Texas Rangers vs Minnesota Twins 8/26/2023 – The weekend series between the Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins continues with both teams looking to make an impressionable statement in what could potentially serve as a playoff preview. Expect an intense and engaging showdown on the field this Saturday at Target Field in Minnesota when Max Scherzer faces Joe Ryan for a pitching duel that should start around 7:15 PM ET. The MLB betting odds tonight are up and running as these top teams clash in an important game.
Texas Rangers vs Minnesota Twins 8/26/2023
|When:||Saturday, August 26, 7:15 PM ET|
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— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) August 26, 2023
The Texas Rangers were previously dominant in the AL West Division for most of the season. Unfortunately, their comfortable lead has since eroded due to a six-game losing streak which has put them in tight competition with the Astros and Mariners for their division title. Yet even during these struggles, the Rangers remain formidable; their bullpen failed late against the Twins for a 7-5 loss before suffering another 12-2 setback on Friday, which extended their losing streak even further and tied with the Seattle Mariners as leaders of AL West.
Max Scherzer has proven his worth this season as an effective right-handed pitcher, compiling an outstanding 12-5 record with an ERA of 3.77 over 23 starts for the Mets. Since joining the Rangers from there he has gone 3-1 with three quality starts out of four appearances for Texas with only 14 hits allowed over 23.2 innings with an outstanding 2.66 ERA – not to mention an astounding K/9 rate of 11.4 and an outstanding WHIP rate of 0.967.
Players to watch: Marcus Semien 2B (GP 128, AB 532, R 97, H 147, 2B 31, 3B 4, HR 20, RBI 80, TB 246, BB 57, SO 85, SB 13, AVG 0.276, OBP 0.346, SLG 0.462, OPS 0.808, WAR 5.8, Nathaniel Lowe 1B (GP 127, AB 498, R 77, H 140, 2B 35, 3B 2, HR 15, RBI 68, TB 224, BB 69, SO 124, SB 0, AVG 0.281, OBP 0.37, SLG 0.45, OPS 0.82, WAR 3.1.
Minnesota Twins have managed to hold on to their lead in the AL Central Division despite recent difficulties. Their offense exploded in their series opener against Texas Rangers as they scored three runs in the eighth inning to earn a 7-5 victory; Friday marked yet another offensive triumph as Minnesota outlasted them with an emphatic 12-2 triumph.
The Texas Rangers, once in firm control of the AL West Division, now find themselves in a tight race for the top spot with both the Astros and Mariners. Their recent struggles, marked by a six-game losing streak, have diminished their divisional lead and raised concerns about their playoff aspirations. This series against the Twins is crucial as they aim to regain their winning form
Joe Ryan’s Return: Bolstering Twins’ Pitching and Playoff Aspirations
As the Twins aim to solidify their divisional lead and secure a spot in the playoffs, their offensive prowess and pitching depth will be critical. The combination of powerful hitters and skilled pitchers gives them a competitive edge as they look to maintain their dominance in the AL Central Division and beyond.
Joe Ryan will give the Twins’ pitching rotation a major boost upon returning from being placed on the injured list. Ryan had been sidelined due to a groin injury but hopes to regain the form that made him stand out in American League competition prior to the injury, holding an overall season record of 9-8 in 22 starts, including 12 quality starts and an ERA of 4.43 over his total innings pitched despite some recent outings being more challenging prior to the injury. His return brings hope of resurgence.
Players to watch: Carlos Correa SS (GP 115, AB 441, R 48, H 101, 2B 26, 3B 2, HR 16, RBI 57, TB 179, BB 49, SO 113, SB 0, AVG 0.229, OBP 0.308, SLG 0.406, OPS 0.714, WAR 1.2, Max Kepler RF (GP 100, AB 332, R 52, H 81, 2B 16, 3B 0, HR 21, RBI 49, TB 160, BB 29, SO 80, SB 0, AVG 0.244, OBP 0.31, SLG 0.482, OPS 0.792, WAR 1.3.
Texas Rangers vs Minnesota Twins Betting Numbers
Texas is 0-8 SU in their last 8 games.
Rangers are 0-5 SU in their last 5 games on the road.
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Texas’s last 8 games when playing on the road against Minnesota.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Texas’s last 5 games against an opponent in the American League.
Texas are 6-2 SU in their last 8 games against an opponent in the American League Central Division.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota’s last 6 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 6 games against Texas.
Minnesota are 8-2 SU in their last 10 games at home.
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Minnesota’s last 8 games when playing at home against Texas.
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Minnesota’s last 13 games against an opponent in the American League.
Minnesota are 9-4 SU in their last 13 games against an opponent in the American League West Division.
Texas Rangers vs Minnesota Twins Betting Picks
Saturday’s game holds significant implications for both teams. The Rangers need Scherzer to end their losing streak and guide them back on track, and his three quality starts in four appearances and 2.72 ERA make him an invaluable force against Ryan and the Twins’ lineup. Meanwhile, Ryan hopes for an impactful comeback against one of MLB’s highest-scoring teams; facing them, however, poses a formidable challenge; fans should expect an intense battle as both sides vie to make an impressionable statement with this critical series. The best baseball picks are intact for the Rangers to win this exciting game.
Score Prediction: Rangers 7, Twins 5.