo Lopez and help lead Texas to a much-needed victory to snap their current six game losing streak. I have the Texas Rangers grabbing a comfortable victory in the opening game of the series over Minnesota on Thursday night.As always, get our VIP Pick Free Tonight by Clicking Here!