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Philadelphia Phillies vs. Minnesota Twins - 4/6/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Minnesota Twins at Philadelphia Phillies
Date & Time Saturday April 6, 2019, 2:05 PM (EDT)
Citizens Bank Park
Philadelphia, PA
The Line
Philadelphia Phillies -147 / Minnesota Twins +125
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The Minnesota Twins and the Philadelphia Phillies meet in game two of their three game interleague set in MLB action from Citizens Bank Park on Saturday afternoon.

The Minnesota Twins will look to rebound after dropping game one of the series on Friday by a final score of 10-4. Max Kepler led the Twins with a home run and two RBIs while Jorge Polanco went a perfect 5 of 5 at the dish, hitting for the cycle including a solo home run. Jake Cave chipped in an RBI to round out Minnesota’s scoring in the loss. Jonathan Schoop went 2 for 4 at the dish while Eddie Rosario and Ehire Adrianza each chipped in a base hit to finish off Minnesota’s offense in the loss. Jake Odorizzi didn’t make it out of the first inning, allowing five runs, four earned, on two hits while walking three. Michael Pineda will start game two and is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 5 strikeouts this season. In his career, Pineda is 1-1 with an 8.68 ERA and 5 strikeouts against Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia Phillies will look to keep building steam after their win in game one on Friday. Rhys Hoskins led the Phils with four RBIs, going 3 for 4 at the dish while Maikel Franco had two RBIs with a double. Aaron Altherr and Jean Segura each had a double and an RBI while Odubel Herrera went 3 for 5 and Andrew McCutchen added a base hit as well in the winning effort. Nick Pivetta got the win, allowing four runs, three earned, on nine hits while striking out four over five innings of work. Jake Arrieta will start game two and is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA and 6 strikeouts this season. In his career, Arrieta is 3-1 with a 2.90 ERA and 20 strikeouts against Minnesota.

Minnesota is 3-10 in their last 13 interleague games and 0-7 in their last 7 interleague road games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games against the NL East. Philadelphia is 1-4 in Arrieta’s last 5 starts and 7-1 in their last 8 games overall while the over is 5-2 in Arrieta’s last 7 home starts.

The plus money is tempting considering how well Pineda pitched in his season debut and how Arrieta issued six walks in his first start of the year. However, Minnesota has had issues in interleague play dating back to last season and Arrieta has the more potent offensive unit behind him. The Phillies have been stronger out of the gate and I look for Philadelphia to build on what they started in game one, so I’ll lay the juice with the home team here.

Philadelphia Phillies -147

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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