Red Sox vs Twins MLB 2010 Odds – April 15, 2010: After evening out their series at one game apiece, the (4-4) Boston Red Sox [EVEN] and the sports betting odds favorite (6-3) Minnesota Twins [-120 ML] are ready to play the rubber match with a very interesting pitching matchup. On the hill today will be Boston’s knuckle-baller RHP Tim Wakefield (0-0. 2.57 ERA) taking on the Twins’ LHP Francisco Liriano (0-0, 4.50 ERA).
As a result of this pitching matchup, MLB 2010 Odds makers at SPORTSBETTING.com have set their Red Sox vs Twins OVER/UNDER mark at a combined total of 9 runs scored. First pitch for this interesting showdown is scheduled for 1:10 PM ET (12 PM CT) live shiny new Target Field in Minneapolis, MN, and broadcasted on NESN and/or FS-N.
Boston was able to win the middle game of the series, 6-3, behind a stellar pitching performance from veteran John Lackey (6.2, 6 H, 2 ER, 1.42 ERA). Trying to keep the momentum going, Wakefield will be trying to improve on his 9-4, 4.10 ERA record against the Twins and looking for career-win No.190.
"He was great," Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez said after Wakefield's first start. "He threw seven innings, right? I mean, you can't ask for anything better than that. He was on right from the first pitch and gave us a pretty good chance to win the ballgame."
For the Twins, their starter Liriano came into this Spring Training as a huge question mark in the rotation. In his first start of the season, Liriano surrendered just three runs during his six innings of work, but did walk five batters. Liriano will need to straighten up his command against a veteran squad that’s certain to work the count and doesn’t swing at bad pitches.
"I was trying to overthrow and make a perfect pitch," Liriano said of his outing, particularly of the sixth inning, when he gave up a double, two walks and a wild pitch. "I was rushing myself too much and missed my location in the sixth inning."