MLB Baseball Odds, Twins vs Cardinals Betting Predictions

Twins at Cardinals Picks

By Mike Rose

Interleague play gets the ESPN Monday Night Baseball treatment when Paul Molitor’s Minnesota Twins invades Busch Stadium for an abbreviated two-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals. These franchises last crossed paths back in 2015 when the Redbirds went into the Twin Cities and got the brooms busted out on them by the Twinkies at Target Field. Both meetings combined for low scorers pushing the under to a lucrative 9-0 in the team’s last nine skirmishes.

Minnesota Twins at St. Louis Cardinals
Date and Time: Monday, May 7, 2018, 8 p.m. ET
Location: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO
MLB Odds: Check Back Later
Probable Pitchers: Fernando Romero vs. Carlos Martinez
Twins at Cardinals TV Coverage: ESPN

The Twins got out to a semi-decent start to their 2018 campaign by rattling off wins in eight of their first 13 games. Then they went on to drop eight straight games and completely fell off the mat. Since snapping the losing streak, they’ve managed just one win in their last four tries. Overall, the Twins have proven to be one of the bigger money burners in the league costing MLB bettors upwards of $700 overall.

A bulk of that deficit has been incurred on the road where Eddie Rosario and his mates have secured just three wins through 12 tries ( -$591 ). This is a team that ranks No. 20 in the league in scoring runs ( 4.1 RPG ) and has produced the fewest quality starts ( 8 ). On top of all that, the bullpen sports a sickening 5.93 ERA while the defense has committed 17 errors ( No. 16 ). This team has no doubt taken a step backwards through the first five weeks after qualifying for the play-in game a short season ago.

Since dropping two of three to the Brewers back on April 11, the Cardinals have been one of the hottest teams in the league. Yadier Molina and his mates have rattled off wins in 11 of their last 17 opportunities. In doing so, they currently sit a half game in back of the Brewers for the NL Central lead and rank out as the twelfth most lucrative team to wager on in baseball ( $225 ).

However, nothing about this team jumps off the page when you break it down statistically. The offense is league average in scoring 4.6 runs per game while batting .235 overall ( No. 24 ). The pitching staff has thrown to the No. 4 ranked ERA ( 3.32 ) and amassed 14 quality starts, but the defense is below average in fielding percentage and I’m not sure you can trust the bullpen entirely regardless of Bud Norris currently in good form. Still, the team has protected its house in winning nine of 14 in front of the hometown faithful ( $167 ), and gets the advantage of playing there in the series opener.

Pitching Matchup

Fernando Romero –The youngster impressed in his 2018 debut by tossing 5.2 innings of shutout baseball at the Toronto Blue jays to log his first career win in the big leagues. Though he issued a trio of free passes, he also racked up 5five strikeouts. He’s proven to be a reliable strikeout pitcher at all levels, but will have his work cut out for him in this spot versus a Cardinals lineup that’s been the tenth toughest lineup to punch out. He does have the advantage of St. Louis hitting lefties better than righties.

Carlos Martinez – C-Mart is starting to once again pitch like the ace Mike Matheny had hoped for last season. He’ll enter his eighth start of the year 3-1 with a miniscule 1.40 ERA and 1.04 WHIP. Though his BB/9 average sits at 3.8, he’s offset the free passes by racking up 45 strikeouts in 45 total innings of work. Like his offense, Minnesota has been average against right-handed pitching ( No. 17 ). He’s been nearly untouchable at home where his ERA falls to 1.07 and BAA to .205. St. Louis has won all four of his home starts, and he’s only conceded 2 ER in his last three starts.

Baseball Betting Picks

Twins at Cardinals Picks

As much as I want to believe Minnesota has what it takes to take down the Cardinals ace, I just don’t see it happening. Pitching at home against Toronto is a much different scenario than tossing in hostile Busch in your very first road test at the MLB level. That’s something I don’t foresee Romero conquering in this spot. He looks to be a viable arm that will give Molitor and his staff solid innings down the road, but he’s simply not prepared for this challenge. All things being equal, Minnesota’s only shot of beating the MLB betting lines at the best online sportsbooks would be if St. Louis suffers a major letdown after taking on the Cubs the previous three days. While that’s entirely possible, I’m not willing to bank on it.

