Milwaukee Brewers vs Minnesota Twins Prediction, 8/20/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Milwaukee Brewers vs Minnesota Twins
Date: Thursday, August 20, 2020
Location: Target Field in Minneapolis, MN
Odds/Point Spread: Brewers (+128) Twins (-138)
Nelson Cruz and the Minnesota Twins (16-8, 1st in AL Central) play the Milwaukee Brewers (10-11, 2nd in NL Central) at Target Field on Thursday. The Brewers open this matchup at +128 while the Twins are coming in at -138. The total has been set at 8.5. The pitchers taking the mound will be Brandon Woodruff and Jose Berrios.
Key Milwaukee Brewers Injuries
8/13/2020 Ray Black RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 4
8/13/2020 Justin Grimm RP Finger Expected to be out until at least Aug 23
Key Minnesota Twins Injuries
8/19/2020 Luis Arraez 2B Knee Expected to be out until at least Aug 20
8/14/2020 Josh Donaldson 3B Calf Expected to be out until at least Aug 20
8/13/2020 Cody Stashak RP Back Expected to be out until at least Aug 24
8/9/2020 Homer Bailey SP Biceps Expected to be out until at least Aug 21
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Brewers have a 10-11 overall record this season. Woodruff (17-7 career mark) sits with a FIP of 3.36 and he has gone up against 956 hitters in the majors. His earned run average is 3.80 (98 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.176. He has allowed 208 base hits (8.1 hits per 9 innings) and has 65 walks. Woodruff has thrown 232 innings and has earned 252 strikeouts in his MLB career. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.00 and they have given up 67 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .169 against the bullpen and they've struck out 128 hitters and walked 38 batters. As a team, Milwaukee allows 7.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 10.9 batters per nine innings. They are 11th in the league in team earned run average at 4.07. The Brewers pitchers collectively have given up 156 base hits and 86 earned runs. They have allowed 27 home runs this season, ranking them 21st in the league. Milwaukee as a pitching staff has walked 81 batters and struck out 231. They have walked 3.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 10.9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.25 and their FIP as a unit is 4.14.
As a team Milwaukee is hitting .214, good for 28th in the league. The Brewers hold a .354 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .291, which is good for 29th in baseball. They rank 24th in MLB with 7.2 hits per game. Christian Yelich is hitting .189 with an on-base percentage of .318. He has 14 hits this season in 74 at bats with 12 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .459 and an OPS+ of 106. Orlando Arcia is hitting .292 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .333. He has totaled 14 hits and he has driven in 8 men in 48 at bats. His OPS+ is 106 while his slugging percentage is at .438. The Brewers have 152 hits, including 29 doubles and 21 home runs. Milwaukee has walked 66 times so far this season and they have struck out 217 times as a unit. They have left 131 men on base and have a team OPS of .646. They score 3.95 runs per contest and have scored a total of 83 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Berrios (44-37 career record) has earned a 4.28 ERA while allowing 8.5 hits per nine innings. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.93 and he has gone up against 2,647 hitters so far in his career. So far in his pro baseball career, Berrios has conceded 585 base hits while tallying 609 strikeouts in 621 innings pitched. He has allowed a total of 295 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.277 and a FIP of 4.2. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.23 and they have given up 84 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .213 against the Twins bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 112 batters and walked 30 opposing hitters. As a team, Minnesota allows 7.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.9 batters per nine innings. They are 3rd in the league in team earned run average at 3.22. The Twins pitchers as a team have surrendered 165 base knocks and 75 earned runs this season. They have given up 29 home runs this year, which ranks 14th in Major League Baseball. Minnesota as a staff has walked 66 hitters and struck out 208 batters. They give up a walk 2.8 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.10 while their FIP as a staff is 3.96.
As a team, they are batting .234, good for 18th in the league. The Twins hold a .408 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .315, which is good for 18th in baseball. They rank 21st in MLB with 7.5 hits per contest. Nelson Cruz comes into this matchup batting .337 with an OBP of .418. He has 29 hits this year along with 23 RBI in 86 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .663 with an OPS+ of 194. Jorge Polanco is hitting .300 this season and he has an OBP of .344. He has collected 27 hits in 90 at bats while driving in 12 runs. He has an OPS+ of 101 and a slugging percentage of .378. The Twins as a unit have 181 base hits, including 24 doubles and 37 homers. Minnesota has walked 83 times this year and they have struck out on 210 occasions. They have had 148 men left on base and have an OPS of .723. They have scored 4.83 runs per game and totaled 116 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Brewers/Twins MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Brewers (+128)
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