Minnesota Twins vs. San Diego Padres - 9/12/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Diego Padres (65-79) at Minnesota Twins (74-69)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 8:10 pm (Target Field)
T Wood (3-5) (6.22) vs. K Gibson (9-10) (5.19)
The Line: Minnesota Twins -172 / San Diego Padres +162 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-North, FS-San Diego
The San Diego Padres and the Minnesota Twins face off in game one of a three game interleague set from Target Field on Tuesday.
The San Diego Padres will look to bounce back after failing to complete the sweep of Arizona and having their three game winning streak snapped thanks to a 3-2 loss in their series finale on Sunday. Luis Torrens and Yangervis Solarte each added an RBI to make up the pair of Padres’ runs in the loss, while Jose Pirela, Jabari Blash and Matt Szczur each contributed a double to the cause. Erick Aybar and Wil Myers also added a base hit of their own respectively in the losing effort for San Diego. Luis Perdomo took the loss, falling to 7-10 this season after giving up all three runs on five hits while walking a pair and striking out four over six innings of work. Travis Wood will start the opener and is 3-5 with a 6.00 ERA and 58 strikeouts this season. In his career, Wood is 0-0 with a 5.73 ERA and 9 strikeouts against Minnesota.
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The Minnesota Twins will look to keep their push for a playoff spot going after splitting their series with the Royals, dropping the final two games of the set, including an 11-3 loss in the series finale on Sunday. Kennys Vargas went 2 for 2 with a home run, a double and two RBIs, while Eddie Rosario added an RBI of his own in the losing effort for Minnesota. Byron Buxton added a triple and Robbie Grossman added a pinch-hit double, while Ehire Adrianza went 2 for 4 at the dish. Chris Gimenez also contributed a base hit in the loss for the Twins. Bartolo Colon took one on the chin in the loss, giving up six runs on six hits in just 1.2 innings of work to fall to 6-12 on the year. Kyle Gibson will start the opener and is 9-10 with a 5.19 ERA and 95 strikeouts this season. This will be Gibson’s first career start against San Diego, however in his career, Gibson owns a 3-8 career interleague record with a 5.68 ERA and 55 strikeouts covering 13 starts.
San Diego is 32-65 in their last 97 road games against a right-handed starter and 4-11 in their last 15 interleague road games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games against the AL Central. Minnesota is 4-0 in Gibson’s last 4 starts and 8-0 in their last 8 interleague games while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 home games. San Diego is 2-10 in the last 12 meetings between these two teams and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Minnesota.
The Padres have played better as of late, but the Twins are the only team in this matchup fighting for anything right now. Plus, the Twins have played well with Gibson on the mound lately and have thrived in interleague play as a whole over the last couple of series, so I’ll take the Twins to keep the momentum going by drawing first blood in game one by a couple of runs here.