The Minnesota Twins are favored in baseball futures as they host the Texas Rangers in Sunday night baseball on ESPN 2.
It is the last game of a nine-game home stand for the Twins. Scott Baker is expected to get the start for the Twins and he should be a small favorite in baseball betting.
Baseball futures indicate that the Twins are a contender in the American League. The Twins have been leading the American League Central and they look like they should win that division with relative ease. The Rangers have been leading the American League West but they don’t seem to be such a sure thing in that division. The Rangers are expected to send Derek Holland to the mound on Sunday. He is 2-0 with a 2.95 ERA. Last time out against the Cubs, Holland went six innings and gave up three runs on four hits with five strikeouts. He has started twice against the Twins and is 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA.
Baker pitched well last time out against the Yankees before the game was suspended after five innings as he allowed just three hits. Baker has been very good at home going 3-1 this season. On the season he is 4-4 with a 4.48 ERA.
The Twins had won six of the last ten at home in baseball betting against Texas before this series began. Target Field seems to be just as much of a home advantage for Minnesota as the Metro Dome was. Last season the Twins took two of three at home against Texas. All three of those games went under the total.
If the Rangers could figure out how to win on the road they would be in good shape vs. the baseball futures. They have been excellent at home but they have struggled on the road. The pitching is a concern again for Texas as they are just mid-pack in the American League.
Minnesota has been excellent at home this season. If they didn’t have to play the Yankees they would be far better vs. the baseball futures as New York has been the one team that has solved Target Field. The Twins have an offense and a pitching staff that is right near the top ten in the league.