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The Minnesota Twins will do battle against the Philadelphia Phillies in a Saturday showdown. Fox Sports North will showcase this interleague matchup and the action gets underway at 2:05 p.m. ET.

Minnesota Twins at Philadelphia Phillies Odds

Philadelphia (-145) is favored over Minnesota (+135) and oddsmakers have put the Over/Under for this day game at 8 runs (-105 for the over and -115 for the under). The game’s most recent runline odds sit at -160 for picking the Twins +1.5 runs and +140 for the Phillies -1.5 runs.

Each team has been good to bettors this year this year. The Phillies are 5-1 straight up (SU) and 4-1 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 3.4 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 4.0 units ATS. The Twins are 4-2 SU and have gone 3-2 against the spread. Overall, the club has accumulated 3.0 units for moneyline bettors in this young season and 1.7 units ATS.

Phillies games have had an over/under record of 4-1 thus far in 2019. The Twins have an over/under record of 3-2.

The right-handed Michael Pineda (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will get the ball for the visiting Twins. Pineda did not record any MLB pitching stats last season.

The Phils have tabbed righty Jake Arrieta (1-0, 1.50 ERA) as their starter. Arrieta started 31 games last year while finishing the season 10-11 overall with a 3.96 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.

Philadelphia’s pitching staff has yielded 4.3 runs per game overall in 2019 as a unit. Its starters have an ERA of 4.55, a WHIP of 1.55 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 10.0. The bullpen has a 3.47 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 9.6 K/9.

The Philadelphia offense has produced 8.2 runs per contest so far this season and the team has a slash-line of .290/.417/.509 to begin the year.

The Phillies’ offense has been led by shortstop Jean Segura and right fielder Bryce Harper. Segura is slashing .370/.393/.481 with 10 hits, five RBIs and eight runs scored, while Harper’s line is .400/.571/.950 with eight hits, five RBIs and six runs scored.

In the visiting dugout, Minnesota’s pitchers have allowed 4.2 runs per game and its starters own a 3.90 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 9.90 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 3.38, along with a WHIP of 1.00.

The Twins offense has slashed .270/.352/.422 on its way to 4.7 runs scored per game in 2019.

Minnesota’s offensive production has been powered by Jorge Polanco and Nelson Cruz. Polanco is slashing .423/.483/.808 with 11 hits, one RBI and four runs scored, while Cruz (.333/.500/.611) has produced six hits, six RBIs and two runs scored.

The Twins have gained 3.0 units and are 3-2 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has hit in three of those games, as opposed to two that’ve hit the under against righties. On the other hand, the Phillies have netted 3.4 units and are 4-1 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in four of those games, compared to one that’ve cashed the under.

Twins vs. Phillies MLB Prediction

Predictions: SU Winner – Phillies, ATS Winner – Twins, O/U – OVER

Betting Trends

  • The Twins and Phillies did not face each other last season.
  • The Twins have an OPS of .774 this season and an OPS of .763 against right-handed pitchers. The Phillies’ OPS stands at .917 overall and their left-right split is nearly identical.