Seattle Mariners (3-3) at Minnesota Twins (4-2)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 4:10 pm (Target Field)
Marco Gonzales (0-0) (7.50) vs. Jose Berrios (1-0) (0.00)
The Line: Minnesota Twins -180 / Seattle Mariners +166 --- Over/Under: 8 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Seattle Mariners and the Minnesota Twins meet Thursday in MLB action from Target Field.
The Mariners are coming off a series versus the White Sox this week. Seattle lost the first two games, then on Wednesday the Mariners took a four-run win. As for the Twins, they played the Tigers this week. Minnesota split the first pair in that set, and in the rubber match Wednesday the Twins took the series with a one-run victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Seattle had a little trouble with the White Sox this week, falling in the first two games by a combined score of 16-4. In the Wednesday finale, the Mariners got it together for an 8-4 victory. Kyle Seager led the way on three hits and three RBI with a run.
For the Thursday game, the Mariners will send out Marco Gonzales in the starting role. On Opening Day against the Giants, Gonzales was shaky with 6.0 innings, eight hits, five earned, three homers, three walks and two Ks. He gave up six runs in five innings during his last start versus the Twins in 2019.
Over on the Twins’ side, they managed a series win versus the Brewers last weekend, then split 15-6 (win) and 4-3 (loss) with Detroit. In the Wednesday rubber match, Minnesota eked out a 3-2 victory. Kyle Garlick put up two hits and a run for the Twins in the win.
For the Thursday start, the Twins will turn to Jose Berrios. On April 3 versus the Brewers, Berrios was sharp, tossing 6.0 innings with 12 strikeouts, no hits and no walks. Over his career against the Mariners, Berrios has a 4.02 ERA.
The Mariners are 7-15 in their last 22 road games and 29-76 in their last 105 versus a team with a winning record. Seattle is 13-40 in their last 53 road games versus a team with a winning record and the over is 4-0 in their last four Thursday games.
Meanwhile, the Twins are 1-4 in their last five Thursday games and 2-5 in their last seven in game one of a series. Minnesota is 21-8 in their last 29 home games and the over is 3-1-1 in their last five in game one of a series.
PICK: I’m going to stick with the Twins here. Gonzales had a rough Opening Day start this year, giving up three walks after surrendering just seven all of last year. Berrios didn’t have much difficulty retiring batters, and the Twins offense has been pretty solid thus far. Another quality start and few key hits here should put Minnesota in a good spot to get the W.