Twins vs. Pirates Pick
Can the Pittsburgh Pirates keep up their unbeaten start today when they host the Minnesota Twins at 1:05PM ET?
Monday, April 2, 2018
Location: PNC Park – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Weather: Cloudy, 43 degrees, 2mph winds
Time: 1:05PM ET
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, Pittsburgh is favored in this game, as the Pirates are getting odds of -135 to win against Minnesota. The Twins are getting a money line of +115 to prevail. The over/under total is currently listed at 8 runs.
The pitching matchup today has Jameson Taillon on the mound for the Pirates to face Lance Lynn of the Twins. Lynn is making his debut for the Twins. He was 11-8 last season with the Cardinals over 33 starts. He had a 3.43 ERA with a 1.23 WHIP, 153 strikeouts and 78 walks. Taillon was 8-7 last season with a 4.44 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP. He had 125 strikeouts with 46 walks.
PUBLIC BETTING INFORMATION
The public betting for this game is behind the Twins. Minnesota is getting 65 percent of the wagers as a slight underdog against the Pirates today.
Minnesota catcher Mitch Garver is listed on the injury report for today’s contest. He is questionable to play today due to a concussion. He is 0-for-4 at the plate this season. Pittsburgh has nobody new listed on the injury report.
The Pirates opened the season with a road sweep in Detroit to start 3-0. Pittsburgh has put up 22 runs while allowing 16 over the three games. Gregory Polanco drove in five runs this weekend and had a home run while Francisco Cervelli has four RBI.
Minnesota is 2-1 to start the season after winning a road series at Baltimore. The Twins have put up 15 runs over three games while allowing just five. Miguel Sano has been leading the team at the plate thus far with a pair of home runs and three RBI while Brian Dozier also has two home runs with two RBI.
The Twins have been getting some good starts on the mound so far and I think that will continue today with Lynn making his debut for the team. Lynn had solid numbers for St. Louis and he gets to face Pittsburgh, a team that I don’t think will sustain the run production it had this weekend against a bad Detroit bullpen. I like Minnesota to upset Pittsburgh today.
MLB PREDICTIONS: MINNESOTA TWINS +115