The Boston Red Sox (38-35) and Minnesota Twins (36-37) meet Tuesday for the 2nd contest of a 4-game serie. First pitch at Target Field is slated for 7:40 p.m. ET. Let’s analyze FanDuel Sportsbook’s lines around the Red Sox at Twins odds and make our expert MLB picks and predictions for the best bets.
Season series: Red Sox lead 3-1
Boston won Monday’s series opener 9-3, and the triumph marked the 5th in a row for the Crimson Hose. Over those 5 games, the Red Sox have outscored foes 40-14.
The Twins have lost 4 of their last 5 outings. Minnesota is just 5-10 with a .642 OPS with a 30.6% strikeout rate since June 3.
Red Sox at Twins projected starters
RHP Kutter Crawford vs. RHP Bailey Ober
Crawford (1-3, 4.20 ERA) is tabbed for his 6th start and 14th appearance. He has registered a 1.13 WHIP, 2.0 BB/9 and 9.1 K/9 through 40 2/3 IP.
- Owns a 6.75 ERA and 1.78 WHIP over his last 10 2/3 IP across 4 starts
- Has registered a 5.32 ERA in 35 career games (18 starts)
Ober (4-3, 2.65 ERA) makes his 11th start. He has a 0.99 WHIP, 2.2 BB/9 and 8.4 K/9 through 57 2/3 IP.
- Has benefited from a .250 batting average on balls in play, 80.6% left-on-base mark and 7.6% home runs/fly balls
- Facing a Boston offense that owns a mere .630 OPS over its last 18 road games
Red Sox at Twins odds
Provided by FanDuel Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 10:10 a.m. ET.
- Moneyline: Red Sox +120 (bet $100 to win $120) | Twins -142 (bet $142 to win $100)
- Run line (RL)/Against the spread (ATS): Red Sox +1.5 (-162) | Twins -1.5 (+134)
- Over/Under (O/U): 8.5 (O: -115 | U: -105)
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Red Sox at Twins picks and predictions
Red Sox 5, Twins 4
Boston has played a much tougher schedule than Minnesota and is 10-4 in their last 14 games vs. AL Central opponents.
Crawford catches a scuffling Twins lineup. Ober is a fade candidate as he’s been quite fortunate around the margins.
BACK BOSTON (+120).
Run line/Against the spread
Tuesday morning line moves made the Boston moneyline more attractive without much follow here. This price seems too high on the Red Sox side, especially considering the better availability of backend bullpen arms.
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The runs-vs.-runs expected for all sectors — starters, bullpens, offenses — lays out pretty close to this figure. With no leverage, this is a PASS.
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