Texas Rangers vs. Minnesota Twins MLB Betting Odds & Pick from Larry Ness: August 4th 2017

| August 4, 2017

Texas Rangers vs. Minnesota Twins
MLB Betting Pick: Texas -110 odds (August 4th 2017)
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The Rangers took Thursday’s contest 4-1, as Joey Gallo continued his recent power surge with a 430-foot HR. That gives him four HRs in a three-game span and eight over his last 13 games to raise his season total to 29. The Rangers and Twins continue their four-game series tonight with both teams sitting 4 1/2 games behind Kansas City for the American League’s second wild-card spot.

Martin Perez (5-9, 5.13 ERA) will start for Texas and Bartolo Colon (2-9, 7.70 ERA) for Minnesota. Perez ‘limps’ in on a three-game losing streak in which he owns an unsightly 8.31 ERA during that stretch. Perez owns a respectable 3.32 ERA in three career starts against the Twins but is 0-2 (team is 1-2). Colon was an abysmal 2-8 with an 8.14 ERA in 13 outings with Atlanta (Braves were 5-8) and was released. For some reason, he was picked up by the Twins and he’s 0-1 with a 5.87 ERA in three starts since joining Minnesota (Twins are 0-3).

The veteran is 20-9 with a 3.57 ERA in 34 career starts against the Ranger (teams are 21-13) but I doubt that holds any significance at this stage of his career. Colon is washed up and the Twins enter this contest having lost eight of their last 10. Minnesota’s early success seems well in the past, as they are starting to look more like the team that lost 103 games last year, going 6-14 their last 20. Take Texas.

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