Minnesota Twins (2-2) at Pittsburgh Pirates (4-0)
|Date & Time||Wednesday April 4, 2018, 6:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -110 / Minnesota Twins +100 --- Over/Under: 8
We have some interleave action on Wednesday’s MLB slate as the Minnesota Twins and the Pittsburgh Pirates face off in the finale of their mini two game set from PNC Park.
The Minnesota Twins will look to salvage a split after dropping game one by a final score of 5-4. Brian Dozier led the way by hitting his team-leading 3rd home run of the year, while Eduardo Escobar and Max Kepler each added a double and an RBI to finish off the scoring for the Twins in the loss. Miguel Sano added a double of his own, while Joe Mauer and Eddie Rosario chipped in a base hit each to finish off the offense for Minnesota in the losing effort. Lance Lynn didn’t have a good debut for his new team, giving up all five runs on three hits while walking six and striking out three over four innings of work to fall to 0-1 this season. Jake Odorizzi will start the finale and is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 7 strikeouts this season. This will be Odorizzi’s first career start against Pittsburgh.
The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to complete their second straight series sweep and remain unbeaten after their game one victory on Monday. Colin Moran led the team by going 1 for 3 with a grand slam, while Gregory Polanco added an RBI double to round out the 5-run first inning that Pittsburgh rode all the way to the finish line. Josh Bell, Jordy Mercer and Sean Rodriguez each contributed a base hit to the cause to round out the offense in the winning effort for the Buccos. Jameson Taillon threw 5.1 innings, giving up two runs on four hits while striking out nine for the win to improve to 1-0 while George Kontos closed out the 9th for his 1st save of the year. Ivan Nova will start game two and is 0-0 with a 3.60 ERA and 4 strikeouts this season. In his career, Nova is 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA and 8 strikeouts against Minnesota.
Minnesota is 10-2 in their last 12 interleave games and 2-6 in their last 8 road games while the under is 7-2 in their last 9 games against a right-handed starter. Pittsburgh is 7-0 in their last 7 games overall and 6-1 in Nova’s last 7 home starts while the over is 12-2 in their last 14 games against the AL Central. The over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.
Nova has solid numbers against Minnesota on the surface, but he hasn’t faced the Twins since 2011 as a member of the Yankees so I feel like you can kinda put those to the side. Pittsburgh’s strong start is a nice story, but all good things have to come to an end eventually. Pittsburgh’s offense came to a screeching halt after the first inning in the opener, and while the Twins didn’t get the win, they come in with more momentum offensively and Odorizzi, despite not getting the win in his first start, threw really well, and I think you combine all of that and it equals a series split and a Twins victory on Wednesday.