Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Minnesota Twins - 4/2/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Twins (2-1) at Pittsburgh Pirates (3-0)
MLB Baseball: Monday, April 2, 2018 at 1:05 pm (PNC Park)
L Lynn (0-0) (0.00) vs. Jameson Taillon (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -102 / Minnesota Twins -108 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
MLB comes to PNC Park where the Pittsburgh Prates battle the visiting Minnesota Twins.
The Minnesota Twins improved to 2-1 with a 7-0 victory at the Baltimore Orioles on Sundays where everything clicked. Minnesota starter Jose Berrios was dominant with a complete game three hitter while walking one and striking out six.
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The Twins totaled ten hits and three bases on balls with Brian Dozier smacking two homers and Eduardo Escobar going deep and driving in two runs with two scored while Miguel Sano also homered.
Right hander Lance Lynn makes his debut with Minnesota after spending six years with the Cardinals. Lynn was durable in 2017 with 33 starts where he went 11-8 with a 3.43 ERA.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are coming off of an 8-6 win in the night cap of a doubleheader to sweep their twin bill at Detroit on Sunday. Pittsburgh starter Chad Kuhl gave up four runs over 5.2 frames before Dovydas Neverauskas gave up two.
The Pirates offense consisted of ten hits and a pair of BB with Josh Harrison and David Freese cracking homers and driving in two runs each while Starling Marte also left the yard and scored twice.
Jameson Taillon takes the mound in the series opener against Minnesota in interleague play on Monday. Taillon made 25 starts for the Pirates a season ago and was 8-7 with a 4.44 ERA.
Minnesota are 10-1 in their last 11 interleague games. Pittsburgh are 7-2 in their last 9 overall and Pittsburgh are 7-2 in their last 9 games on grass and under is 9-3-1 in Pittsburgh last 13 Monday games. Minnesota are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Pittsburgh.
I think Taillon can be a tough matchup for Minnesota and the Pirates bats should get to Lynn as well…