Minnesota Twins versus San Diego Padres 12th September 2017
Minnesota Twins versus San Diego Padres series starting 12th September @ Padres fantasy preview.
In this two-game inter-league match up, the Twins are in second place in the American League Central and the Padres are fourth in the National League West.
The Twins are in position to make a run at the playoffs, while the Padres look to play spoiler coming down the stretch.
- Tuesday’s game has Kyle Gibson on the mound for the Padres versus Travis Wood for the Padres. Gibson is 9-10 with a 5.19 ERA and has allowed 163 hits in 135 1/3 innings. Wood has a 6.00 ERA in 36 games, 11 as a starter. He’s allowed 101 hits in 81 innings.
- The second game on Wednesday features Ervan Santana for the Twins against Dinelson Lamet for the Padres. Santana is having one of this best seasons with a record of 15-7 with a 3.45 ERA and is 4-0 over the last four decisions. Lamet is a strikeout pitcher, punching out 123 in 98 innings. However, he is 0-3 over the last four and is 7-7 with a 4.32 ERA for the season.
The Twins hold a clear advantage at the plate. Joe Mauer leads the team with a .306 batting average. The power comes from three main sources. Brian Dozier leads the team with 29 home runs, while Miguel Sano has hit 28 and Eddie Rosario has added 21 with a .287 batting average.
San Diego has been poor offensively all season, hitting just .234 as a team. One of their only big threats is Wil Myers, coming in with 25 home runs and 18 stolen bases. Hunter Renfroe is also worth watching, as he’s gone deep 20 times.
Cut to the Chase Prediction:
The Padres are at home, which can give them some advantage. However, the Twins are clearly the better team and should win both games so that’s my betting prediction. A split will be a major victory for the Padres.
NB: that all statistics are for games played through Friday, September 8.