Twins vs. Cardinals Tuesday Prediction
The Minnesota Twins and St. Louis Cardinals will wrap up their interleague series on Tuesday afternoon at Busch Stadium. Will the matinee matchup turn into a low-scoring affair?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
1:15 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 -185 favorite. As of this writing, 80% 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' Odorizzi allows five runs against White Sox
Jake Odorizzi allowed five runs -- three earned -- over 5 1/3 innings in Thursday's no-decision against the White Sox. Odorizzi was staked to a four-run lead after the third inning but couldn't bring it home, giving up runs in each of his last four innings of work. The Sox banged out six hits and drew two walks against the right-hander, but he mitigated some of that with eight strikeouts, his highest total for a game yet this year.
In seven starts, Odorizzi owns a 4.10 ERA and 1.39 WHIP with his new club. The Highland, Illinois native will have a homecoming of sorts his next time out when he takes on the Cardinals in St. Louis on Tuesday.
Cardinals' Martinez once again dominant in last start
Carlos Martinez worked 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball Wednesday in the Cardinals' 3-2 win over the White Sox. Martinez also slugged his first career home run in the bottom of the sixth inning for the first run of the afternoon by either club. The one run Martinez allowed scored after he had exited the game in the top of the eighth. He struck out five and scattered two walks and five hits. The Cardinals' ace now has a sensational 1.40 ERA and 45 strikeouts through 45 innings this season.
MLB Betting Trends
The Twins are just 4-8 in their last 12 road games and have dropped five of their last seven road games when facing a right-handed starter.
The Cardinals are a perfect 6-0 in Martinez's last six home starts and are 6-0 in his last six starts overall.
Since a rough start on Opening Day versus the Mets, Martinez has been nothing short of brilliant. The Twins had a nice offensive showing in St. Louis on Monday night but Martinez is nasty. While Odorizzi has not pitched well for his new team, he's a native of the St. Louis area so I expect him to give his best effort as well. The under is 3-0-1 in Martinez's last four starts and is 4-0 in his last four home outings versus a team with a losing record.
The Pick: Twins/Cardinals under 8