Gambling sports handicappers are impressed with the Minnesota Twins and their prospects with the sports book gambling board as they acquired Matt Capps from Washington.
Capps will serve as the Twins closer in place of Jon Rauch. While both pitchers have over 20 saves Capps is the better strikeout man and an All Star. John Nathan was the Minnesota closer last year when they won the American League Central but had to miss the 2010 season due to Tommy John surgery.
Capps was thrilled to be in Minnesota and wasted no time proving his worth as he saved a game on the day that he arrived in Minnesota.
Capps entered Minnesota with a record of 3-3 with a 2.74 earned run average and 26 saves in 30 chances with the last place Nationals.
Rauch was having an adequate season as the Twins closer as he had 21 saves in 25 chances but was not as effective recently as he had a 5.40 earned run average in July. He will go back to his original role of setup man.
“Jon Rauch stepped up and has been phenomenal for us,” said general manager Bill Smith. “This gives us three quality, veteran guys late in the game. I can’t say enough great things about what Jon Rauch has contributed to this club and we expect him to continue to be a huge contributor to our success.”
The trade makes the Twins a far more appealing commodity with the baseball wagering public as they continue their neck and neck race with the Chicago White Sox for the AL Central as well as contend for the American League wild card slot.
It’s an important season for the Twins as they opened new Target Field and are shattering franchise attendance records.
Capps is thrilled to be on a contender that is beating the baseball odds. He immediately called Twins manager Ron Gardenhire after learning of the trade.
“I just wanted to call and tell him how happy I was and excited to be part of the ballclub,” said Capps. “It’s hard to be a baseball fan and not know about the quality of the organization here in Minnesota.”
Minnesota was back on track after a slump with 8 gambling sports wins in 9 games from July 21-30.