Minnesota at LA Angels MLB Betting Preview & Expert Pick

Posted by Aaron . on May 31, 2017 in

The Minnesota Twins (26-22) open a four-game weekend set in Los Angeles against the Angels (27-28) on Thursday night. The Twins have stumbled a bit this week, dropping four of their last five, including the first two games of their series against the Astros by a combined 23-10. The Angels have dropped five of their last seven but did win on Tuesday night, 9-3, over the Atlanta Braves.

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Minnesota at LA Angels MLB Betting Preview & Expert Pick

When: Thursday, June 1, 2017, 10:07pm ET
Where: Angel Stadium, Anaheim, CA
Radio:Minnesota / Los Angeles
Live Stream: MLB.tv
Pitching Matchup: Adalberto Meija (1-1, 4.64 ERA) (MIN) vs J.C. Ramirez (5-3, 3.38 ERA) (LA)

Why should you bet on the Twins?

Adalberto Meija has pitched well in his last two outings, throwing 12 combined innings and permitting five earned runs on 11 hits. He has struck out nine batters and walked just four. Eddie Rosario and Byron Buxton had the team’s two RBI on Tuesday night, but Rosario’s came via a bases-loaded walk and Buxton’s came on an infield single, so the Twins need to find some more punch in their bats with Ramirez on the mound, if they want to reverse the last week’s losing trend.

Why should you put your money on the Angels?

In six of his last seven starts, J.C. Ramirez has not permitted more than two runs, and over those seven games he has gone 3-1 and posted a 2.35 ERA. Albert Pujols continues a very quiet pursuit of his 600th home run, as he hit #599 in Tuesday’s win over the Braves. It’s a quiet pursuit because of the Angels’ lowly position in the standings (and perhaps because of the thumb injury to Mike Trout), but if Meija leaves some fat pitches out over the plate, the Angels have the bats to make him pay.

Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

The Twins have been a pleasant surprise so far this year, but they seem to be settling back to earth. I like the Angels to get to Meija and ride Ramirez’s arm to a 5-2 win.