MLB Pick: Bet the Cardinals at BookMaker.eu
MLB Score Prediction: St. Louis 8 – Minnesota 2

Baseball Predictions, Los Angeles Angels vs. Washington Nationals Lines

Angels vs. Nationals Series Preview

By Mike Rose

Los Angeles Angels vs. Washington Nationals Lines

A huge week lies ahead for the Los Angeles Angels who currently own the second wild card slot in the American League. Five teams sit within 2.5 games of them in the standings, so it’s imperative the team succeeds on the road over the next week. Up first is a trip to D.C. where the NL East leading Washington Nationals will go at them without the services of Bryce Harper who suffered a mighty injury scare of the weekend.

Los Angeles Angels vs. Washington Nationals

Dates: Tuesday, August 15 – Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Location: Nationals Park

Don’t look now, but the Halos are making their run towards securing a bid into the postseason. Winners of six straight and off a huge road sweep at Seattle that saw them take four straight from the division rival Mariners, Mike Scioscia’s squad continues its road trip on the east coast where it will look to improve upon their 28-32 record as visitors( $668 ).

The Nationals suffered a huge scare on Saturday night when they watched Bryce Harper go down like a house of cards on a close play at first base. Test results later confirmed there were no broken bones or ligament damage, so the All-Star right fielder will be back for the stretch run. Washington holds an enormous 14 game lead atop the NL East standings, so there’s no reason to rush their superstar back.

Game 1 Probable Pitchers – Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 7:05 p.m. ET ( Local )

Tyler Skaggs vs. Gio Gonzalez

Skaggs’ return from the DL has been decent with the youngster holding the A’s and Mariners to 11 hits and just 3 ER with a K/BB ratio of 8:5 through 10.1 total innings. He was much better in his most recent turn shutting Seattle out through 6.1 innings. The three walks were a concern however, and he’ll now run up against a Nats offense ranked 15th in the league at taking free passes. The lefty was electric in his lone appearance against Washington back in 2014 when he limited Anthony Rendon and company to just three hits and 2 ER through seven innings. LA has split his four road starts where he’s pitched to a 2.28 ERA and 1.10 WHIP over 23.2 innings. The under cashed in three of those contests.

Gio Gonzalez continues to put forth a season for the ages. The veteran will enter start No. 24 with an impressive 2.59 ERA and .209 BAA through his 149.1 total innings of work. The lefty will be gunning for win No. 16 in his twelfth home start of the season. Gio has shined in his home digs where he’s allowed just 52 hits through 69.1 innings and pitched to a stellar 1.95 ERA. Each of his last three starts have been of quality, and he should be in line for another good outing in this one matched up against a Halos offense hitting just .239 versus left-handers ( No. 23 ). Washington’s just 5-6 in his 11 home starts with the under cashing in seven of those outings.

Game 2 Probable Pitchers – Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 1:05 p.m. ET ( MLB Network)

Ricky Nolasco vs. Tanner Roark

The Nats will be licking their chops about the prospects of stepping into the box to face Nolasco whose been nothing short of wretched in his last two turns. It all started with him getting shellacked for nine hits ( 1 HR ) and 5 ER against the A’s at home back on August 6. That gory outing was followed up with another nightmarish stint on the road in Seattle where the Mariners ripped him for seven hits ( 2 HR ) and another 5 ER through five innings. The veteran has failed to pitch past the fifth inning in three of his last five starts, and will take a 2-7 record and 5.37 ERA with him on the road to D.C. for his 25th start of the season. LA has dropped nine of his 12 road starts with the under cashing at a 7-4-1 clip.

Since navigating through some choppy water through the end of June, Roark has turned it around in a big way tossing quality efforts four of the last six times he took to the starting bump. His last two appearances have been nearly identical with him holding the Cubs to just five hits and 2 ER through 6.1 innings, and following it up with another six innings of four hit and 2 ER ball at home against the Marlins in his last turn. The outing snapped a string of four straight non-quality starts in front of the hometown faithful, and moved him to 3-5 with a 5.24 ERA in D.C. Another solid performance wouldn’t come as a shock with the Halos 40-42 and averaging just 4.2 runs per game against right-handed pitching ( No. 26 ).