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Baseball odds preview - Chicago vs. Minnesota

Chicago CubsMinnesota Twins
June 9, 2:10 PM | GrassTarget Field

Chicago Cubs vs Minnesota Twins Odds

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Baseball betting stays focused on inter-league play on Saturday as the Cubs of Chicago swing away against the Twins of Minnesota.

Minnesota hands the ball to starter Scott Diamond in this one and he'll try to improve on his 4-1 mark on the year. Chicago counters with Jeff Samardzija, who will try to quiet the fans and the Twins bats at the same time.

View Chi Cubs vs Minnesota Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening MLB line for this matchup, Minnesota sat as -115 favorites. The total was set at 8.

Power Rankings:
This game puts the Twins, most recently No. 14 in the American League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Cubs, who rate a National League No. 14 in the latest survey.

How They Match Up:
At the plate, Minnesota owns the No. 11 ranking for hits in the American League at 8.4 per game. By contrast, the Cubs are rated No. 10 in the same category at 8.3 per game.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Minnesota has the American League's No. 14-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Cubs own the National League's No. 11 mark in runs allowed.

The Cubs were an 8-7 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Twins. That made winners of bettors who got Minnesota at -134 on the moneyline, while the total score (15) was good news for OVER bettors. The Cubs got to extra innings, but lost when they got there against Minnesota on Friday; it was an 8-7 final at Target Field in MLB wagering action.

Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Minnesota are 3-7
After playing Minnesota are 4-6
After a loss are 2-8

Minnesota Twins Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 1-9
Before playing Chi Cubs are 6-4
After playing Chi Cubs are 7-3
After a win are 6-4

A few Cubs at Twins trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs' last 6 games when playing Minnesota
Chi Cubs are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
Chi Cubs are 1-6 SU in their last 7 games when playing Minnesota
Chi Cubs are 1-7 SU in their last 8 games
Minnesota is 6-1 SU in their last 7 games when playing Chi Cubs
Minnesota is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Minnesota is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Minnesota is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs

Next up:
Chi Cubs at Minnesota, Sunday, June 10