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MLB Predictions: Will the Twins upset the Mariners in their home opener?

Will the Minnesota Twins have a successful home opener when they face the Seattle Mariners at 4:10PM ET?

GAME SNAPSHOT

(967) Seattle Mariners at (968) Minnesota Twins

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Location: Target Field – Minneapolis, Minnesota

Weather: Cloudy, 37 degrees, 7mph Winds

Time: 4:10PM ET

CURRENT ODDS

According to oddsmakers at YouWager, Seattle is favored on the road today, as the Mariners are getting odds of -125 to win at Minnesota. The Twins are getting a money line of +105 at home. The over/under total is currently listed at 8.5 runs.

PITCHING MATCHUP

The pitching matchup today has James Paxton on the mound for the Mariners to face Kyle Gibson of the Twins. Paxton took a loss in his first start against Cleveland as he allowed six runs over 4.2 innings with four walks. Gibson earned a win in his first start as he pitched six scoreless innings against the Orioles in Baltimore. Gibson didn’t allow a hit and walked five.

Bet on MLB for Thursday, April 5, 2018

PUBLIC BETTING INFORMATION

The public betting for this game is behind the Twins. Minnesota is getting 59 percent of the wagers at home against the Mariners.

KEY INJURIES

Minnesota catcher Mitch Garver is listed on the injury report for today’s contest. He is questionable to play today due to a concussion. Seattle DH Nelson Cruz is on the 10-day DL with an oblique strain.

BETTING STRATEGIES

The Twins enter their home opener at 3-2 following wins at Pittsburgh and Baltimore. Minnesota has scored 26 runs in five games this season while allowing just 13. Eduardo Escobar has a .438 average with four doubles and five RBI to lead the team. Brian Dozier already has four solo home runs this season as well.

The Mariners are also 3-2 after winning a series from the Indians and splitting two games at San Francisco. Seattle has scored 19 runs thus far through five games while allowing 25. Robinson Cano is leading the team thus far with a .500 average and three doubles while Mitch Haniger had two home runs with five RBI.

I know the oddsmakers aren’t big on Kyle Gibson, but he looked pretty good in his first start of the year on the road and I think he will be just fine at home against a Seattle lineup without its biggest power hitter. Paxton struggled against the Indians at home, so he is no safe bet to pitch well in Minnesota today in cold conditions.

MLB PREDICTIONS: MINNESOTA TWINS +105

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