Twins vs. Cubs Sunday Prediction
The Minnesota Twins have scored a combined 15 runs in the first two games of their series against the Chicago Cubs and yet remain winless at Wrigley Field this weekend. Will that change Sunday when these two teams wrap things up in Chicago?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Sunday, July 1, 2018
2:20 p.m. ET, Wrigley Field
TV: MIN (FSNO); CHC (WGN)
Compare odds and from multiple different online sportsbooks and shop for the best lines at our new Baseball Odds & Betting Page.
Public Betting Trends
Oddsmakers from online sportsbooks currently list the Cubs as a -172 favorite. As of this writing, 77% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Cubs to beat the Twins on the moneyline. 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' LYnn allows five runs in loss to White Sox
Lance Lynn surrendered five runs -- four earned -- in five-plus innings Tuesday against the White Sox. Walks weren't the problem for Lynn tonight, as he issued just one. However, he gave up eight hits, the last three of which came consecutively to open the sixth inning. Lynn exited that inning with a 4-2 lead, but all three runners came around to score and the Twins went on to lose 8-4.
Cubs' Lester picks up his sixth straight win
Jon Lester allowed two earned runs, four hits and a walk with four strikeouts over five innings in Tuesday's road victory against the Dodgers. Lester improved to 10-2 despite the fact he didn't exhibit the best control. He threw just 50 of his 82 pitches for strikes, including just nine first-pitch strikes to the 19 batters he faced, and he uncorked a wild pitch. He is a perfect 5-0 with a 1.13 ERA in five June starts across 32 innings, and he has won six straight starts and eight of his past nine. He'll try to keep it rolling on Sunday against Lance Lynn and the visiting Twins.
MLB Betting Trends
The Twins have lost five of their last six road games after Saturday's barnburner at Wrigley.
The Cubs have won eight of their last 10 home games.
I don't like playing the "due theory" in betting because it leads to chasing but Lester has to be due for a bad start at some point. He has not allowed more than two runs in a start since April and will attempt his seventh straight victory today. The Twins have been swinging hot bats this series, they just haven't received quality pitching. Well, Lynn has not been very good this season but he's familiar with this Chicago lineup having pitched in St. Louis all those years. The Cubs are one of the biggest public teams on the board today and I'm going to take my shot fading them with a Twins team that has played well enough in this series to win at least one game.
The Pick: Minnesota Twins +162