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Minnesota Twins vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Picks, Predictions, Odds
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Minnesota Twins vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Betting Analysis
The Twins will visit Dodgers at Dodger Stadium for the first of a one-game set on Wednesday, August 10, 2022.
The Twins currently lead the American League Central with a record of 57-52. However, Minnesota has struggled away from Target Field, highlighted by their 26-27 mark on the road. The Dodgers are currently leading the West division with 76-33 and a home record of 39-15.
Minnesota Twins vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Betting Prediction
Prior to the results of game-one on Tuesday night, the Twins enter this matchup first in the AL Central standings with a one game lead over the Cleveland Guardians. Minnesota went 2-2 SU in their most recent series against Toronto and are 5-5 SU over their last 10 games. The offense has been a bit down over that stretch, but has been solid throughout the season with a batting average of .251 (9th), on base percentage of .321 (8th), slugging percentage of .417 (8th) and have scored 488 total runs (12th). Minnesota’s bullpen has not seen as much success with a team ERA of 4.02 (19th) and WHIP of 1.24 (13th). Right-handed pitcher Sonny Gray (6-3, 3.19 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Twins Wednesday.
Los Angeles has a commanding lead over the rest of NL West with a 16.0 game lead over the second place San Diego Padres. The Dodgers swept the Padres in their most recent three-game series and have won nine of their last 10 games. Both the offense and bullpen have been great throughout the season. The offense has a batting average of .260 (3rd), on base percentage of .336 (1st), slugging percentage of .446 (2nd) and have scored 571 total runs. Los Angeles’ bullpen is allowing opponents a batting average of .215 (2nd), have a WHIP of 1.07 (1st) and team ERA of 2.87 (1st). As of Tuesday night, Los Angeles has not announced a starting pitcher, but the talent runs deep with the Dodgers so nothing to be concerned about .
I like Los Angeles in game-two of this series. Don’t get me wrong, the Twins are a solid ball club, but this Dodgers team is on a whole other level. The bullpen runs deep, and the offensive lineup is filled with productive hitters. Backing the Dodgers runline in this matchup as I expect the Twins to struggle.
Score Prediction: Dodgers 5, Twins 2
Best Bet: Dodgers -1.5 (+130)
Minnesota Twins vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Betting Odds
Minnesota Twins vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Betting Resources
- Date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022
- Matchup: AL Central vs. NL West
- Venue: Dodger Stadium
- Location: Los Angeles, California
- Time-TV: 10:10 p.m. ET – MLB Network
Minnesota Twins vs. Los Angeles Dodgers – Current Form
The Twins won 2-1 against the Tigers last Wednesday, and went 1-2 with the Blue Jays in their next game on Sunday. The Tigers scored only one run against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday, which was Minnesota’s best result in the last two series.
The Twins were the weakest on Thursday, when the Toronto Blue Jays scored nine runs in game two of a four-contest series against the Blue Jays. The Dodgers have played excellent recently, highlighted by Los Angeles posting back-to-back series victories over the Giants and the Padres squads, resulting in a solid 7-0 record across that window. Their best performance was on Sunday, when they limited the Padres to scoring no runs in the third contest of a three-game series. Scoring nine runs against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday’s second game in the series was their best performance in their last seven games.
Minnesota Twins vs. Los Angeles Dodgers – Pitching Matchup
Minnesota: Sonny Gray (6-3, 3.19 ERA)
Sonny Gray takes the mound in the series opener as he makes his 16th start of the season for the Twins in this contest. He comes in 6-3 with a 3.19 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP, 24 walks and 74 strikeouts over 79 innings of work on the year. Minnesota’s 32-year-old right-hander didn’t factor in the decision in his last start, which came at home against the Toronto Blue Jays on August 4, 2022. He threw five innings, on one hit with five walks and five strikeouts in a 3-9 Twins loss. In his seven starts on the road this season, Gray is 4-2 with a 2.80 ERA, a 0.85 WHIP, six walks and 24 strikeouts over 35.1 innings of work.
Los Angeles: Ryan Pepiot (1-0, 2.76 ERA)
Dodgers’ right-hander Ryan Pepiot owns a 1-0 record and 2.76 ERA across four starts this season. Pepiot has also posted a 1.35 WHIP, while striking out 19 and walking 12 batters in 16.1 innings this season. Pitching at home this season, Pepiot is 1-0 with a 4.00 ERA, a 1.80 WHIP, four walks and 11 strikeouts over nine innings in two starts.
Minnesota Twins vs. Los Angeles Dodgers – Series History
Los Angeles had a great 2017 season in this matchup, tallying a 3-0 mark. In the first two games of this season, Los Angeles has come away with wins two times.