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Minnesota Twins at Los Angeles Angels Betting Preview

Angel Stadium will play host to the first of a three-game series on Friday as the Minnesota Twins (6-7) square off with the Los Angeles Angels (7-5). First pitch for this one is scheduled for 9:38 pm ET.

Both of these teams come into this one on the heels of rough series. Minnesota dropped three straight games to the Boston Red Sox but was able to finish with a 4-3 win in the finale on Thursday.

The Angels were able to take the first game against the Kansas City Royals, but they then dropped the next two on the road. They enjoyed an off day Thursday, so they should come into this one well-rested.

The pitching matchup Friday features Lewis Thorpe making his season debut for the Twins against the Angels’ Andrew Heaney (1-1, 7.00 ERA).

Los Angeles is -165 to win this one. The Twins’ moneyline sits at +150, and the run line has them at +1.5. The over/under is set at nine.

By The Numbers

Both of these teams have hit the ball well to start the season. The Angels rank sixth in batting average, hitting .259. The Twins rank ninth, hitting for a .247 average.

In terms of staff earned run average, it is the Twins who hold the edge. They rank ninth with a 3.32 staff ERA. The Angels rank 22nd at 4.88.

Minnesota Looks To Reverse Fortune

While early in the season still, the AL Central seems upside down. The Royals, who have the second-worst odds to win the division at +2000, are currently leading. The Twins, who are the favorites at -110 to win the division, are currently tied for last place.

After at least stealing the last game of the series Thursday against the Red Sox, the Twins hope to get off to a much better start in this one.

Thorpe will be taking the mound for Minnesota. He has not pitched in the majors this season, but in his career, the 25-year-old Australian is 3-3 with a 6.14 ERA.

Offensively, Byron Buxton has been one of the hottest hitters in MLB over the last week. In 13 at-bats in the last seven days, he is hitting .538/.600/.923 with a home run and four runs batted in. He will look to keep rolling Friday.

Angels Hope Good Heaney Is Here To Stay

Heaney has made two starts this season. In his first one, a 12-8 loss to the White Sox, he was atrocious. He went three innings, allowing seven earned runs.

In his last outing, he threw six innings of scoreless baseball with nine strikeouts. The Angels hope that is the Heaney that shows up Friday night.

One thing that the Angels have been doing is mashing the baseball. Shohei Ohtani, Mike Trout and Jared Walsh have a combined 11 home runs and 30 runs batted in. If they continue to get that production from those three, the rest of the AL West could be in trouble.

That group also doesn’t even count the likes of Anthony Rendon (currently on the injured list), David Fletcher, Albert Pujols and others.

Angels On The Moneyline

There is certainly a chance that the Twins’ win on Thursday may help propel them into a winning streak. The biggest problem is just trusting a guy with a career ERA over six in Thorpe.

While Heaney has already shown his inconsistencies this season, the best bet still seems to be taking the Angels at home. Take the Angels -165 to win.

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