It didn’t take long for the Minnesota Twins to find another win after having their five-game winning streak snapped. After dropping the series finale against the Mariners, 7-4, to just miss out on a sweep, the Twins went to Anaheim for a 3-1 win against the Angels. They are 11-4 in their previous 15 games and doing a pretty nice job jumping all over the Indians while they’re down. The Twins have built up a 5.5-game lead in the AL Central with a record of 31-16.
Cleveland trails with a record of 25-21. This is far from over, not even close, so the Twins just have to stay focused and keeping playing solid baseball. Their lead could evaporate in the blink of an eye. Corey Kluber breaking his arm certainly helps their cause. You never want to see an injury, but that one aide the Twins in their quest to topple their rivals in the division. The Twins had such a disappointing 2018 after missing out on the postseason completely that this start is refreshing for their fan base.
Expectations were high a season ago and they flopped. After that year, they were kind of forgotten about. However, the Twins quietly got better in the offseason with some new additions. Their lineup already had some talent in it, they just failed to get it going in 2018. Thus far it’s been a totally different story this season. The offense has ranked as one of the best in the major leagues after a real struggle.
We’ll see where things go from here, though. The Angels had a pretty nice showing on the mound Monday, but it was Jake Odorizzi who won the duel in Anaheim. The Twins allowed just 1 run and got a deep ball from Miguel Sano to bring in 2 runs. Clutch hitting has been happening frequently for the Twins this season and they’ve been getting it from multiple people. Michael Pineda is expected to get the nod in this one for Minnesota, while Trevor Cahill throws the first pitch for the Angels. Head below for our free Twins vs. Angels pick.
Minnesota Twins vs. L.A. Angels Pick:
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It’s only May 21st and I think everyone can tell you where the Angels’ season is heading this season. They’re a 22-25 team after losing last night. Three games under .500 sounds just about right for this club. The Angels might provide some false hope for a minute during the summer, but it’s likely to add up to a whole lot of nothing by the end of September. It’s disappointing for a team that has Mike Trout on their roster. Pitching has notably been the thorn in their side that has been holding them back, but a spotty offense doesn’t help either.
Trevor Cahill hasn’t been helping make the Angels a better pitching unit. He was great for the Athletics a season ago, as he posted an ERA of 3.76. That’s all they could have really expected from him. This season has hit a snag for Cahill, though. The ten-year veteran has been on wobbly ground with an ERA of 6.95 going into this contest. He has allowed 4 or more runs in five of his last six starts. He’s gotten shellacked for a 9.22 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in his previous three tilts, with his most recent an ugly outing against this Twins squad.
Cahill got taken for 6 runs in 4.1 innings. He ended up allowing 6 hits and delivered 2 walks as well. It’s been the norm for him since around the middle of April. Other than a nice showing against the awful Orioles, he’s been having difficulties figuring it out of late. At least his offense should be able to show up tonight. They haven’t been too hot lately, but Pineda presents a nice opportunity. Pineda owns a 5.55 ERA and the Angels are hitting .333 against him in his career. The Angels should be able to at least put 4 runs up on the board here. It may not be enough against the 2nd best offense in the majors, but it likely helps us get OVER the total in this contest.