Minnesota Twins at Boston Red Sox – 6/29/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
The final matchup in this week’s extended four-game series between the Minnesota Twins and the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park is set for this Thursday night at 7 p.m. and it will be available nationally on ESPN.
Minnesota at Boston Game Preview
A lack of run support to go along with some spotty pitching has already dug the Twins in a 0-2 hole in this series after losing the first two games by a combined score of 13-3. This followed a three-game sweep of Cleveland on the road this past weekend as part of a 5-1 record in their previous six games. Minnesota (39-36) currently trails the Indians in the AL Central Division race by half a game and its record on the road stands at 23-11.
The Twins will try and end this series on a winning note with Kyle Gibson as their starter. The right-hander held Cleveland to one earned run on a home run in 4 2/3 innings pitched last Saturday after allowing a combined nine earned runs in two prior starts. Overall, he is 4-5 this season through 13 starts and his ERA stands at 6.23 with a 1.83 WHIP.
Tuesday’s 9-2 victory as a -198 home favorite with BetAnySports boosted Boston’s lead over New York in the AL East to two games. The Red Sox are 43-34 heading into Wednesday’s Game 3 and their record at Fenway is now 24-13. The total went OVER the closing 10-run line on Tuesday night and it has gone OVER in four of Boston’s last seven contests.
David Price is set to get the start in Thursday’s series finale. The left-hander has been hit or miss over his last four starts due to a minor finger injury on his throwing hand. He has allowed a combined 14 earned runs in 22 innings pitched to lift his ERA on the season to 4.76 with a 1.35 WHIP. Through six starts this year, his record is an even 2-2. Boston could help matters along in this game with some continued run support after averaging 5.6 runs over its last seven games.
Minnesota at Boston Free Game Prediction
I would stick with the home team in this matchup regardless of the outcome of Wednesday’s game. Boston looks very comfortable playing at Fenway lately and it would be extremely hard for Minnesota to walk away with a series split if it was able to find a way to win Game 3.