Twins vs. Cardinals Monday Prediction
The St. Louis Cardinals are flying high. Winners of five in a row and coming off sweeps of both Chicago teams, the Cardinals will open a new interleague series versus the Minnesota Twins on Monday night. Will the Redbirds make it six in a row?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Monday, May 7, 2018
7:10 p.m. ET, Busch Stadium
TV: MIN (FSNO); STL (FSMW)
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Public Betting Trends
Oddsmakers from online sportsbooks currently list the Cardinals as a -135 favorite. As of this writing, 66% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Cardinals to beat the Twins on the money line. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.
Twins Romero has impressive debut vs. Blue Jays
Fernando Romero impressed in his major league debut, allowing just four hits over 5 2/3 shutout innings Wednesday in the Twins’ victory over Toronto. The right-hander recorded five strikeouts and three walks while throwing 59 of his 97 pitches for strikes. Romero escaped a number of jams including the fifth inning when he put runners on by allowing a double and a hit-by-pitch. Teoscar Hernandez ended the threat by grounding into an inning-ending double play. Romero has certainly earned himself another start and is worthy of fantasy consideration in deeper mixed leagues.
Cardinals' Gant to make season debut vs. Twins
John Gant will start for the Cardinals on Monday versus the Twins. Jack Flaherty isn't eligible for recall since he was just optioned six days ago, so the Cards will give Gant a shot to fill Adam Wainwright's (elbow) rotation spot this time. Gant threw three perfect relief innings in an appearance for St. Louis last month and boasts a 2.40 ERA over his first five starts with Triple-A Memphis this season.
MLB Betting Trends
The Twins are 2-6 in their last eight games against the Cardinals in St. Louis.
The under is a perfect 10-0 in the last 10 meetings between these two teams and is 8-0 in the last eight meetings in St. Louis.
You read the trends above: The under has been a great bet in this series and it should be a safe play again tonight. First and foremost, the Cardinals do not fare well against pitchers they haven't seen before. They're a team that relies heavily on video and there isn't much available on Romero. Secondly, the Cardinals played a 14-inning game last night against the Cubs with multiple rain delays mixed in. While they didn't have to travel, fatigue could be an issue for them at some point. I don't want to bet against a hot team so taking the Twins isn't appealing on the money line, but the under 8.5 I do like.
The Pick: Twins/Cardinals under 8.5