Minnesota (72-55) at Texas (72-54), 8:05 p.m. EDT Sports.com Line: Texas -152, Minnesota +142 Total: 7.5
The Rangers and Twins wrap up their four-game set in Texas tonight with a superb battle of southpaws. Francisco Liriano (11-7, 3.45 ERA) gets the call for the Twins, who hope to avoid a sweep. Cliff Lee (10-7, 3.09 ERA) will be on the mound for the Rangers. Vegas Odds
Liriano has won his last five decisions but has run into some trouble recently, earning a no-decision in his last start against the White Sox where he gave up five runs on six hits in five innings of work. He was hammered the last time he faced Texas (8/17/09), lasting just two innings while giving up seven runs on seven hits. Betting Lines
Lee has also struggled lately and was tagged for four home runs and eight earned runs his last outing against the Orioles. Lee has given up at least four runs in each of his last three starts and the Rangers are 0-3 in those games. The one silver lining for Lee is that he has good career numbers against the Twins, an 8-3 record with an ERA of 3.40 in 18 starts.
The Twins may be catching Lee at the right time. This FoxSheets trend favors Minnesota:
Play Against – All favorites with a money line of -150 or more (TEXAS) – averaging 2.75 or less extra base hits per game on the season, after a win by 2 runs or less. (165-186 over the last 5 seasons.) (47%, +86.1 units. Rating = 3*). Football Odds