Minnesota at St. Louis Game Preview, MLB Odds & Pick

Posted by Henry Watkins on Tuesday,May 8, 2018 10:41, EDT in

The MLB season is long, and there are times when the action can hit a little bit of a lull. One of the ways in which the league has combatted those down periods in recent years is with the introduction of interleague play. Rather than needing to wait to see the different leagues go head to head in the All-Star Game, we get to see them in action throughout the season. The first few days of this week is delivering some really great interleague match-ups, with the series between the Minnesota Twins and MLB odds favorite St. Louis Cardinals definitely in that mix.

The Twins are not off to a particularly great start to the season, but since their division is not particularly strong, they find themselves just a game and a half back of the Cleveland Indians. The Cardinals have come out of the gate quickly, taking the lead in the NL Central in the early going. They are probably the favorites for this series, but strange things often happen in these interleague games.

Game Preview, MLB Odds & Pick: Twins vs. Cardinals

  • When: Tuesday, May 8, 1:15 PM EST
  • Where: Busch Stadium, St. Louis
  • Starting Pitchers: Jake Odorizzi vs. Carlos Martinez
  • TV: FSNO / FS-M
  • Radio: Minnesota WCCO 830 / St. Louis KMOX 1120
  • Live Stream: MLB.tv
  • MLB Odds: St. Louis Cardinals -200 (Over/Under at 8)

Recent Head to Head (Last 10 Games)

  • Runs: Minnesota Twins 3.20 / St. Louis Cardinals 2.40
  • Hits: Minnesota Twins 7.80 / St. Louis Cardinals 7.30
  • Walks: Minnesota Twins 2.80 / St. Louis Cardinals 2.70
  • Strike Outs: Minnesota Twins 6.70 / St. Louis Cardinals 6.60

Why Consider the MLB Odds for the Twins?

The Twins have had a bit of an up and down start to the season, but they are definitely on a positive run heading into this week. They closed out the weekend with 4 straight wins, helping them get within reach of the Cleveland Indians on top of the AL Central. That said, the Twins need to get over .500 and into winning territory if they are to keep pace with an Indians team that is almost certainly going to get better as the season progresses.

Minnesota is down near the bottom of the standings in both offense and pitching, but they are also top 10 in slugging percentage, proving that they do have some pop in their bats. The Twins are currently 3-3 in interleague play this season and are 7-10 in all road games. Minnesota will send Jake Odorizzi (2-2, 4.10 ERA) to the mound for this one.

Team Statistics

Offense

  • Runs: 4.39
  • Hits: 8.52
  • Walks: 3.74
  • Strike Outs: 8.90

Defense

  • Runs: 5.10
  • Hits: 8.90
  • Walks: 4.06
  • Strike Outs: 9.52

Why Consider the MLB Odds for the Cardinals?

The Cardinals are off to a fantastic start to the year, going 20-13, which is good enough to give them a slender 1-game lead at the top of the division. There are just 2 ½ games separating first from fourth in there, though, so they really cannot afford to slow down. The Cardinals ended the week on a 5-game win streak, but that all came to an end in the opening game of this series, where they were pounded 6-0 by the Twins.

The Cardinals are in command of the MLB Odds for Tuesday Night.

The Cardinals are very similar to the Twins in terms of offensive output, but where they have the edge is in pitching, although you might not have known that given how things went in the opening game of this series. The Cards will try to even things up when they send Carlos Martinez (3-1, 1.40 ERA) to the mound for this one.

Team Statistics

Offense

  • Runs: 4.45
  • Hits: 7.79
  • Walks: 4.00
  • Strike Outs: 8.97

Defense

  • Runs: 3.70
  • Hits: 8.45
  • Walks: 3.61
  • Strike Outs: 8.36

Latest MLB Betting Trends

  • Minnesota is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Minnesota is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing St. Louis
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota’s last 5 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
  • St. Louis is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home
  • St. Louis is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of St. Louis’s last 7 games

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

The Cardinals are unbeaten in the last 6 games in which Carlos Martinez has been the starter, which is no real surprise when you consider his stellar ERA. I like the Cardinals to win this one, too.

Score: Minnesota Twins 2 – St. Louis Cardinals 4