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Minnesota Twins vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 5/16/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

St. Louis Cardinals (22-17) at Minnesota Twins (18-20)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 1:10 pm (Target Field)

M Mikolas (5-0) (2.51) vs. L Lynn (1-3) (7.34)

The Line: Minnesota Twins +102 / St. Louis Cardinals -112 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSN, FSMW

The St. Louis Cardinals and Minnesota Twins meet Wednesday in MLB action at Target Field.

The St. Louis Cardinals could use a win here after losing five of their last seven games. The Cardinals have allowed 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The St. Louis Cardinals have lost five of their last six games when allowing more than one run. Offensively, Marcell Ozuna leads the Cardinals with 40 hits and 20 RBI while Jose Martinez and Paul DeJong have combined for 77 hits and 40 RBI. Miles Mikolas gets the ball, and he is 5-0 with a 2.51 ERA and 35 strikeouts this season. This will be Mikolas’ first career game against the Twins.

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Minnesota Twins vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 5/16/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Twins look to stay hot after winning eight of their last 11 games. The Twins have scored five runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 12 games. The Minnesota Twins have won 12 of their last 20 games when scoring more than three runs. Eddie Rosario leads the Twins with 42 hits and 27 RBI while Brian Dozier and Eduardo Escobar have combined for 79 hits and 37 RBI. Lance Lynn gets the ball, and he is 1-3 with a 7.34 ERA and 36 strikeouts this season. This will be Lynn’s first career game against the Cardinals.

The Cardinals are 8-3 in their last 11 during game 2 of a series, 3-8 in their last 11 interleague road games and 4-1 in Mikolas' last 5 starts. The Twins are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series, 6-2 in their last 8 games vs. a right-handed starter and 2-5 in Lynns last 7 starts. The Cardinals are 0-5 in the last 5 meetings and the under is 12-0-1 in the last 13 meetings.

The St. Louis Cardinals are starting to fall apart as of late and the Twins keep finding ways to win despite their injuries. However, we're getting the Cards and the cheap price with a pitcher in Mikolas who has allowed just three runs in his last 20.2 innings. Lynn has been hit hard all season, allowing four or more runs in five of his seven starts and an allowed batting average of .312. There's just no way I can back a pitcher who gets lit up every time he takes the mound. Give me the Cardinals. 

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