Pirates vs. Twins Prediction
Can the Pittsburgh Pirates pick up an interleague road victory tonight when they take on the Minnesota Twins at 8:10PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
975 Pittsburgh Pirates at 976 Minnesota Twins
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
8:10PM ET – Target Field
TV: ATPT (Pit); FSN (Min)
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers, the Pirates are favored on the road, as they are getting odds of -130 to win. The Twins are listed with a money line o f+110 to win, while the over/under total has been set at 8.5 runs. The public betting for this game currently has 76 percent going on Pittsburgh on the road. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Pirates split at San Fran
The Pittsburgh Pirates are coming off a four-game split at San Francisco, but they have won four of their last six. The Pirates are 61-58 overall and 28-29 on the road. Pittsburgh is putting up 4.57 runs per game on offense while allowing 4.52 per contest.
Jameson Taillon gets the start for the Pirates on Tuesday night. He is 9-8 on the season through 23 starts and has a 3.63 ERA with a 1.22 WHIP. Taillon has 119 strikeouts and 35 walks over 134.0 innings of work.
Twins in a funk
The Twins are coming off a 4-2 loss to the Tigers on Tuesday for their fourth loss in five games. Minnesota is now 54-63 overall and 33-24 at home. The Twins are putting up 4.38 runs per contest while allowing 4.67 per game on the mound.
Jake Odorizzi gets the start for the Twins tonight. It will be his 25th start of the season. Odorizzi carries a 4-7 record with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP. He has 120 strikeouts and 49 walks over 120.0 innings.
MLB Betting Trends
The Pirates have won four of Taillon’s last five starts and they are 7-1 in their last eight interleague road games.
The Twins have won 14 of their last 18 home games and they are 11-5 in their last 16 interleague home games.
Taillon and Odorizzi are interesting as Odorizzi has been worse at home and Taillon has been better on the road. Minnesota just can’t see to get into a groove and while they are goo at home, I think the Pirates have better tools all around. Pittsburgh plays in a much more competitive division and is tested regularly and I think that will lead them to grind out a win over the Twins, who play in a really poor AL Central.
The Pick: Pittsburgh Pirates -130