Minnesota Twins at Miami Marlins
|Date & Time||Thursday August 1, 2019, 12:10 PM (EDT)|
Minnesota Twins: -1.5 (+100) / Miami Marlins: 1.5 (-120)
The Minnesota Twins and the Miami Marlins meet in the finale of their three game interleague set in MLB action from Marlins Park on Thursday.
The Minnesota Twins will look to complete the sweep after dropping game two on Wednesday by a final score of 7-4. Mitch Garver led the Twins by going 2 for 5 with a home run and three RBIs while Eddie Rosario went 2 for 4 with a home run, a double and two RBIs. Max Kepler had a solo home run and Jonathan Schoop added an RBI to finish off Minnesota’s scoring as a team in the win while Marwin Gonzalez and Byron Buxton each had a double to cap off the Twins’ offense. Jose Berrios threw seven shutout innings, giving up just two hits while striking out 11 to get the win and improve to 10-5 on the year. Michael Pineda will start game three and is 7-5 with a 4.30 ERA and 100 strikeouts this season. This will be Pineda’s second career start against Miami.
The Miami Marlins will look to salvage a win and avoid the sweep after dropping the first two games of the series with Wednesday’s loss. Brian Anderson had a home run and all four Miami RBIs, while Miguel Rojas, Yadiel Rivera, Neil Walker, Starlin Castro and Jon Berti each had a hit as the Fish had six hits as a team in the loss. Sandy Alcantara gave up seven runs on six hits while walking and striking out five apiece to fall to 4-10 on the year with the loss. Jordan Yamamoto will start the finale and is 4-2 with a 3.64 ERA and 41 strikeouts this season.This will be Yamamoto’s first career start against Minnesota.
Minnesota is 5-1 in Pineda’s last 6 road starts and 4-1 in their last 5 games overall while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 Thursday games. Miami is 11-40 in their last 51 Thursday games and 21-44 in their last 65 interleague games against a team with a winning record while the over is 5-1 in Yamamoto’s last 6 starts overall.
The plus money with Miami is tempting considering that the Marlins have potential to provide value on any given day, but the Fish can also forget how to produce offense on any given day as well. Yamamoto is also showing signs of his being a rookie, giving up 11 runs in eight innings across his last two starts. Pineda has had his ups and downs, but a lot of his success has come on the road and he’s allowed two runs or less in six of his last eight starts. I’ll side with the Twins for the sweep and to cut down the juice, I’ll back Minnesota on the RL.