Cincinnati Reds (35-35) vs. Minnesota Twins (30-41)
June 22, 2021 1:10 pm EDT
The Line: Minnesota Twins -110 / Cincinnati Reds +100; Over/Under: -9.5
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The Cincinnati Reds and the Minnesota Twins meet Tuesday in MLB action from Target Field. This will be the second installment in a quick two-game series featuring these teams. In the Monday opener, we had an extra-innings battle as Minnesota took a two-run win. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Cincinnati played a series versus the Padres over the weekend and didn’t have any luck, getting swept in all four games. In the Monday matchup versus the Twins, the Reds came back from a 3-0 deficit in an eventual 7-5 loss in 12 innings. Starter Tyler Mahle went 4.0 innings with three earned on five hits and three walks.
For the starter job in the Tuesday game, the Reds are sending out Wade Miley. Across his 68.2 innings of work, Miley has 56 hits, 23 runs (22 earned), five homers allowed, 19 walks, 56 Ks and a 2.88 ERA.
Over on the Twins’ side, they were able to sweep the Rangers in their weekend series with wins 7-5, 3-2 and 4-2. In the Monday game, The Twins produced a walk-off with two runs in the bottom of the twelfth. JA Happ posted 4.2 innings with five hits, three earned and five walks.
For the starter job in the Tuesday matchup, the Rangers are going with Bailey Ober. Over four starts and 17.0 innings so far, Ober has 21 Ks, a 1.18 WHIp and a 3.71 ERA overall.
The Reds are 4-1 in their last five in game two of a series and 22-50 in the last 72 interleague road games. Cincinnati is 2-5 in their last seven Tuesday games and the over is 5-1-1 in the last seven in game two of a series.
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Meanwhile, the Twins are 7-15 in their last 22 in game two of a series and 3-13 in their last 16 Tuesday games. Minnesota is 7-16 in their last 23 versus a lefty starter and the over is 16-5 in their last 21 in game two of a series.
PICK: I’m going to go with the Reds. This should be an interesting starter matchup, though. Ober has quickly emerged as a key player in the Twins’ rotation. He put up four innings of one-hit ball in his last start. As for Miley, he gave up a couple of homers in his last start but pitched into the eighth inning and only had four hits. I like another strong effort from both guys here in a Cincinnati win.