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2021 MLB Handicapping
(57-75) Chicago Cubs vs. Minnesota Twins (57-73)
Date: Tuesday, August 31st
Time: 8:10 PM ET
Venue: Target Field, Minneapolis Minnesota
Projected Pitchers: Zach Davies vs. John Gant
MLB Moneyline Odds: Cubs +125 | Twins -145
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Twins -1.5 (+125)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 9.5
The Cubs and Twins meet up for a 3-game interleague series in Minneapolis starting Tuesday. The Twins held on for a 3-2 makeup game win on Monday afternoon in Detroit, and are playing well after also taking 2 of 3 at home over Milwaukee the past weekend.
Chicago managed to snagged one from the crosstown rival White Sox over the weekend, but were absolutely pummeled in the other two 17-13 and 13-1. Aside from a 7-0 win over the Sox on Saturday, the Cubs have given up 43 runs in three of their last four.
The Cubs have lost three of their last four, two of those defeats coming when they have scored 10+ runs. Chicago couldn’t hold on for a win on Friday night even after scoring 6 runs in the top of the 1st inning, ultimately falling 17-13 to the South Siders.
That obviously points to a big weakness in the Chicago pitching staff as they have brought up a bevy of youngsters to try and see what the future holds. Guys like Keegan Thompson, Justin Steele, and Adrian Sampson have started in the past two weeks, and you’ll need a program to see who is coming out of the Cubs bullpen.
It will be one of the experienced guys taking the hill on Tuesday night though as Zach Davies (6-10, 5.00 ERA) is up in the rotation. He’s having the worst season of his career though, giving up 4+ ER in 4 of his last 6 starts.
Davies does have a couple decent outings lately though, allowing just 2 ER over 4.2 IP to the Rockies last time out and holding Miami scoreless over 6.0 IP on August 14th. Davies has also allowed just 4 HR in 12 road starts this year compared to 17 in 15 outings at Wrigley.
Minnesota got a 2-run HR from Josh Donaldson on Monday and another solid outing from Bailey Ober to pick up the win in Detroit. Counting taking two from the Brewers over the weekend, it’s been a nice little rebound after the Twins were 1-5 in trips to Boston and Yankee Stadium.
Donaldson has found his late season stride with 5 HRs and 10 RBI over his last 10 games. Byron Buxton also got his first hit since returning from the I.L in Monday’s win, so the Twins are hoping that starts opening up the flood gates. Minnesota is also 11 for 26 (.423) as a team vs. Davies.
John Gant (4-8, 4.00 ERA) hopes to give Rocco Baldelli another quality start just like Ober did on Monday. That could be a tall order though, as Gant hasn’t gotten out of the 4th in his two starts since converting from a reliever, giving up 4 ER in each of those games – both Twins losses.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Cubs are 16-35 last 51 games following a loss
- Cubs are 15-42 last 57 overall
- Cubs are 8-23 last 31 road games
- Cubs are 12-39 last 51 as an underdog
- Twins are 4-1 last 5 as a favorite
- Twins are 6-2 last 8 home games
- Twins are 4-9 last 13 vs. team with a losing record
- Twins are 2-6 last 8 head to head meetings
Free Chicago Cubs vs. Minnesota Twins MLB Prediction:
This one really comes down to whether you get good Davies or bad Davies. Minnesota has absolutely smashed the Cubs starter, but Davies does fare better away from Wrigley Field this year, at least in terms of giving up the long ball.
One thing for certain is that the Gant experiment as a starter is not working for the Twins. The Cubs have produced some big offensive games as of late, a trend which should continue on Tuesday.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Cubs +125
If Davies can keep Minnesota under 7 the Cubs should take this one.
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