Philadelphia Phillies vs. Minnesota Twins - 4/5/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Twins at Philadelphia Phillies
Friday, April 5, 2019 at 6:05 PM (Citizens Bank Park)
Philadelphia Phillies -141 / Minnesota Twins +121
The Minnesota Twins and the Philadelphia Phillies meet in game one of a three game interleague set in MLB action from Citizens’ Bank Park on Friday night.
The Minnesota Twins will look to continue their strong start, winning 4 of their first 5 games after a 7-6 win over Kansas City in their last outing. Max Kepler and Mitch Garver each had two RBIs, with Garver going 3 for 4 with a double. Willians Astudillo and Eddie Rosario each had a double and an RBI with Astudillo batting 3 for 5 while Rosario went 2 for 4 at the dish. Ehire Adrianza added an RBI to round out Minnesota’s scoring in the win while Jorge Polanco and Tyler Austin each chipped in a double to finish off the Twins’ offense. Kyle Gibson went 4.2 innings, allowing all six runs, five earned, on eight hits, not factoring in the decision. Trevor May got the win to improve to 1-0 while Blake Parker picked up his 2nd save of the year. Jake Odorizzi will start game one and is 0-0 with a 1.50 ERA and 11 strikeouts this season. This will be Odorizzi’s second career start against Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Phillies will look to rebound from their first loss of the season coming in the form of a 9-8 loss to Washington last time out. Andrew McCutchen led the Phillies with three RBIs along with a double while J.T. Realmuto and Cesar Hernandez each had a double and an RBI. Jean Segura went 2 for 5 with an RBI while Rhys Hoskins and Nick Williams each added a run on the board as well. Bryce Harper had a pair of base hits while Odubel Herrera added a base hit as well in the victory. Aaron Nola went three innings, allowing six runs on five hits, not factoring in the decision. Seranthony Dominguez received his 1st blown save of the year while David Robertson took the loss to fall to 0-1. Nick Pivetta will start game one and is 0-0 with a 7.71 ERA and 4 strikeouts this season. This will be Pivetta’s first career start against Minnesota.
Minnesota is 10-1 in their last 11 games overall and 1-6 in Odorizzi’s last 7 road starts while the over is 8-3 in their last 11 road games against a right-handed starter. Philadelphia is 1-5 in Pivetta’s last 6 starts and 6-1 in their last 7 games overall while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games against the AL Central. Minnesota is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Philadelphia.
Odorizzi was the better starter of the two here in their respective debuts so the plus money with Minnesota is worth a look here given that Pivetta’s last 9.1 innings have seen 10 earned runs given up. However, Philadelphia has been the much more impressive team out of the gate, and even in defeat, the Phils still put up eight runs. I just don’t see Minnesota being able to do enough to keep up with the Phillies offensively, so I’ll side with Philadelphia to draw first blood on Friday with a win here.