Cincinnati Reds vs. Minnesota Twins - 6/30/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Twins (40-35) at Cincinnati Reds (34-40)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 7:10 pm (Great American Ball Park)
P Hughes (6-6) (4.20) vs. A DeSclafani (5-5) (3.35)
The Line: Cincinnati Reds -125 / Minnesota Twins +115 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-North, FS-Ohio
The Cincinnati Reds shoot for another win against the Minnesota Twins at Great American Ball Park.
The Minnesota Twins have been playing around .500 baseball the last few weeks but need to do better if they expect to chase down Kansas City in the American League Central. The Twins didn’t get the job done in a series opening 11-7 loss at Cincinnati on Monday. Starter Mike Pelfrey was charged with eight runs on nine hits over two frames and a strong effort from the bats still fell short. The Twins logged nine hits and walked three times with Brian Dozier smacking a three run homer while Trevor Plouffe went 2-4 with an RBI and a pair of runs. Minnesota is slated to send Phil Hughes to the bump to oppose Cincinnati for the first time in his career. Hughes has been a workhorse the past two times out with a pair of runs allowed covering 16 innings.
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The Cincinnati Reds would like to make up some ground before the All Star break to make a second half run at the National League Central title. Maybe the hot run was kick started by Monday’s big night at the plate although Mike Leake struggled on the mound. Leake gave up all seven runs on nine hits through four innings for a no decision while three relievers held the Twins off the scoreboard. The Reds amassed 17 hits and walked six times with Eugenio Suarez driving in three while Tucker Barnhart, Jay Bruce and Joey Votto knocked in two runs each. Billy Hamilton scored three times with Ivan De Jesus and Marlon Byrd logged two runs each. Anthony DeSclafani matches up with Minnesota for the first time on Tuesday night. DeSclafani comes off of a 5-4 win at Pittsburgh where he gave up all four runs (three earned) on six hits over six frames.
The under is 8-2-2 in Minnesota’s last 12 interleague games and is 12-5-4 in their last 21 on grass while the under is 12-5-4 in the Twins last 21 overall. Cincinnati are 7-1 in their last 8 home games and are 7-2 in their last 9 games as a favorite while going 9-3 in their last 12 Tuesday games. I give a slight edge on the mound to Hughes but the way the Reds were hitting Monday I don’t know if slight is enough…