Baseball odds preview - Minnesota vs. Pittsburgh
Minnesota Twins vs Pittsburgh Pirates Odds
Minnesota travels to Pittsburgh for inter-league play on Wednesday, hoping to secure a victory over the Pirates.
The Pirates will rely on Erik Bedard to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one, while Francisco Liriano will be his counterpart for the Twins. Erik Bedard is 4-7 this season, and Francisco Liriano is 1-7.
If you're backing the visitors in this one, you'll find the Twins listed as underdogs of +-140 at most sportsbooks. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 7.5, depending on the book.
The Pirates sit at No. 12 in the National League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Twins sit at an American League No. 14 on the same chart.
How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Pittsburgh has the National League's No. 15-rated offensive output, at 7.5 hits per game. The Twins average 8.8 hits per game, good for No. 6 on the American League list.
Pittsburgh owns the National League's No. 3 defense, allowing 3.7 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Minnesota's American League No. 14-rated defense.
In their last action, Minnesota was a 7-2 loser on the road against the Pirates. Bettors on Pittsburgh at -110 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (9) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. The Twins endured a 7-2 loss at the hands of the Pirates on Tuesday, with Scott Diamond throwing 5 1/3 innings of 8-hit ball at PNC Park.
Minnesota Twins Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Pittsburgh are 7-3
After playing Pittsburgh are 8-2
After a loss are 5-5
Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Minnesota are 3-7
After playing Minnesota are 3-7
After a win are 7-3
A few Twins at Pirates trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
Minnesota is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Minnesota is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Minnesota's last 10 games
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone UNDER in 17 of Pittsburgh's last 24 games at home
Minnesota at Pittsburgh, Thursday, June 21