San Diego Padres vs. Minnesota Twins MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/20/14
Minnesota Twins (21-21) at San Diego Padres (21-24)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 10:10 pm (PETCO Park)
Kevin Correia (R) (1-5) (6.804) vs. Ian Kennedy (R) (2-5) (3.600)
The Line: San Diego Padres / Minnesota Twins --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-N, FSN-SD
The Minnesota Twins and San Diego Padres will meet Tuesday night at Petco Park for a two-game interleague series.
The Twins enter this series playing some of their best baseball of the season with wins in five of their last seven. The Twins offense continues to get it done by scoring four or more runs in six of their last seven games, while the pitching has slightly improved. The Twins have the 28th worst ERA in baseball, but has held four of their last nine opponents to three or less runs. Brian Dozier has a nine-game hitting streak and Kurt Suzuki has three extra-base hits in his last four games. Taking the mound Tuesday is Kevin Correia, who is 1-5 with a 6.80 ERA and has 20 strikeouts in 42.1 innings. Correia is 3-3 with a 4.83 ERA in 22 career games against the Padres.
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The Padres have lost three of their last five games and remain three games below a .500 record. It’s the same song and dance with the Padres, as their ERA is third best in the majors, but they’re 29th in runs scored. The Padres just need to find consistent offense, as they’re 15-2 this season when scoring more than three runs. Seth Smith has homered in back-to-back games and Chase Headley has gotten on base at least once in four straight games. Ian Kennedy gets the start, and he’s 2-5 with a 3.60 ERA and has 60 strikeouts in 55 innings. This will be Kennedy’s second career start against the Twins.
The Twins are 4-0 in their last 4 during game 1 of a series and 6-21 in Correia's last 27 starts. The Padres are 2-5 in Kennedy's last 7 starts and 15-7 in their last 22 during game 1 of a series. The Twins are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in San Diego.
Although the Padres have had their issues putting runs on the board, Correia has had no issues getting hammered throughout the year. I see the Padres winning comfortably in this matchup as long as Kennedy keeps pitching well. Give me the Padres and the run line for plus money.