Minnesota Twins (31-22) at Chicago Cubs (31-20)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 8:15 pm (Wrigley Field)
Michael Pineda (1-0) (3.57) vs. Alec Mills (5-3) (3.93)
The Line: Chicago Cubs +120 / Minnesota Twins -130 --- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Minnesota Twins and Chicago Cubs meet Saturday in MLB action at Wrigley Field.
The Minnesota Twins need a win after losing four of their last five games. The Twins have scored eight runs in their last three games and three or less runs in four of their last five games. The Twins have split their last eight games when scoring three or less runs. Nelson Cruz leads the Twins with 55 hits and 32 RBI while Jorge Polanco and Eddie Rosario have combined for 93 hits and 52 RBI. Michael Pineda gets the ball, and he is 1-0 with a 3.57 ERA and 20 strikeouts this season. Pineda is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA and nine strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
The Chicago Cubs look to build on their five-game winning streak. The Cubs have scored 10 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four of their last eight games. The Cubs have won nine straight games when scoring four or more runs. Ian Happ leads the Cubs with 47 hits and 28 RBI while Willson Contreras and Javier Baez have combined for 82 hits and 43 RBI. Alec Mills gets the ball, and he is 5-3 with a 3.93 ERA and 37 strikeouts this season. This will be Mills’ first career game against the Twins.
The Twins are 10-4 in their last 14 interleague games, 28-12 in their last 40 Saturday games and 11-5 in their last 16 overall. The Cubs are 4-1 in their last 5 games as an underdog, 45-22 in their last 67 interleague games and 2-5 in their last 7 Saturday games. The under is 4-0 in Twins last 4 road games. The under is 10-3-1 in Cubs last 14 overall. The over is 3-0-1 in the last 4 meetings.
Michael Pineda has allowed seven runs and 17 hits in 17.2 innings this season while Alec Mills has allowed four runs and 11 hits in his last 20 innings. This line is rather surprising, as Pineda is a veteran who has a history of stinking up the joint, and the Cubs are at home playing the better baseball. Getting plus money with the Cubs here has to be one of the better value bets on Saturday's MLB betting card.