Twins vs Cardinals MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction, From Target Field on Tuesday, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Minnesota Twins will be kicking off their MLB set Series preview:
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After Minnesota’s two-game sweep in St. Louis last week in which the Twins outscored the Cardinals 13-1, the interleague career series is even at 12-12. Minnesota has continued winning after it left St. Louis, running its stretch to seven wins in its last nine games before Monday’s makeup against Seattle.
Tuesday, 7:10 p.m.
RH Jack Flaherty (0-1, 3.60 ERA) vs. RH Jose Berrios (3-4, 4.50)
Wednesday, 12:10 p.m.
RH Miles Mikolas (5-0, 2.51) vs. RH Lance Lynn (1-3, 7.34).
The featured pitching pairing of the two-game set will be Wednesday when former Cardinal Lance Lynn, 1-3, with a 7.34 earned run average in seven starts, will face the man who basically replaced him in Cardinals righthander Miles Mikolas (5-0, 2.51).
Mikolas had a poor start to spring training. Lynn, a late free-agent signing, had virtually no spring training. Mikolas has walked three hitters in 46 2/3 innings. Lynn has passed 25 in 34 1/3 innings, the worst ratio for an American League starter.
Former Cardinals reliever Zach Duke allowed his first earned run in 13 appearances for the Twins when he lost to the Los Angeles Angels 2-1 on Sunday.
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.