Free MLB Pick: Cubs vs Twins Odds
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2021 MLB Handicapping
(58-75) Chicago Cubs vs. Minnesota Twins (58-74)
Date: Wednesday, September 1st
Time: 8:10 PM ET
Venue: Target Field, Minneapolis Minnesota
Projected Pitchers: Justin Steele vs. Joe Ryan
MLB Moneyline Odds: Cubs +145 | Twins -170
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Twins -1.5 (OFF)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 9
The line for the Cubs and Twins meeting on Wednesday night seems to be sky high, with Minnesota priced at -170 despite losing Tuesday’s series opener 3-1. It’s true Chicago really only has two opportunities to win each week when Kyle Hendricks and/or Zach Davies takes the mound, but the Twins aren’t exactly loaded with pitching depth either.
Tuesday’s loss was a rough one for the Twins, as they did have some momentum after taking 2 of 3 at home vs. the Brewers over the weekend and getting a 3-2 victory in a make-up game in Detroit on Monday. We would guess this puts Minnesota in a bounce back spot on Wednesday.
The Cubs look like they’ll be a dangerous team to bet against over this last month of the season. Chicago has dropped 3 of their last 5, but in two of those losses they scored a combined 23 runs.
What gives Chicago value each and every night (and Wednesday at +129) is that they’ve brought up a bunch of young and hungry guys that are fighting for their MLB careers. Frank Schwindel for instance homered in the 1st inning to get the Cubs off on the right track. Ian Happ also went yard as he moves into more of a veteran role on this squad.
The big question for David Ross is what he can get outside of Hendricks and Davies in the rotation? Chicago lost all three of Justin Steele’s starts in August, but hope to start anew as the calendar turns to September. Steele hasn’t been great or horrible, giving up 9 runs over 12.2 innings over three starts in the rotation.
The Twins were absolutely stymied by Davies on Monday, managing just 1 run over 4.1 IP against a pitcher who has had his ups and downs over the past month. Even worse is the fact that Minnesota couldn’t produce even a run against a patchwork Cubs bullpen that threw 4.2 innings of shutout ball.
Neither pitcher has faced a member of the opposing team in Wednesday’s interleague matchup, meaning the Twins will get their first look at Steele. Will that be an advantage for a player like Josh Donaldson, who cooled off with an 0 for 3 Tuesday after hitting 5 HRs in his previous 9 games?
Minnesota also sends a youngster to the mound in Wednesday night’s matchup as Joe Ryan makes his MLB debut. We last saw Ryan pitching for Team USA in the Tokyo Olympics where he struck out 9 of 12 batters over 4 innings pitched.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Cubs are 9-23 last 32 road games
- Cubs are 16-42 last 58 overall
- Cubs are 3-8 last 11 vs. team with a losing record
- Twins are 6-2 last 8 home games
- Twins are 4-1 last 5 as a favorite
- Twins are 6-16 last 22 home games vs. LH starter
Free Chicago Cubs vs. Minnesota Twins MLB Prediction:
This game looks like the definition of a toss up. Ryan looked good in Tokyo, but the MLB is a whole different ball game. At the same time Steele hasn’t exactly been the reincarnation of Greg Maddux for the Cubs in his brief stint as a major league starter either.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Cubs +145
In a coin flip game you go with the team that has a better return on investment, and that’s easily Chicago in this spot.
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