As we draw closer to the end of the season, most of the excitement takes place on the field, but this is the one day in the year where the off-field events take precedence. Wednesday, July 31 is trade deadline day in the MLB, so we can expect to see a lot of players switching teams before the clock strikes 4 PM EST. Some of the trades will be of the small variety, while others will be bigger and send shockwaves around the league. While the immediate impact of these moves is going to be big, we won’t really know if any of them will have the desired effect until the end of the season.
It is probably going to be the teams in the playoff hunt who are in as buyers, which means that we might well see the Minnesota Twins as an active player on deadline day. They certainly look like a team that needs another piece or two to become a serious contender. They will be in Miami for an interleague series on Wednesday night against the Marlins. The Twins are favored by 1 ½, with the run total set at 8.
Twins vs Marlins MLB Odds, Game Info & Prediction
- When: Wednesday, July 31 at 7:10 PM EST
- Where: Marlins Park, Miami
- Starting Pitchers: Berrios vs. Alcantara
- TV: MLB Extra Innings
- Radio: SiriusXM
- Live Stream: MLB.tv
- MLB Odds: Minnesota Twins -200 (Total 8)
Why bet on the Minnesota Twins?
The Minnesota Twins looked to be in great shape in the first half of the season, but as the midway point approached, they suddenly found themselves in a spot of trouble. At one point, they had a double-digit lead at the top of the AL Central, but that was recently reduced to just 2 games, with the Cleveland Indians thriving while the Twins stumbled.
The Twins appear to be coming out of their funk, though, winning 4 of their last 5 games, including a 2-1 win over the Marlins in the opening game of this series, to take a 3-game lead in the division. Minnesota is now 34-20 on the road this season and is a very impressive 21-9 ATS as a road favorite. They will have Jose Berrios (9-5, 2.94 ERA) on the mound for this one.
- Runs: 5.75
- Hits: 9.63
- Walks: 3.14
- Strike Outs: 8.01
- Runs: 4.56
- Hits: 8.74
- Walks: 2.85
- Strike Outs: 8.75
Why bet on the Miami Marlins?
It has been, to the surprise of no-one, a pretty awful season for the Miami Marlins, who have now basically been reduced to trying to play the role of spoiler in the closing weeks of the season. Miami is now just 41-64 on the season, with home fields advantage not really existing in their world.
After their loss to the Twins on Tuesday night, they are now just 21-34 in their own building. Oddly enough, the Marlins have not been that bad in interleague play, going 7-6 SU in 13 games against teams from the American League. At home as an underdog, the Miami Marlins are 26-26 ATS. They will have Sandy Alcantara (4-9, 4.18 ERA) starting on Wednesday.
- Runs: 3.63
- Hits: 8.05
- Walks: 2.34
- Strike Outs: 8.94
- Runs: 4.57
- Hits: 8.07
- Walks: 3.63
- Strike Outs: 8.69
Twins vs Marlins MLB Betting Trends
- Twins are 6-3 SU in their last 9 games this season
- The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Minnesota’s last 10 games on the road
- Marlins are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games played in July
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Miami’s last 7 games at home
- Twins are 65-41 against the money line in all games this season
- Marlins are 84-82 against the money line in home games against right-handed starters over the last 3 seasons
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Twins vs Marlins
If the Twins are to get back on a roll and hold on to their spot at the top of the AL Central, they need to take advantage of their series with the struggling teams in the league. They took care of business in the opening game against the Marlins and I expect more of the same here.
Score: Minnesota Twins 6 – Miami Marlins 3