Minnesota Twins at Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Preview

Jose VasquezArticles, Baseball

The Minnesota Twins will head east to PNC Park to square off against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The opening pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. ET and Fox Sports North will be televising this interleague matchup.

Minnesota Twins at Pittsburgh Pirates Odds

Minnesota (-180) is favored over Pittsburgh (+160) and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under for this afternoon game at 8.5 runs (-110 for the under and -110 for the over). Runline odds sit at +115 for betting the Twins +1.5 runs and -125 for the Pirates -1.5.

The Pirates are 3-0 SU and 1-0 ATS. They’ve gained 1.0 units for moneyline bettors and 1.2 units against the spread (ATS). The Twins have gone 2-1 SU this year and are 2-0 ATS. In total, the team’s accumulated 0.0 units for moneyline bettors this year and 2.3 units ATS.

Pittsburgh games have an over/under record of one-0 in 2018. The Twins have an over/under record of zero-2.

The Twins just got a 7-0 victory over the Orioles, while the Pirates are coming off of an 8-6 win against the Tigers.

Right-hander Lance Lynn will get the nod for Minnesota. Lynn started 33 games last year while finishing the season 11-8 overall with a 3.43 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. He made four starts against Pittsburgh in 2017 and compiled a 2-2 record against the Pirates with a 6.86 ERA and 12 strikeouts.

The Bucs have tabbed righty Jameson Taillon as their starter. Taillon struck out 125 hitters across 133 innings last year with 46 walks. Taillon finished the season 8-7 overall with a 4.44 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP.

As a unit, Pittsburgh’s pitching staff has allowed 5.3 runs per game overall this season. The team’s starters have a 3.24 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 4.9 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 6.28 ERA, 1.60 WHIP and 8.8 K/9.

The Pittsburgh offense has produced 7.3 runs per contest, including 7.3 per game over its last 10 games and 7.3 per game over its last five. The team has hit .284/.341/.466 over its last five contests and is 3-0 SU during that stretch.

The Pirates’ offense has been led by right fielder Gregory Polanco and second baseman Josh Harrison. Polanco is slashing .333/.429/.750 with four hits, five RBIs and three runs scored, and Harrison’s line is .357/.438/.643 with five hits, two RBIs and five runs.

In the visiting dugout, Minnesota’s pitching staff allowed 1.7 runs per game and its starters own a 0.00 ERA, 0.62 WHIP and 8.14 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 6.43, along with a WHIP of 0.62 and a K/9 of 14.14.

Twins hitters have slashed .241/.303/.473 on their way to 5.0 runs scored per game in 2018, including 5.0 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 5.0 per game over the team’s last five outings (2-1 SU).

Minnesota’s hitters have been led by second baseman Dozier Dozier and outfielder Max Kepler. Dozier is slashing .357/.400/.857 with five hits, two RBIs and five runs scored, while Kepler is hitting .300/.462/.700 with three hits and one RBI.

Minnesota Twins at Pittsburgh Pirates Free Pick

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

Betting Notes

  • The Twins went 0-0 SU against the Pirates last season.