Texas vs. Minnesota Free MLB Pick & Handicapping Lines Preview 8-12-2015

MLB Prediction: Rangers vs Twins

Major League Baseball betting sees the Texas Rangers taking on the Minnesota Twins  on Wednesday August 12th at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all MLB season long so stay tuned for more FREE MLB baseball predictions.

Texas Rangers (55-56) at Minnesota Twins (56-56)
Date: Wednesday August 12th
Time: 8:10 PM
Venue: Target field-Minneapolis,Minnesota
MLB Betting Lines: Texas Rangers +103, Minnesota Twins -113
MLB Betting Total: 9.0
Probable Pitchers:   Rangers RH Nick Martinez (7-6, 3.91 ERA) vs. Twins RH Mike Pelfrey (5-7, 4.06)
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Home field advantage has been the most important factor for the Twins this season. After walking off in Tuesday’s series opener, the Twins will look to get back over the .500 mark as they take on the Texas Rangers in game 2 of their series. Both the Rangers and Twins are battling in the middle of the American League Wild Card standings, which makes these games more important. Currently, the Rangers sit in 6th, 3.5 back. The Twins sit just ahead of them in 5th, 3.0 games off the pace.
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The Rangers will send RH Nick Martinez to hill on Wednesday night, while the Twins will counter with a RH of their own, Mike Pelfrey.

Texas Rangers

The Rangers went for it all at the trade deadline, trading for SP Cole Hamels. They had to give up 6 players for Hamels, but ownership showed the team and the fans, the window is now. Sitting in 6th place, the Rangers are taking on an opponent they’ll be battling with the rest of the way.

The Rangers held a 2-0 lead into the 8th inning, only to see the Twins hit a pair of solo home runs, followed by the an eventual walk off double.

With the loss, the Rangers have now dropped 3 of 4 and are under the .500 mark.

The Rangers will try to even this series up with RH Nick Martinez on the mound. Martinez has won 2 straight outings and was quite impressive in his last one.

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He allowed just 1 run on 1 hit in 5 innings of work against the Astros. In his last 2 outings, Martinez has allowed just 3 runs combined.

Back on June 14 he faced these Twins and received a ND allowing 3 runs in 7 innings.

Minnesota Twins

The Twins would not even be close to where they currently are without Target Field. Minnesota brings in a 35-22 S.U. home record and has put them in a prime position to make a post season push.

The walk off on Tuesday was just another one in the books for the Twins this 2015 season. The Twins had entered Tuesday’s contest losers of 15 of 21 and were coming off a weekend series in Cleveland that saw their pitchers allow 9, 17, and 8 runs.

Trying to follow up a finally good pitching performance, RH Mike Pelfrey takes the hill on Wednesday. The RH is 5-7 on the season and was victim to one of those bashings in Cleveland over the weekend.

Pelfrey allowed 7 runs on 10 hits in 3.2 innings of work, but was bailed out by his offense in Friday’s contest. Prior to that outing, Pelfrey went 8 scoreless innings against the Mariners.

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Pelfrey faced the Rangers back on June 13 and allowed 8 runs on 11 hits in another 3.2 innings outing.

He was not bailed out by his offense this time as he received the loss in the outing. Pelfrey has not had a win since June 7.

MLB Betting Trends:

  • Rangers are 5-2 in their last 7 during game 2 of a series.
  • Rangers are 2-5 in Martinezs last 7 starts as an underdog.
  • Twins are 21-8 in their last 29 home games vs. a team with a losing record.
  • Twins are 7-3 in Pelfreys last 10 starts with 4 days of rest.
  • Twins are 0-4 in Pelfreys last 4 home starts.

4* MLB Betting Prediction: Over 9

Both starting pitchers have been a struggle lately. With two solid offenses here, the Over is the way to go.
MLB Baseball Score Prediction: Texas 8- Minnesota 6

A shootout breaks out in this Wild Card implication game as the Rangers prevail in the end.

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By Tony M

Tony is new to Cappers Picks and has been betting on sports since the first day he turned 18. He is a 22 year old Cleveland native who lives and breathes Indians baseball. His dream is to be part of a championship celebration at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario.