Phillies at Twins - 6/21/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Philadelphia Phillies (30-41) at Minnesota Twins (21-48)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 8:10 pm (Target Field)
Aaron Nola (5-6) (3.72) vs. Tyler Duffey (2-6) (5.56)
The Line: Minnesota Twins +106 / Philadelphia Phillies -116 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Philadelphia Phillies and Minnesota Twins begin a three-game series Tuesday at Target Field.
The Philadelphia Phillies are desperate for a win in order to snap a seven-game losing streak. The Phillies have allowed 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 12 games. The Philadelphia Phillies have an ERA of 4.32 and have lost 19 straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Odubel Herrera leads Philadelphia with 76 hits, Maikel Franco has 33 RBI and Freddy Galvis has six home runs. Aaron Nola gets the nod, and he’s 5-6 with a 3.51 ERA and 93 strikeouts this season. This will be Nola’s first career game against the Twins.
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The Minnesota Twins could use a win after losing eight of their last 11 games. The Twins have allowed 19 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 19 straight games. The Minnesota Twins have an ERA of 5.23 and have lost 10 of their last 15 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Eduardo Nunez leads Minnesota with 76 hits, Joe Mauer has 26 RBI and Brian Dozier has eight home runs. Tyler Duffey takes the hill, and he’s 2-6 with a 5.56 ERA and 49 strikeouts this season. This will be Duffey’s first career game against the Phillies.
The Phillies are 19-41 in their last 60 during game 1 of a series and 5-1 in Nolas last 6 road starts. The Twins are 4-9 in their last 13 during game 1 of a series and 0-4 in Duffeys last 4 starts. The under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
Not sure why the Phillies are the slight favorite in this game, but I don't care. The bottom line is Philadelphia has lost seven straight and is now going on the road to play a Minnesota team that had Monday off. Both teams are trash, but there's value with the Twins at home and the slight plus money.