Rangers vs Twins Prediction - MLB Picks 8/26/23

Minnesota Twins (67-62) vs Texas Rangers (72-56)

Game Info: Saturday, August 26, 2023 at 7:15 pm (Target Field)

Joe Ryan (9-8) (4.43) vs Max Scherzer (12-5) (3.77)

Betting Odds: Minnesota Twins -108 / Texas Rangers -112 --- Over/Under: 8 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Texas Rangers will play the Minnesota Twins in Game 3 of their series on Saturday night at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Minnesota has won the first two games in this series by scores of 7-5 and 12-2, while Texas continues their losing streak. 

Rangers Preview

The Texas Rangers are 72-56 this season and they have lost eight games in a row. The Rangers have lost eight games in a row to Minnesota, Arizona, Milwaukee, and the Angels. Texas has allowed quite a few runs recently, giving up at least six runs in six of their last seven games. The Texas pitching staff has a 4.13 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP, and a .242 opponent batting average this year. The Rangers offense has scored 715 runs with a .269 batting average and a .338 on base percentage. Adolis Garcia is batting .250 with 31 home runs and 93 RBI’s for the Rangers. The projected starting pitcher for Texas is Max Scherzer, who is 12-5 with a 3.77 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP over 131.1 innings pitched this season. 

Twins Preview

The Minnesota Twins are 67-62 this season and they have won three of their last five games. The Twins have scored 19 runs in the first two games of this series and they have scored seven runs or more in three straight. The Minnesota pitching staff has a 3.92 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP, and a .238 opponent batting average. The Twins offense has scored 580 runs with a .241 batting average and a .320 on base percentage this season. Carlos Correa is batting .229 with 16 home runs and 57 RBI’s for the Twins. The projected starting pitcher for Minnesota is Joe Ryan, who is 9-8 with a 4.43 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP over 126 innings pitched this year. 

Minnesota Twins Team Facts

  • The home team has won each of the Twins' last five games.
  • The Twins have failed to cover the run line in each of their last seven games as underdogs against AL West opponents following a home win.
  • The Twins have trailed after 7 innings in each of their last five games as home underdogs against American League opponents.
  • The Twins have led after 3 innings in three of their last four games as underdogs against American League opponents.
  • The 'Inning 1 OVER 0.5 runs' market has hit in each of the Twins' last four games.

Texas Rangers Team Facts

  • The Rangers have lost each of their last eight games against teams that held a winning record.
  • The Rangers have failed to cover the run line each of their last seven games against teams that held a winning record.
  • The Rangers have trailed after 3 innings in three of their last four games as road favorites against AL Central opponents.
  • The 'Inning 1 OVER 0.5 runs' market has hit in each of the Rangers' last five road games against AL Central opponents.

Texas Rangers Player Prop Facts

  • Max Scherzer ranks T8th in the league for Wins (12) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Minnesota Twins ranks 3rd in the league for walks allowed this season (358).
  • The Minnesota Twins are one of only 4 teams in the league to rank top 10 in both strikeouts and walks allowed this season.
  • The Texas Rangers ranks 2nd in the league for doubles this season (276).
  • The Texas Rangers ranks 2nd in the league for batting average this season (.269).

Pick

The Rangers come into this game desperately in need of a win, as their pitching staff has really let them down recently. On the other side, Minnesota is pulling away in the AL Central and they have played their best baseball at home. The Twins are starting Joe Ryan, who has allowed 15 earned runs in his last three starts (13.2 IP). The Rangers are starting Max Scherzer, who has allowed seven earned runs in 23.2 innings for the Rangers this season. Joe Ryan has really struggled for the Twins in his last few starts and I think Texas will get back on track here. Take the Rangers to win. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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