For the middle contest of a three-game set, the Boston Red Sox are on the road in Minnesota, set to take on the Twins at Target Field Tuesday night. These teams split a four-game series early in the season.
Let’s size up this game and then look at some Red Sox vs. Twins odds. The hosts emerged victorious in the first matchup of this bill, coming away with a 4-2 win.
MLB Performance Recap
Luis Arraez and Nick Gordon both notched a pair of hits for the Twins, while Gio Urshela had three crucial RBIs.
Minnesota Twins (66-61) has won four straight games — including a home sweep against San Francisco. This after losing six consecutive games.
The Twins are battling with Cleveland for bragging rights in the American League Central. Cleveland Guardians currently lead in the grouping by two games, but Minnesota has the fourth-most home wins in the AL (38).
The Red Sox (62-66) are the only crew in the AL East with a record under .500. Boston sits in last place in the division, 16 games behind the arch-rival New York Yankees.
Playoff hopes in Beantown essentially depend upon whether the team can catch up in the Wild Card standings. It’s eight games out of a spot at the moment.
Shortstop Xander Bogaerts and third baseman Rafael Devers have been the engines for the BoSox offense. The former paces the team’s lineup with a .305 batting average and a .373 on-base percentage.
Devers has belted 25 home runs and has 65 runs driven in on the season.
Minnesota Twins vs. Boston Red Sox Odds
Red Sox vs. Twins odds for today lean toward the home squad. Minnesota is -1.5 on the run line at +146, while the Red Sox are -178 to cover the spread.
On the moneyline, the Twins are -134 and Boston a +116 underdog. The total has been set at 8.5 runs, with the over being -122 and the under +100 at the time of this writing.
Arraez Owns the Fourth-best Batting Average
MLB team stats show Arraez has the fourth-best batting average in the bigs going into this one (.320) and has a .387 on-base percentage, as well.
Center fielder Byron Buxton has 28 homers to his name, while second baseman Jorge Polanco has a team-leading 56 RBIs.
Over the past week, shortstop Carlos Correa has been hot for the Twins, hitting .346 in 26 at-bats. At home, six Minnesota players have at least six dingers in 2022. The MLB odds today look strong as Correa carries on his hot streak.
Minnesota Twins vs. Boston Red Sox Betting Preview
Chris Archer Analysis
Righty Chris Archer will make the start on the mound for the home team. To this point in the season, the former Tampa Bay ace owns a 2-7 record and a 4.34 ERA in 22 starts.
It just hasn’t been a fun go of it for him recently, being that the Twins haven’t won a game where he’s been on the hill since June. Eight times in a row, Minnesota has been defeated when he throws.
In none of those efforts did Archer go more than five innings. In fact, he has yet to go longer than that at all this go-round.
His team is in a tight divisional race. He surely won’t want to let it down once again here.
Kutter Crawford Analysis
Looking to down him will be someone who hasn’t had all that great of a year himself. Boston’s Kutter Crawford is 3-5 with a 5.30 ERA.
He’s fallen short in each of his last four outings, including losses to Toronto and Baltimore recently where he gave up at least 10 hits in both. Before those two appearances, he hasn’t allowed more than seven knocks at once.
With both guys looking to rebound and help their teams, something has to give.
Minnesota Twins vs. Boston Red Sox Picks and Predictions
We’ve seen the Red Sox vs. Twins odds, now let’s make our MLB picks today. With a fairly even pitching matchup, the Twins have the advantage.
They’ve been the hotter squad lately and should continue that run here. If you plan on betting on MLB games today, go with Minnesota to cover in this one.
MLB Pick: Twins -1.5 (+155)