Minnesota Twins at Chicago Cubs Matchup

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The Minnesota Twins are set to square off against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. The game gets going at 2:20 p.m. ET and this interleague matchup will be televised on either WLS or FSN.

Minnesota Twins at Chicago Cubs Odds

The Twins have gone 35-43 SU this year and are 42-35 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 8.2 units for moneyline gamblers, despite having gained 4.7 units ATS. The Cubs, on the other hand, are 45-35 SU and 40-39 ATS. The teams lost 4.8 units for bettors taking the moneyline while earning 1.4 units ATS.

Cubs games have an over/under record of 34-44-1 so far in 2018. The Twins have an over/under record of 35-39-3.

Southpaw Adalberto Mejia will get the start for Minnesota. Mejia has yet to pitch in the majors this year.

The Cubs are turning to righty Tyler Chatwood (3-5, 3.95 ERA), who has 64 strikeouts and 63 walks as well as a 1.73 WHIP. Chatwood only made one start against the Twins in 2017 (0-1, 3.60 ERA and four strikeouts across five innings).

Chicago’s pitchers have given up 3.8 runs per game overall this year as a unit. Its starters have an ERA of 3.70, a WHIP of 1.32 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 7.9. The bullpen has a solid ERA of just 3.11, a WHIP of 1.29 and a K/9 of 9.1.

The Chicago hitters have put up 4.9 runs per outing, including 5.3 per game over its last 10 games and 7.2 per game over their last five. The team has hit .322/.377/.525 over its last five matchups and is 3-2 SU during that stretch.

Second baseman Javier Baez and outfielder Albert Almora Jr. have led the Cubs offense this year. Baez is slashing .284/.321/.560 with 16 home runs, 57 RBIs, 49 runs and 13 stolen bases, while Almora Jr.’s line is .324/.363/.454 with four homers, 24 RBIs and 43 runs scored.

In the other dugout, Minnesota’s pitchers have allowed 4.5 runs per game and its starters own a 4.24 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 8.88 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 4.25, along with a K-per-9 of 9.25.

Twins hitters have slashed .235/.309/.395 on their way to 4.2 runs scored per game in 2018, including 3.4 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 3.0 per game over the teams last five contests (2-3 SU).

Left fielder Eddie Rosario and shortstop Eduardo Escobar continue to lead Minnesota’s offense. Rosario is slashing .312/.352/.565 with 17 home runs, 50 RBIs and 55 runs scored, while Escobar is hitting .279/.334/.533 with 12 homers, 48 RBIs and 35 runs scored.

Minnesota Twins at Chicago Cubs Free MLB Tip

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

Betting Notes

  • Minnesota has recorded 11 extra-base hits over its last five contests. Chicago has 19 XBH over its last five.
  • Minnesota has recorded 16.8 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 17.4 over its last five.
  • The Twins have hit eight home runs in their last 10 games. The Cubs have hit 15 over their last 10.