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Texas favored by -200 against Minnesota on Thursday

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Aug 23, 8:05 PM | GrassRangers Ballpark

Minnesota Twins vs Texas Rangers Odds

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A key battle on the MLB odds menu sees visiting Minnesota duelling Texas on Thursday at Rangers Ballpark.

Scott Diamond gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the Twins on this day; he's 10-5 on the season. The Rangers, meanwhile, will counter with Roy Oswalt, who will be looking to improve on his 3-2 mark.

View Minnesota vs Texas Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as +-200 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark. The total opened at 9.5 for those preferring over under wagers.

Power Rankings:
The MLB Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the American League's No. 13-rated Twins taking on the American League's No. 2-rated Rangers in this contest.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Texas' No. 1 ranked American League offense (5.1 runs per game) against a Twins defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 13 in the American League at 5.1 runs allowed per game. The Rangers have been averaging 9.6 hits per game, more than the Twins have managed so far this season (9 hits on average).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Texas has the American League's No. 6-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Twins own the American League's No. 13 mark in runs allowed.

Minnesota was a 5-1 loser in its last match on the road against the Athletics. They lost as +162 underdogs, while the total score of 6 made winners of UNDER bettors. Minnesota didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 5-1 to Oakland on Wednesday at O.co Coliseum.

Texas won its last outing, a 12-3 result against the Orioles on August 22. Bettors who backed the Rangers at -200 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (15) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. The Rangers enjoyed a 12-3 victory at the expense of the Orioles on Wednesday, with Derek Holland throwing 7 innings of 5-hit ball at Rangers Ballpark.

Minnesota Twins Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 2-8
Before playing Texas are 4-6
After playing Oakland are 3-7
After a loss are 2-8

Texas Rangers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Minnesota are 5-5
After playing Baltimore are 8-2
After a win are 5-5

A few Twins at Rangers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing Texas
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing on the road against Texas
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas' last 5 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas' last 5 games when playing at home against Minnesota
Texas is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Minnesota
Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games

Next up:
Minnesota at Texas, Friday, August 24

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