Arizona Diamondbacks (67-54 SU, 54-60-7 O/U) v. Minnesota Twins (59-59 SU, 52-57-9 O/U) at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Friday, August 18th, 2017 at 8:10 p.m. EST
Starting Pitchers: Zack Godley (R) 5-5, 2.95 ERA, 1.04 WHIP (ARI) v. Ervin Santana (R) 12-7, 3.28 ERA, 1.13 WHIP (MIN)
Money Line: Arizona Diamondbacks -118 | Minnesota Twins +108
The Minnesota Twins are hosting the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night in the Twin Cities. The D’backs have been enjoying a very nice season thus far. They’re trailing the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West, but they’re still in position to make the playoffs. The Diamondbacks have a 4.5 game lead in the National League Wild Card race. The Twins, on the other hand, are playing catch up. They’re 1.5 games back in the AL Wild Card race. Will the Twins find a way to inch closer to a playoff spot with a win on Friday night?
D’backs blank the Astros
The Arizona Diamondbacks picked up an impressive 4-0 victory over the Astros in Houston on Thursday. Arizona’s lineup was terrific in the win. They finished the game with 10 hits. The Diamondbacks have been one of the highest scoring teams in the majors this season. They’ve already scored 590 runs, which is the seventh most in Major League Baseball.
Zack Godley gets the nod for the D’backs in this matchup with the Twins. Godley has had a nice season thus far, but he lost his most recent start against the Chicago Cubs. The young right-hander 4 hits, 4 walks, and 2 runs in 5 2/3 innings of action. It was his first loss in nearly a month. Godley will look to get back to winning as he takes the hill on Friday in Minneapolis.
Twins toppled by the Tribe
The Minnesota Twins fell short on Wednesday, losing 9-3 to the Cleveland Indians. The Twins had 10 hits in the loss, but they couldn’t put enough runs on the board. Minnesota’s lineup has been pretty average this season. They have one of the worst slugging percentages in either league. The Twins have a .409 slugging percentage, which is the seventh-worst in the majors.
Ervin Santana will start Friday’s game on the mound. Santana has had a terrific season in 2017. The veteran right-hander had a decent outing in his most recent start against the Tigers in Detroit. Santana gave up 7 hits, but he only allowed 2 earned runs in the no-decision. He hasn’t suffered a loss in the past three weeks. Santana will try to pick up his thirteenth win of the season as he takes on the D’backs in this one.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are:
- 2-5 in their last 7 games vs. a right-handed starter.
- 3-8 in their last 11 interleague road games.
The Minnesota Twins are:
- 5-0 in their last 5 interleague games.
- 4-0 in their last 4 interleague games vs. a right-handed starter.
- 12-5 in their last 17 Friday games.
- 7-3 in their last 10 overall.
Both of these teams are on the playoff bubble, but the Arizona Diamondbacks have struggled recently. The D’backs are just 4-8 in their last 12 games, and they struggled a bit on the road. Zack Godley’s performance has dropped off since the second half. The Diamondbacks are just 1-5 in their last six visits to Target Field. I like the Minnesota Twins to win this one as home underdogs.