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Chicago Hopes To Start New Winning Streak Vs. Minnesota

Minnesota Twins vs Chicago Cubs Betting Odds

The Chicago Cubs are 6-1 in their last seven games against the Minnesota Twins after having a six-game winning streak against the Twins snapped on Saturday night. The Cubs will try to start up a new winning streak against Minnesota when they wrap up their three-game series against the Twins this Sunday night at Wrigley Field.

Minnesota Twins vs Chicago Cubs
  • Date/Time: September 20, 2020, 7:08 p.m. ET
  • Stadium: Wrigley Field
  • TV Coverage: ESPN
  • Opening Odds: Chicago -150 | O/U 7.5 runs (Line History)
  • Twins vs. Cubs (Matchup Report)

Opening Odds Analysis

The Cubs opened as -150 favorites at home in Sunday’s matchup while the Twins are going off as +130 underdogs. The total in this one is set at 7.5 runs. Minnesota is 5-5 in 10 games as an underdog this season including a 1-0 loss in its most recent stint as an underdog in Friday’s series opener against the Cubs.

Starting Pitchers Analysis

Jose Berrios struggled through the first half of this condensed 2020 season with a 5.92 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP in his first five starts. But over his last five starts, Berrios has looked more like the ace the Twins expect him to be with a 2.60 ERA, a 1.08 WHIP, and 33 strikeouts in 27.2 innings pitched.

Yu Darvish has had a sensational season with the Cubs in 2020, compiling a 7-2 record with a 1.86 ERA, a 0.94 WHIP, and 79 strikeouts in 63 innings pitched. After suffering through two disappointing campaigns in 2018 and 2019 in his first two years in Chicago, Darvish has finally put the pieces together in a career year this season. The veteran right-hander is on a shortlist of legitimate contenders for the National League Cy Young Award in 2020.

Minnesota News & Notes

The Twins entered their four-game series against the Chicago White Sox last week in the midst of a 10-2 hot streak, but Chicago took three of four games from Minnesota to secure its lead over the American League Central.

Minnesota fell to 1-4 over its previous five games with a 1-0 loss to the Cubs on Friday night, but on Saturday the team scored an 8-1 win in Chicago to improve to 32-22 and to lock up a playoff berth.

Nelson Cruz was scratched with knee soreness on Saturday, and there’s a good chance he’ll get Sunday off too as the Twins have no reason to rush their 40-year-old star back with a playoff spot already clinched. Cruz leads the team in runs (33), home runs (16), and batting average (.314) this season.

Chicago News & Notes

Chicago was 8-2 over its previous 10 games and 5-0 over its previous five before Saturday’s loss to the Twins. The Cubs have had a surprisingly disappointing season on offense sitting 18th in the league in run production with 4.46 runs per game after having finished each of the last three seasons in the top 10 league-wide in run production.

But with Yu Darvish and Kyle Hendricks leading the way at the top of the rotation, Chicago has a 3.94 team ERA that has helped the Cubs compile a 31-21 record on the season.

The Cubs enter Sunday’s action with a 4.5-game lead over the Cardinals in the National League Central standings. If they can get their big bats going in time for the postseason, the Cubs could potentially do some damage.

Betting Pick: Chicago -150

Betting on the Cubs when Yu Darvish is on the mound has been a profitable strategy in 2020. Given that the Twins might also rest some starters after clinching a playoff spot yesterday, the play seems even clearer.

Shark Bites
  • Minnesota is 1-5 in its last 6 road games vs. Chicago.
  • Chicago is 8-1 in Yu Darvish’s last 9 starts.
  • The UNDER is 9-4 in Chicago’s last 13 games.