The Los Angeles Angels continue their three-game series in Minnesota on Saturday against the Twins. The Angels have been eliminated from playoff competition and are now just playing out the string before an expected busy offseason. The Twins are not officially eliminated but they are out of the AL Central hunt for all intents and purposes down 11 games with just 12 to play. The pitching matchup for Saturday will be lefty Reid Detmers (6-5, 3.71) of the Angels taking on righty Joe Ryan (12-8, 3.61) of the Twins. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10pm EST.
Final StretchAnother lost season for the 'other' team billed from Los Angeles is nearly complete as the Angels continue a weekend series in Minnesota. The Angels will undoubtedly have a busy offseason as they try to get over the hump and get back to the playoffs in the hopes of winning their first World Series since 2002. On Friday night against the Twins, Shohei Ohtani struggled with his control but got through five innings while walking a season-high six batters and striking seven. Taylor Ward hit two home runs as the Angels picked up the win over the struggling Twins.
The Angels' final 12 games will mostly be about adding to numbers for the majority of the lineup and pitching staff. The superstar duo of Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani have both performed up to their lofty standards this season and it will be interesting to see if this is indeed the final 12 games the duo will play together. On the mound on Saturday will be Reid Detmers. Detmers is 2-2 in his last five games with a 4.68 ERA.
All but OverThe Minnesota Twins appeared to be on their way to an AL Central Division title before injuries and the red-hot Guardians derailed their season. The Twins now have to play out the string while they wait to see what potential free-agent shortstop Carlos Correa does in the offseason and consider what to do with talented, but oft-injured outfielder Byron Buxton. On Friday night against the Angels' ace Shohei Ohtani, the Twins could not take advantage of six walks over the first five innings and fell to the Angels for their fifth-straight loss.
The Twins were pounded by injuries down the stretch with the loss of trade acquisition, starter Tyler Mahle, all-star Byron Buxton and then another starter in Sonny Gray. The Twins were unable to keep pace with the Guardians or White Sox as the injury bug kept biting. On the mound on Saturday night will be righty Joe Ryan. Ryan leads the team in wins this season and is 3-2 in his last five games with a 2.73 ERA. Ryan has yet to face the Angels this season.
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Full-Game Side Bet
The Twins would surely like to finish the season strong despite the rash of injuries and being out of contention in the AL Central. They are 25-20 against lefties this season and 45-30 against teams under .500 this season. Ryan likely has two starts left this year and is looking to finish with a career-high in wins. The Angels are just 44-61 against righties on the campaign and 34-41 on the road. Look for the Twins to pull out a win for the home crowd as the season comes to a close and they try and close the gap on their under .500 record.
Take the Twins with the money line.
Full-Game Total Pick
Ryan is pitching very well down the stretch with an ERA just over 2.00 per game. The Twins are 2-7-1 to the over in their last ten games as well. The depleted Twins lineup is hitting just .220 over the last ten games and have averaged just over three runs in that span. Even with Ohtani and Trout, the Angels are just 26th in baseball in runs per game. This game will be low scoring and in the Twins favor.
Take the under, 7 runs.