Two first place teams start an early week series out west.
The Minnesota Twins are in Los Angeles to face the Dodgers on Monday. LA will start Noah Syndergaard, who has struggled to begin his LA tenure. However, he will face a Twins team that has struggled to hit this season despite the team's strong start in the AL Central.
The Twins counter with Pablo Lopez, who hasn't missed a beat in his first season with the club after an offseason trade from the Marlins.
How should we bet this one? Let's take a look at the odds:
Twins vs. Dodgers odds, run line and total
Twins vs. Dodgers prediction and pick
Both teams haven't been great at the plate. The Dodgers are 26th in batting average while the Twins are 28th, but Los Angeles at least makes up for it with the highest walk rate in Major League Baseball.
It's going to be an uphill battle for the Dodgers, though, as Lopez does a great job of limiting walks and is striking out more than 11 batters per nine innings. He is walking less than three batters per nine innings and I'm struggling to see a high scoring effort from the Dodgers lineup.
Now, can Syndergaard find his form? He left his last start after an inning due to a blister, and has been prone to blowup outings.
He has allowed six and seven earned runs in two separate starts this season, but he will face a poor Twins lineup that struggles to string together hits.
Those two starts are anchoring Syndergaard's numbers. He has a 6.12 ERA which looks brutal, but he has a Fielding Independept Pitching (FIP) of 4.75, which means that he has had some poor luck once the ball is in play.
He isn't striking out many batters anymore, less than six per nine innings, but he also is walking less than two. Syndergaard isn't the pitcher he once was, but he is in an advantageous position against the Twins.
My favorite look in this one is the under with both pitchers in line for a strong outing.
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