• Boston Red Sox vs. Minnesota Twins
• Thursday, April 20 at 1:35 PM ET
• Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts
Things have not gone according to plan for the Boston Red Sox this season. As of this writing, shockingly, they find themselves in last place in the AL East standings. However, they have a great chance to get back on track in a series with the Minnesota Twins this week. Come Thursday, the Red Sox are favored to beat the Twins with Tanner Houck pitching. Will Boston be able to come away with a victory in this one?
It’s not going to be easy for them, as the Twins are going to be focused on posting a strong win as well. With the Red Sox, though, they will have the confidence knowing Houck will be taking the bump. Thus far this season, the hard-throwing righty is 2-0 on the year, with 15 strikeouts to his name. Houck does have a 4.50 ERA, which is a bit of a concern. Minnesota’s lineup has a ton of power.
|Red Sox vs. Twins odds|
|Red Sox to win||-115||-115||-115||-115|
|Twins to win||+125||+125||+125||+125|
|Over to hit||-110||-110||-110||-110|
|Under to hit||-110||-110||-110||-110|
The best hitter for the Twins is no question Carlos Correa. The slugger is known for making big plays, which was on full display in the Bronx last weekend. On Friday night, Correa hit a home run vs. the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Not only that, but he also hit the game-winning two-run double to break hearts all over the Big Apple. Now, Correa will be ready for more of the same at Fenway Park.
According to the best-rated sportsbooks, which includes the reliable Bovada review, the Red Sox hold -115 MLB betting odds to grab the victory on Thursday. With the Twins, they’ve been set at +125. The crowd will be packed at Fenway Park for this matchup, which will surely help out Boston. The Red Sox will hope to make a statement in this one and we think they’ll be able to do just that. We’re going with the Red Sox as our pick here.
Tanner Houck, Filthy 84mph Slider. 😷 pic.twitter.com/hM1a3IVF1e
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) April 15, 2023
The over should hit in the Red Sox vs. Twins matchup
When taking into account the two offenses for the clubs, the over should hit in the Red Sox vs. Twins matchup. While Houck is a strong pitcher, his 4.50 ERA is definitely something to keep an eye on. He’s had some issues with his command to start the campaign, but his ability to record strikeouts is also something that has turned a lot of heads. The Twins will hope to rattle him a bit, which could happen.
Minnesota’s lineup is highlighted by Correa, but second baseman Donovan Solano is also off to a great start this year. He’s hitting .340 in 14 games played thus far. Houck is going to have a tall task trying to contain the Twins as a whole. While we think that Boston will end up recording a victory, we also think that the Twins will score plenty of runs. You never know, Correa could end up going yard again as well. He’s been silencing his haters all year.
— MLB (@MLB) April 15, 2023
“It didn’t motivate me at all,” Correa told the New York Post when asked about people doubting him. “I’m happy where I’m at right now. We have a great team, a great front office. My contract is shorter so I can retire younger and spend time with my kids. Everything worked out great for me and my family.”
Per the oddsmakers, the over/under for this matchup has been set at 6.5 runs. From our chair, we think that the two teams will have no issues in reaching that number. Boston hitters Justin Turner, Rafael Devers, Alex Verdugo and more will be ready to light up the field when they grab their bats. We think that will end up happening, as we are indeed going with the over as our selection for this contest.
Red Sox AL East odds have dwindled
With the slow start to the season for Boston, it’s no surprise that the Red Sox AL East odds have dwindled. Right now, the Rays and New York Yankees are the top contenders to win the division. Boston entered the season hoping to potentially grab the AL East title, but it feels like a long shot they’ll be able to do that. Not only that, but the Red Sox have also seen their World Series betting odds drop.
This is disappointing for the fanbase, as no one expected them to be so inconsistent to start the new campaign. With Boston being listed at +850 to win the AL East this year, that really tells you that MLB analysts don’t think they’ll be able to catch fire later this season. There’s been plenty of changes for Boston in recent years.
Ever since Mookie Betts left Boston for the Los Angeles Dodgers, it has felt like something has changed for the worse for this team. It doesn’t help that J.D. Martinez is also now playing for the Dodgers too. Boston needs to pick up its play both on offense and with its pitching. Otherwise, they could miss out on the playoffs once again this fall.