Minnesota Twins (66-62) vs Texas Rangers (72-55)
Game Info: Friday, August 25, 2023 at 8:10 pm (Target Field)
Sonny Gray (6-6) (3.08) vs Dane Dunning (9-5) (3.19)
Betting Odds: Minnesota Twins -128 / Texas Rangers +109 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Minnesota Twins will host the Texas Rangers for game two of their four-game set this Friday from Target Field. Minnesota stole game one by two last night, 7-5.
Rangers Preview & Projected Starter
Texas moved to 72-55 after losing to Minnesota. The Rangers have now dropped seven straight games, and something has to give soon before they lose their AL West division lead. The Texas offense is scoring 4.88 runs per game, while batting .272, with a .341 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 3.77 ERA, with a 1.20 WHIP.
Dane Dunning (9-5, 3.19 ERA, 85 Ks) will get the ball for Texas. The fourth-year pitcher gave up three runs in five innings against Milwaukee last week, and ended up taking the losing decision. Despite that final result, Dunning’s been pretty good this month, as he put together an eleven-K performance against Chicago, before delivering a pair of quality starts in the Bay versus Oakland and San Francisco. Dunning has been the Rangers best pitcher this season, and they need him now more than ever.
Rangers Player Trends & Props
• Corey Seager has multiple hits in three of the last four games, and he leads the AL in batting (.345), while being second in the team in homers (24) with 77 runs batted in.
• Marcus Semien homered in the game one loss, and he leads the team in hits (148) and runs (97), with splits of .278/20/80.
• Adolis Garcia has recorded a hit in four of the last five games, and he leads the Rangers in home runs (31) and RBI (93).
• Nathaniel Lowe has totaled multiple bases in four of the last six games, and he’s posting a line of .279/15/67.
Twins Preview & Projected Starter
Minnesota moved to 66-62 after defeating Texas. The Twins snuck away with game one, and they’ll look to double down here on Friday. The Minnesota offense is scoring 3.47 runs per game, while batting .237, with a .315 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 3.58 ERA, with a 1.18 WHIP.
Sonny Gray (6-6, 3.15 ERA, 147 Ks) will take the mound for Minnesota. The tenth-year pitcher ended up taking the loss last time out, after allowing four runs to Pittsburgh in 6.2 innings at home. The four runs allowed marked the highest for Gray thru his last five starts, and he’ll attempt to rebound against a struggling Texas team here.
Twins Player Trends & Props
• Carlos Correa has been reliable this month, and after collecting a hit in thirteen of the last fifteen games, he leads the Twins in hits (100) and RBI (56), with fifteen home runs.
• Max Kepler has totaled multiple bases in three of the last five games, and he’s up to twenty homers and 48 RBI for the season.
• Donovan Solano has recorded a hit in eight of the last ten games, and he leads the Twins in batting (.280).
Corey’s Free Pick
Something’s got to give for the Rangers, and I think it happens today. Texas led all of last night’s game prior to allowing an eighth-inning homer, and with the sturdy Dane Dunning set to go this evening, I believe a strong two-way effort is on the horizon for the Rangers. Texas is still one of the top offenses in baseball, and the losing has to stop at some point. Let’s take the shot on Texas here for game two.