Twins vs. Dodgers: Will a Rookie Lead Los Angeles to Its Tenth Straight Win?

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Starting pitcher Ryan Pepiot #47 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws against the Colorado Rockies. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP.

Having already established a new season-high with nine straight wins, the Los Angeles Dodgers look to take it double-digits on Wednesday’s baseball betting card when they close out a short interleague set with the Minnesota Twins.

If there was any doubt as to why the Los Angeles Dodgers top the MLB futures odds, their current nine-game win streak while outscoring the opposition 62-20 should help explain things, and there’s no sign of them slowing down after trouncing the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday.

Minnesota Twins vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Wednesday, August 10, 2022 – 10:10 PM EDT at Dodger Stadium

Who Are Today's Starting Pitchers?

That 9-game win streak Los Angeles has going right now matches its 9-game win in progress against the Twins, a stretch of games that dates to the 2014 campaign.

The clubs conclude their short series Wednesday when Minnesota sends Sonny Gray (6-3, 3.19) to the mound against Dodgers rookie Ryan Pepiot (1-0, 2.76).

Series Notes

Tuesday’s series opener saw the Dodgers score in each of the first 4 innings to give Julio Urias all of the support he needed in a 10-3 final, the fifth-straight winning start for the LA lefty and coming as pronounced -250 chalk at top-rated sportsbooks.

Rivalry Trends

  • After an easy ‘Over’ winner in the opener, three of the last four meetings in LA have gone past the totals with the fourth pushing an 8-run mark.
  • Los Angeles maintained its 6-game bulge atop the NL West with the win, and the Dodgers now have a 6-game advantage over the Yankees and Astros for the best record in the majors.
  • Tuesday’s setback dropped Minnesota into a tie for first in the AL Central with Cleveland, both teams presently 57-52.

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not?

Minnesota Twins

Luis Arraez took Tuesday off after collecting 3 hits in each of his previous two games, three of those six safeties of the two-bag variety.

Max Kepler’s struggles continued for the Twins by going hitless in four at bats to leave him 0-13 since coming off the injured list.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Trea Turner had a couple of hits and drove in 3 runs Tuesday, extending his streak to 5-straight and giving the LA shortstop a hit in 25 of his last 26 games.

All while his double-play partner at second, Gavin Lux, has seen his average drop following a 7-33 (.212) stretch.

Pitchers Analysis

Sonny Gray

Though control was a bit of an issue with 5 walks, Gray was otherwise solid last Thursday when he faced the Blue Jays at home and went 5 scoreless, 1-hit innings in a no-decision that ended up being a rather lopsided 9-3 Toronto win as -125 chalk at Heritage.

The Nashville native had previously won two consecutive starts, both of them taking place on the road at Detroit and San Diego while combining to work 11 innings and allow just 2 runs with 12 strikeouts in the two victories. Gray is 4-2 with a 2.80 ERA in seven road assignments.

Gray missed the Dodgers when they came to Target Field back in April and lost both of his starts against them a season ago when he was with the Reds, leaving him seeking his first win over Los Angeles since tossing a 3-hit shutout at Chavez Ravine in a 2015 interleague contest while he was with the Oakland Athletics.

Ryan Pepiot

Clayton Kershaw’s latest injury forced Los Angeles to dip down in the minors to bring up Pepiot for this outing, and if he runs into any trouble early, Dodgers skipper Dave Roberts could call on Andre Jackson to provide multiple innings of relief.

Pepiot picked up his first major league win a little more than a month ago in a spot start against the Rockies, tossing five 1-run innings and striking out 6.

The former 3rd-round pick out of Butler has compiled an impressive résumé at Triple-A Oklahoma City with a 2.27 ERA and 93 strikeouts over 75.1 innings.

Who Is the Umpire Today?

Nestor Ceja lines up as the umpire who will be calling balls and strikes in the final game on Wednesday’s card.

The third-year arbiter has made a friend with ‘Under’ bettors by producing an 8-14-1 O/U/P record in his 2022 plate assignments.

Twins vs. Dodgers: MLB Best Bet for Today

Thanks to the Dodgers announcing Pepiot late as their probable pitcher for Wednesday’s matchup, the contest failed to make the overnight boards and LA should be favorite with a total around 8½-9 once the numbers come out.

There’s just no reason to jump off the LA train at this time, making it a relatively easy MLB pick to make.

MLB Pick: Dodgers ML (-143) at Heritage Sports (visit our Heritage Sports Review)

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