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Nick Blackburn out to silence Rangers bats in MLB contest

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April 14, 1:10 PM | GrassTarget Field

Texas Rangers vs Minnesota Twins Odds


Target Field hosts an MLB battle between the Minnesota Twins and the visiting Texas Rangers on Saturday.

The Twins will turn to Nick Blackburn and his 0-1 record as they look for a win in this one, while the Rangers send Yu Darvish (1-0) to the hill.

View Texas vs Minnesota Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Rangers were listed as 165 favorites on the baseball moneyline at many online sportsbooks. The total was set at 8.5 before betting started earlier on Monday.

Power Rankings:
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Twins at No. 7 in the American League and the Rangers at No. 12 in the American League heading into this contest.

How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Minnesota has the American League's No. 12-rated offensive output, at 8.1 hits per game. The Rangers average 8.4 hits per game, good for No. 6 on the American League list.

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 Rangers own the American League's No. 1 mark in runs allowed.

In their last action, Texas was a 4-1 winner on the road against the Twins. Bettors on Texas at -148 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. Texas rolled to a 4-1 win against Minnesota on Friday, as Matt Harrison and the Rangers' bats led the team to victory at Target Field.

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

Minnesota Twins Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Texas are 7-3
After playing Texas are 8-2
After a loss are 4-6

A few Rangers at Twins trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Texas' last 8 games
Texas is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Texas' last 7 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
Texas is 12-6 SU in its last 18 games on the road
Minnesota is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games when playing at home against Texas
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Minnesota's last 14 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota's last 7 games when playing at home against Texas
Minnesota is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games when playing Texas

Next up:
Texas at Minnesota, Sunday, April 15