The Los Angeles Dodgers (76-33) welcome the Minnesota Twins (57-52) to Dodger Stadium on Wednesday for the finale of a two-game set. The Dodgers will look to win their 10th straight contest while the Twins are 5-8 in their last 13 outings. Can Los Angeles push its run into double digits? Find out in our Twins vs Dodgers prediction.
Twins vs Dodgers Opening Odds Analysis
The Dodgers opened as the home favorite at -145 on the moneyline with the visiting Twins getting +125. The total was set at nine runs with the OVER going 4-1 in Minnesota’s last five games. While the Dodgers have won nine straight overall, they’ve also won nine consecutive meetings against the Twins, making the hosts a slam-dunk pick for your Twins vs Dodgers prediction.
Ryan Pepiot (1-0) makes his fifth career start for the Dodgers on Wednesday. The rookie last pitched on July 5 when he earned his first career win against the Colorado Rockies after scattering four hits and one earned run over five innings. The right-hander has a 2.76 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP over 16.1 innings.
32-year-old Sonny Gray (6-3) has just a bit more major-league experience under his belt as he makes his 17th start of the year. He pitched five scoreless innings against the Toronto Blue Jays on August 4 but picked up a no-decision despite his best efforts. Gray owns a 3.19 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP over 79 innings this season.
Buxton Homers Again As Twins Drop Series Opener
The Twins fell 10-3 to the Dodgers in the series opener as starter Joe Ryan gave up nine hits and five earned runs through the first five innings. Gilberto Celestino had an RBI single while Byron Buxton added a two-run shot late in the game to complete the scoring for Minnesota.
Buxton has been in a tier of his own among Twins batters when it comes to the long ball, leading the squad with 27 home runs – 13 more than Jorge Polanco, who ranks second. Buxton has four homers and six RBI over his last 10 outings while sporting a .267 batting average and a .922 OPS so far this month – big jumps from a lacklustre July where those numbers were down at .189 and .746.
Dodgers Run Up The Score Again To Win Ninth Straight
The Dodgers scored five runs in the first four innings thanks to a two-run double from Cody Bellinger and a solo shot from Max Muncy as they took an early lead and never looked back. Trea Turner finished the game with three RBI to lead the team while Julio Urias was impeccable on the mound, scattering five hits and one earned run over seven innings to earn the win.
Los Angeles’ offense has been on fire over this nine-game run, averaging a whopping 6.89 runs per contest over that span – a good reminder to hammer the over! One interesting development out of Los Angeles has been the resurgence of Bellinger: the 2019 NL MVP has four homers and 17 RBI over his last 16 contests.
Twins vs Dodgers Picks & Insights
Twins: Keys To Victory
The Twins have a clear advantage on the mound and will be hoping that Gray can pitch a gem to keep them in the game. The veteran right-hander has given up just one earned run in each of his last three starts. It’ll be tough to replicate that against the star-studded Dodgers, but if Gray is in form he might be able to slow them down.
Dodgers: Keys To Victory
Pepiot hasn’t shown a propensity to go deep into ballgames just yet, with his average MLB start at just four innings, but he has been solid in three of his four appearances. If the Dodgers rookie can just give his club four or five decent innings, the bats should be able to do the rest and power Los Angeles to its 10th straight victory.
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