Milwaukee Brewers at Minnesota Twins
|Date & Time||Monday May 27, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
Minnesota Twins -120 / Milwaukee Brewers +100
The Milwaukee Brewers and the Minnesota Twins meet in the opener of a mini two-game interleague set in MLB action from Target Field on Monday night.
The Milwaukee Brewers will look to build some steam after salvaging a 9-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies in their series finale on Sunday, avoiding the sweep in the process. Ben Gamel had a pair of home runs and three RBIs, while Yasmani Grandal and Brandon Woodruff each had two RBIs with Woodruff doubling while Grandal doubled. Christian Yelich and Hernan Perez each had a solo home run to round out Milwaukee’s scoring as a team in the win while Ryan Braun had a pair of doubles. Eric Thames added a base hit as well in the victory. Woodruff got the win on the mound to improve to 7-1 on the year after allowing just a solo home run while striking out ten over eight innings of work. Gio Gonzalez will start game one and is 2-1 with a 2.39 ERA and 19 strikeouts this season. In his career, Gonzalez is 3-3 with a 6.43 ERA and 41 strikeouts against Minnesota.
The Minnesota Twins will look to keep their momentum going after sweeping the Chicago White Sox following a 7-0 win in the series finale on Sunday for their sixth straight victory. Max Kepler went 2 for 4 with a home run, a double and four RBIs while Eddie Rosario added a home run and three RBIs to round out Minnesota’s scoring as a team in the win. Willians Astudillo, Jason Castro and Byron Buxton each added a base hit as well to round out Minnesota’s offense as a team as the Twins had just six hits combined in the win. Jake Odorizzi got the win to improve to 7-2 on the year after throwing 5.1 shutout innings, giving up just one hit while striking out nine. Michael Pineda will start the opener and is 4-3 with a 5.43 ERA and 44 strikeouts this season. This will be Pineda’s first career start against Milwaukee.
Milwaukee is 9-3 in Gonzalez’s last 12 starts and 0-6 in their last 6 interleague road games while the under is 22-8-1 in their last 31 road games. Minnesota is 2-5 in Pineda’s last 7 starts and 47-20 in their last 67 home games while the over is 9-3-1 in their last 13 games against a left-handed starter. Milwaukee is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.
The even/plus money with Milwaukee is tempting considering that Pineda has allowed at least three runs in each of his last eight starts. However, Minnesota is red hot and has been one of the hottest teams in the majors over the last month or so. Gonzalez has been solid so far for the Brewers, but he’s coming off of his worst start of the season and Milwaukee has been a sub-.500 team on the road while the Twins have been hard to beat at home and when you factor in the low line, I think you have to side with Minnesota to draw first blood on Monday.