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Nick Blackburn out to silence Rangers bats in MLB contest

Texas RangersMinnesota Twins
April 14, 1:10 PM | GrassTarget Field

Texas Rangers vs Minnesota Twins Odds

6-2TEAM RECORD2-5

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

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