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MLB Game Preview - Twins underdogs vs Rangers at Texas

Minnesota TwinsTexas Rangers
July 6, 8:05 PM | GrassRangers Ballpark

Minnesota Twins vs Texas Rangers Odds

35-47TEAM RECORD50-33

Minnesota pays a visit to Texas on Friday, hoping to shut down the Rangers bats in baseball action at Rangers Ballpark.

Minnesota puts its faith in starter Francisco Liriano to earn a win and boost his personal mark of 2-7. Getting the ball for the Rangers is Martin Perez, who owns a 1-0 record on the season with a 3.38 ERA.

View Minnesota vs Texas Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to back visiting Minnesota before the first pitch in this match will find them as +-135-moneyline underdogs. They will see an opening total of 10.

Power Rankings:
The Rangers sit at No. 1 in the American League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Twins sit at an American League No. 14 on the same chart.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Texas' American League No. 1-ranked scoring average of 5.2 runs per game, against a Twins offense rated No. 10 and scoring 4.2 runs per game in the league. The Rangers have averaged 9.8 hits per game to date this season, more than the Twins hitters have managed (8.8 per nine innings).

Defensively, Minnesota features the American League's No. 13-rated defense on the road, allowing 5.3 runs per game. Texas, meanwhile, comes in at No. 1 in the American League at home, scoring 5.6 runs per game.

Last time out for Minnesota, they were a 7-3 loser as they battled the Tigers on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Tigers at -148 were rewarded, while the 10 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Minnesota suffered a 7-3 loss against Detroit on Thursday, as Scott Diamond wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Comerica Park.

Texas lost its last outing, a 2-1 result against the White Sox on July 5. Bettors who backed the White Sox at +122 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. The Rangers endured a 2-1 loss at the hands of the White Sox on Thursday, with Matt Harrison throwing 8 innings of 8-hit ball at U.S. Cellular Field.

Minnesota Twins Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Texas are 5-5
After playing Detroit are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5

Texas Rangers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Minnesota are 5-5
After playing Chi White Sox are 4-6
After a loss are 6-4

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 OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games
Minnesota is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Minnesota is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Texas
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 6 games
Texas is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Minnesota

Next up:
Minnesota at Texas, Saturday, July 7