Betting Pick: L.A. Angels vs. Minnesota Twins

Betting Pick: L.A. Angels vs. Minnesota Twins

The Los Angeles Angels will travel to Target Field on Wednesday afternoon as they prepare for the third and final game of their American League battle versus the AL Central-leading Minnesota Twins.

Los Angeles made several one-year signings during the offseason, but the moves have yet to pay off. Matt Harvey, Justin Bour, Jonathan Lucroy and Cody Allen are all off to slow starts with their new ball club, but there is still plenty of time to turn things around. The Angels opened the series with a 5-4 victory to win for the fifth time in their last seven games. L.A. enters in second place in the AL West standings with a 20-21 overall record, trailing the division-leading Houston Astros by 6.5-games. Can the Angels earn a series victory with a win over the Twins on Wednesday?

The Angels are expected to turn to right-hander Trevor Cahill to the hill for his ninth start in an Angels’ uniform. Cahill completed six innings or more and logged his first quality start since April 8 last time out versus the Baltimore Orioles. He gave up two earned runs on four hits and struck out five batters to earn the victory, snapping a personal two-game losing streak. Home runs have been a major issue for Cahill, who has surrendered 13 home runs in 39 ⅔ frames after giving up just eight long balls in 20 starts spanning 110 innings in 2018. Right-handed batters are hitting just .193 off of Cahill this season, but they’ve launched eight home runs off of him and lefties are hitting .353 with a 1.083 OPS.

Minnesota is scheduled to counter with emerging right-hander Jake Odorizzi, who has turned into an ace in his second season atop the Twins’ rotation. The 29-year-old enters with a scoreless streak of 20 innings and has tossed three straight scoreless starts of six innings or more. He owns the second-lowest ERA in the American League at 2.32 and he’s won five straight trips to the mound to enter with a 5-2 overall record. The Twins’ right-hander is fresh off of seven shutout innings of one-hit ball in his last start start against the Tigers and he’s allowed just three hits in his last 13 frames overall. Odorizzi has struck out a batter per inning, while limiting opposing hitters to a .169 batting average this season, but a 4.48 xFIP suggests that some regression could be in order and the Angels would be a good catalyst for that to happen.

My free pick goes to Minnesota -123

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