Minnesota Twins (67-63) vs Texas Rangers (73-56)
Game Info: Sunday, August 27, 2023 at 2:10 pm (Target Field)
Bailey Ober (6-6) (3.41) vs Jordan Montgomery (8-10) (3.12)
Betting Odds: Minnesota Twins -109 / Texas Rangers -109 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Twins will host the Texas Rangers for their series finale this Sunday from Target Field. Texas took game three with a big ninth inning, 6-2.
Rangers Preview & Projected Starter
Texas moved to 73-56 after losing to Minnesota. The Rangers finally broke through and got back into the win column with clutch hitting, and they’ll look to keep pace with the three-way dance atop the AL West with a win here. 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.
Jordan Montgomery (8-10, 3.12 ERA, 134 Ks) will get the ball for Texas. The seventh-year lefty dealt a gem in the desert last time out, tossing eight scoreless frames against Arizona to earn his eighth win of the season. Montgomery has been very consistent since the start of June, allowing two runs or less in eleven of his last fourteen starts, and he’ll to deliver an eighth straight quality start this Sunday. L
Rangers Player Trends & Props
• Corey Seager has multiple hits in four of the last six games, and he leads the AL in batting (.347), 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 67-63 after falling to Texas. The Twins nearly took a 3-0 series lead last night, and they’ll look to regroup in the series finale. 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.
Bailey Ober (6-6, 3.41 ERA, 116 Ks) will take the mound for Minnesota. The third-year righty was solid in interleague play in Milwaukee last week, holding the Brew Crew to two runs thru five innings pitched. Ober’s regained his form since the start of July, holding teams to three runs or less in seven of the last nine games, and he’ll attempt to come thru again here at home.
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
We were one night early on Texas, but it was nice to see them finally break thru without relinquishing their lead atop the AL West. The Rangers losing stretch has created a three-way dance in the division, so the time to perform is now. This matchup with feature two of the more steadier arms in the league in Jordan Montgomery and Bailey Ober, and I like the potential pitchers duel here. Neither team is hitting exceptionally well right now, while both men in the mound have been strong with containment. Let’s look for a slow game four, and back the Under for this contest.