Pirates vs. Twins Prediction
Will the Minnesota Twins manage another win at home over the Pittsburgh Pirates when the two meet up this afternoon at 1:10PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
1:10PM ET – Target Field
TV: ATPT (Pit); FSN (Min)
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers, the Twins are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -125 to win. The Pirates are listed with a money line of +105 to prevail, while the over/under total has been set at 8 runs. The public betting for this game currently has 70 percent going on Minnesota at home. 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 drop opener
The Pittsburgh Pirates dropped the opener of this 2-game series on Tuesday night, losing 5-2 to the Twins. The Pirates are now 61-59 overall and 28-30 on the road. Pittsburgh is putting up 4.57 runs per game on offense while allowing 4.52 per contest.
Chris Archer gets the start for the Pirates this afternoon. He is making his third start for Pittsburgh today and 20th start overall this season. Archer is 4-5 overall with a 4.36 record and a 1.43 WHIP. Archer has amassed 111 strikeouts and 37 walks over 105.1 innings on the mound.
Twins stay tough at home
The Twins have managed to win two of their last three after a small losing streak. Minnesota is now 55-63 overall and 34-24 at home. The Twins are putting up 4.38 runs per contest while allowing 4.67 per game on the mound.
Jose Berrios takes the mound for the Twins this afternoon. He is making his 25th start of the year for the Twins and comes in with an 11-8 record, a 3.66 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP. Berrios has pitched a total of 150.0 innings and has 153 strikeouts with 42 walks.
MLB Betting Trends
The Pirates have won seven of their last nine interleague road games and 11 of their last 13 road games against a right-handed starter.
The Twins have lost six of their last seven interleague road games but they have won six of Berrios’ last seven home starts against a team with a winning record.
Archer has actually had a couple of nice starts against Minnesota this year when he played with the Rays. He had a 2.45 ERA through 11.0 innings with 12 strikeouts and two walks. I question if Berrios can match him, as he has allowed multiple runs in three straight starts and has given up 15 runs over his last five outings. I am going to take my chances on Archer and the Pirates.
The Pick: Pittsburgh Pirates +105