St. Louis Cardinals (22-16) at Minnesota Twins (17-19)
|Date & Time||Tuesday May 15, 2018, 8:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Minnesota Twins -133 / St. Louis Cardinals +123 --- Over/Under: 9
Up at Target Field on Tuesday, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Minnesota Twins will be kicking off their MLB set.
The Cards just finished up against the Padres this weekend. St. Louis won the first pair then lost both weekend games.
For the Tuesday game, the Cardinals will be bringing out RHP Jack Flaherty. In his 10.0 innings and 0-1 record this year, Flaherty has a 3.60 ERA with 11 Ks and five walks.
Leading the way for the Cardinals in hitting this year are Marcell Ozuna and Jose Martinez, each with 40 hits and 12 runs, with 42 RBI and seven homers between them.
As for the Twins, they just finished a one-off versus the Mariners. In that game, Seattle scored the lone run in the eighth for a 1-0 Minnesota loss.
On Tuesday, the Twins are rolling with Jose Berrios in the start. In his 46.0 innings and 3-4 record this year, Berrios has a 4.50 ERA with 40 Ks and nine walks.
Coming out of the weekend, the Twins’ leading hitter was Eddie Rosario with 41 hits, 26 runs, nine homers and 27 RBI. On Monday, Joe Mauer went 1-for-4.
The Cardinals are 8-3 in the last 11 Tuesday games and 5-2 in their last seven following an off day. St. Louis is also 1-4 in Flaherty’s last five starts and 2-6 in their last eight road games.
Meanwhile, the Twins are 9-3 in their last 12 versus the NL Central and 1-7 in their last eight during game one of a series. Minnesota is also 10-2 in Berrios’ last 12 home starts and 4-1 in his last five starts with four days’ rest.
Flaherty has been pretty choppy this year, and he’s given up eight earned over his last 15.0 innings. As for Berrios, he’s been worse, with 18 earned surrendered over his last four starts. I’m going to go with the Cardinals here, so long as their offense can provide a little support.