Minnesota Twins vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 7/28/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Pirates (57-41) at Minnesota Twins (52-46)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 8:10 pm (Target Field)
C Morton (6-4) (4.59) vs. M Pelfrey (5-7) (3.94)
The Line: Minnesota Twins +106 / Pittsburgh Pirates -116 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Nort, ROOT-Pittsburgh
A battle of second place teams begins Tuesday when the Pittsburgh Pirates visit the Minnesota Twins.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are trying to chase down the Cardinals in the National league Central but have gone 4-6 over their last ten which doesn’t help them. The Pirates did pick up a game in the standings with a 3-1 win versus Washington on Sunday. Starter Gerrit Cole was at the top of his game with the lone run plated on a solo jack through 7.2 innings while whiffing eight to improve to 14-4. The bats did their damage on five hits with Neil Walker leaving the yard while Gregory Polanco singled in a run and scored on Andrew McCutchen’s base hit. Charlie Morton looks to reverse his fortunes when he takes the hill against Minnesota for the first time. In back to back defeats Morton has been charged with nine runs on 12 hits over 12.2 frames.
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The Minnesota Twins might be second in the American League Central but they have not been playing well with losses in six of eight after a 7-2 defeat at the hands of the visiting Yankees on Sunday. Kyle Gibson was charged with six runs in the 6th on six hits and a pair of BB over 5.1 frames to drop to 8-8. The Twins totaled ten hits and walked once but never received the big hit with runners on base. Torii Hunter and Trevor Plouffe drove in runs with Miguel Sano and Aaron Hicks scoring. Mike Pelfrey hopes for a return to the consistency he displayed early in the season. Pelfrey did throw the ball well in a 5-2 loss at the Angels in his last outing with two four runs scored (two earned) on nine hits in six innings.
Pittsburgh are 10-3 in their last 13 interleague games and are 39-19 in their last 58 overall while the Pirates are 39-19 in their last 58 games on grass. Minnesota are 2-6 in their last 8 interleague games and are 2-6 in their last 8 overall while going 2-6 in their last 8 games on grass. Pittsburgh are 4-11 in the last 15 meetings. Morton has been struggling and Pelfrey can not be nailed down so I’m not liking this…