Minnesota Twins vs St. Louis Cardinals Prediction, 9/8/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Twins vs St. Louis Cardinals
Date: Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Location: Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO
Odds/Point Spread: Twins (-120) Cardinals (+110)
Busch Stadium is the venue where Tommy Edman and the St. Louis Cardinals (17-15, 2nd in NL Central) will take on the Minnesota Twins (25-17, 3rd in AL Central) on Tuesday. The Twins open this game at -120 while the Cardinals are priced at +110. The total is set at 7. The pitchers who are expected to start are Jose Berrios and Carlos Martinez.
Key Minnesota Twins Injuries
9/7/2020 Nelson Cruz DH Hip Expected to be out until at least Sep 8
9/6/2020 Jake Odorizzi SP Abdomen Expected to be out until at least Sep 11
9/6/2020 Homer Bailey SP Biceps Expected to be out until at least Sep 18
9/5/2020 Alex Avila C Back Expected to be out until at least Sep 18
9/4/2020 Max Kepler RF Groin Expected to be out until at least Sep 13
8/31/2020 Mitch Garver C Side Expected to be out until at least Sep 19
Key St. Louis Cardinals Injuries
9/6/2020 Kwang Hyun Kim SP Chest Expected to be out until at least Sep 12
9/4/2020 Kodi Whitley RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 24
9/4/2020 Austin Dean LF Not Injury Related Expected to be out until at least Sep 8
9/2/2020 Dexter Fowler RF Not Injury Related Expected to be out until at least Sep 16
9/2/2020 Carlos Martinez SP Not Injury Related Expected to be out until at least Sep 8
8/31/2020 Ricardo Sanchez RP Elbow Out for the season
8/11/2020 Miles Mikolas SP Forearm Out for the season
6/28/2020 John Brebbia RP Elbow Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Twins have a 25-17 overall record this season. Berrios has pitched in 639 innings and has accounted for 632 punchouts during his career. His ERA is 4.21 (299 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.269. He has surrendered 596 hits (8.4 hits per 9 innings) and has 215 walks. Berrios (46-37 win-loss mark in his career) has a FIP of 4.12 while going up against 2,718 opposing batters during his time in the majors. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.83 and they have given up 162 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .230 against the bullpen and they've struck out 193 hitters and walked 53 batters. As a team, Minnesota allows 8.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.2 batters per nine innings. They are 5th in the league in team earned run average at 3.67. The Twins pitchers collectively have given up 323 base hits and 146 earned runs. They have allowed 49 home runs this season, ranking them 19th in the league. Minnesota as a pitching staff has walked 117 batters and struck out 368. They have walked 2.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.2 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.23 and their FIP as a unit is 3.94.
As a team Minnesota is hitting .244, good for 16th in the league. The Twins hold a .407 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .318, which is good for 21st in baseball. They rank 17th in MLB with 7.9 hits per game. Miguel Sano is hitting .240 with an on-base percentage of .333. He has 31 hits this season in 129 at bats with 18 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .543 and an OPS+ of 136. Byron Buxton is hitting .238 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .241. He has totaled 19 hits and he has driven in 14 men in 80 at bats. His OPS+ is 81 while his slugging percentage is at .438. The Twins have 331 hits, including 50 doubles and 56 home runs. Minnesota has walked 135 times so far this season and they have struck out 364 times as a unit. They have left 272 men on base and have a team OPS of .726. They score 4.45 runs per contest and have scored a total of 187 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
During his career, Martinez has conceded 783 hits while he has tallied 855 strikeouts in 868 innings pitched. He has given up a total of 329 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.280 and having a FIP of 3.6. His strikeout to walk ratio is 2.61 and he has faced 3,673 opposing batters during his pro baseball career. Martinez (58-41 career record) has a 3.41 earned run average and has conceded 8.1 hits per nine innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.73 and they have given up 85 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .175 against the Cardinals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 116 batters and walked 57 opposing hitters. As a team, St. Louis allows 6.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.3 batters per nine innings. They are 3rd in the league in team earned run average at 3.48. The Cardinals pitchers as a team have surrendered 190 base knocks and 103 earned runs this season. They have given up 37 home runs this year, which ranks 30th in Major League Baseball. St. Louis as a staff has walked 113 hitters and struck out 245 batters. They give up a walk 3.8 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.3 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.14 while their FIP as a staff is 4.57.
As a team, they are batting .246, good for 15th in the league. The Cardinals hold a .394 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .340, which is good for 2nd in baseball. They rank 20th in MLB with 7.6 hits per contest. Tommy Edman comes into this matchup batting .263 with an OBP of .320. He has 30 hits this year along with 14 RBI in 114 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .377 with an OPS+ of 89. Kolten Wong is hitting .257 this season and he has an OBP of .356. He has collected 26 hits in 101 at bats while driving in 8 runs. He has an OPS+ of 86 and a slugging percentage of .317. The Cardinals as a unit have 244 base hits, including 48 doubles and 30 homers. St. Louis has walked 123 times this year and they have struck out on 248 occasions. They have had 210 men left on base and have an OPS of .734. They have scored 4.47 runs per game and totaled 143 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Twins/Cardinals MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Cardinals (+110)
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