Minnesota Twins at Los Angeles Angels - 4/17/21 MLB Picks and Prediction
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Los Angeles Angels (8-5) vs Minnesota Twins (6-8)
Game Info: Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 9:07 pm (Angel Stadium of Anaheim)
Jose Quintana (0-1) (16.20) vs Matt Shoemaker (1-0) (4.09)
Betting Odds: Los Angeles Angels -115 / Minnesota Twins +105 --- Over/Under: 9 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Twins will be visiting the Los Angeles Angels in an AL matchup on Saturday. It will be the second game of a three-game set in Anaheim.
The Angels took the first game 10-3 on Friday. Andrew Heaney got the win, tossing 5.1 innings and allowing 2 runs with 6 strikeouts. From the dish they had 12 hits and were 4-5 with runners in scoring position. Justin Upton hit a grand slam in the 7th to put the game away. To start the season, the Angels have a .265 team batting average and .756 OPS. Mike Trout leads the team with a .381 batting average and 4 home runs.
Starting for the Angels will be veteran lefty Jose Quintana. To start the year he is 0-1 with a 16.20 ERA, 3.40 WHIP and 9 strikeouts. In his career against this Twins lineup, he has allowed a .320 batting average with 4 home runs in 109 at bats.
The Twins bullpen gave up 8 runs in a 2 innings span to give the Angels the win last time out. From the dish they managed 10 hits and were 3-7 with runners in scoring position, but only had one extra base hit in the game. To start the season, the Twins have a .252 team batting average and .736 OPS. Nelson Cruz leads the team with a .405 batting average and 10 RBI.
Getting the start for Minnesota on Saturday will be righty Matt Shoemaker. To start the season, he is 1-0 with a 4.09 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 12 strikeouts. He has only faced 4 Angles in his career and allowed a .182 batting average in 21 at bats.
The Twins are 3-7 in their last 10, 4-3 on the road, and the under is 4-6.
The Angels are 6-4 in their last 10, 5-2 at home, and the over is 6-4.
Both teams have been swinging the bat well, ranking in the top ten in many offensive categories. Meanwhile Quintana has been awful so far, and the Twins are 5th in the majors with a .287 batting average against lefties. Shoemaker has given up some runs in his first two starts, allowing 5 runs in 10 innings. With both bullpens leaving a lot to be desired, we can should see some scoring in this one. Give me the over.