The Minnesota Twins have been playing some good baseball, but failed to complete the sweep against the Oakland Athletics yesterday. The A’s offense got rolling, hammering Kyle Gibson and taking home a 9-5 win over the Twins.
Oakland needed the win to stop the bleeding, and in the process, they halted a nice little run the Twins had going. Minnesota were on a four-game winning streak, and 6-1 in their last seven before the A’s brought them down to earth for a day. They’ll turn around and welcome the Red Sox to Minnesota for a weekend date.
The Red Sox took two of three off the Orioles, but dropped the series finale, 8-3, yesterday. It’s been a little of this and a little of that for the Red Sox thus far this season. They are 15-13 and we’re still trying to ascertain which way they’re going.
One thing is for certain, they have lost a bit of their identity without David Ortiz. Dustin Pedroia is the last long-time veteran, dating back to a decade ago, that’s still hanging around in Boston. The cupboard is nearly empty in that regard, as a result, ushering in the new era of Red Sox baseball.
The Red Sox will give Eduardo Rodriguez the nod on the hump this evening. Rodriguez has been impressive, and if it weren’t for the slow starting Red Sox offense, the pitching would be looking better right about now. Rodriguez holds a solid ERA, but only has one win to show for it. Phil Hughes will counter for the Twins, who is just about at the point in his career where he might be put out to pasture. Get our free Red Sox vs. Twins pick below.
Boston Red Sox vs. Minnesota Twins Pick
Eduardo Rodriguez (1-1, 2.70 ERA) vs. Phil Hughes (4-1, 5.06 ERA)
Rodriguez will hope to keep his quality play continuing throughout the regular season. It’s a little premature to say what he’s doing is for real, but he’s come out of the gates playing well. With David Price injured to start the year, it certainly helps that Rodriguez has come to play in 2017. He posted an ERA of 4.71 a year ago, but has started strong with a 2.70 ERA this season. It’s only his third season in the majors, so there is room for him to grow and have a coming out party.
He allowed just 3 runs across his last three starts, including an ERA of 1.56 in his last three outings. For his counterpart, like I said, Phil Hughes is running on borrowed time. I don’t see him lasting much longer in this capacity as a starter. But thankfully for him, there are teams with some real bad rotations out there, one of them being the Twins.
Hughes boasts a 5.06 and 1.42 WHIP, with a 6.00 ERA and 1.67 WHIP in his last three outings. In three of his five starts, he’s yielded 4 runs in each. He surrendered 10 hits in just 5.1 innings against the Royals in his last start. The Red Sox are the favorites, rightfully so, but I expected them to be larger favorites. Rodriguez is getting a bit of disrespect, while Hughes deserves some criticism. Boston should be able to open the weekend up with a win over the Twins on Friday night.
PICK: RED SOX (-140)