Vance Worley faces Clay Buchholz in MLB odds action
Boston Red Sox vs Minnesota Twins Odds
The Minnesota Twins host Boston on Friday, looking to build on their 18-19 mark against the 24-17 Red Sox in MLB betting action at Target Field.
The Twins will rely on Vance Worley to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one, while Clay Buchholz will be his counterpart for the Red Sox. Vance Worley is 1-4 this season, and Clay Buchholz is 6-0.
This game puts the Twins, most recently No. 13 in the American League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Red Sox, who rate an American League No. 3 in the latest survey.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Red Sox rank No. 7 in the American League at 8.9 hits per game. That compares with Minnesota’s No. 9 ranking in that category.
Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Minnesota has the American League's No. 11-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Red Sox own the American League's No. 7 mark in runs allowed.
Last time out for Boston, they were a 4-3 winner as they battled the Rays on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Red Sox at +129 were rewarded, while the 7 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Boston got the job done in their last match in a 4-3 victory over Tampa Bay on Thursday at Tropicana Field behind starter Felix Doubront.
Minnesota was a 9-4 loser in its last match at home against the White Sox. They lost as -138 favorites, while the total score of 13 made winners of OVER bettors. Minnesota suffered a 9-4 loss against Chicago on Wednesday, as Mike Pelfrey wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Target Field.
Boston Red Sox Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Minnesota are 3-7
After playing Tampa Bay are 5-5
After a win are 6-4
Minnesota Twins Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Boston are 6-4
After playing Chi White Sox are 4-6
After a loss are 6-4
A few Red Sox at Twins trends to consider:
Boston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston's last 6 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
Boston is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Minnesota is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Boston
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games when playing at home against Boston
Boston at Minnesota, Saturday, May 18