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Pirates vs. Twins - 5/20/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Minnesota Twins (21-17) at Pittsburgh Pirates (18-20)
Date & Time Wednesday May 20, 2015, 7:05 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -148 / Minnesota Twins +138 --- Over/Under: 8
TV Channel
FSN-N, ROOT-PIT
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MLB | Minnesota Twins (21-17) at Pittsburgh Pirates (18-20)
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The Minnesota Twins and Pittsburgh Pirates end their two-game series Wednesday night.

The Minnesota Twins look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Twins have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Twins have won 11 straight games when scoring more than three runs. Joe Mauer leads Minny with 42 hits and 23 RBI while Torii Hunter and Brian Dozier have combined for 41 RBI. The Minnesota Twins have won six of their last nine games on the road. Mike Pelfrey gets the ball, and he’s 3-1 with a 3.23 ERA and 17 strikeouts this season. Pelfrey is 3-2 with a 4.78 ERA and 22 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.

The Pittsburgh Pirates look for a win after losing five of their last six games. The Pirates have scored nine runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The Pirates have won five of their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Starling Marte leads Pittsburgh with 41 hits and 26 RBI while Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez have combined for 39 RBI. The Pittsburgh Pirates have split their last six home games. Jeff Locke takes the hill, and he’s 2-2 with a 5.40 ERA and 30 strikeouts this season. This will be Locke’s first career game against the Twins.

The Twins are 6-1 in their last 7 during game 2 of a series and  5-1 in Pelfreys last 6 starts. The Pirates are 4-9 in their last 13 during game 2 of a series and 11-2 in Lockes last 13 home starts. The Twins are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Pittsburgh. 

The Twins continue to play decent ball and have provided value as of late as a dog. The Pirates aren't worth the chalk they're getting, especially with Locke on the hill who has struggled. I like the Twins in this spot. 

Pick:
Minnesota Twins +138

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