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Minnesota sends PJ Walters vs Travis Wood in Twins vs Cubs game

Chicago CubsMinnesota Twins
June 8, 8:10 PM | GrassTarget Field

Chicago Cubs vs Minnesota Twins Odds

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The Chicago Cubs will look to grab an inter-league road victory when they take on the Twins in Minnesota at Target Field on Friday in baseball action.

PJ Walters gets the call for the Minnesota Twins and he will try to build on a 2-1 mark. In the other dugout, Travis Wood brings a 0-2 ledger to the game for the Cubs as he tries to quiet the Twins bats.

View Chi Cubs vs Minnesota Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Twins as -140 favorites on the opening moneyline for this contest. The over under opened at 8.5 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals.

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:
Offensively, the game matches up Minnesota's No. 11 ranked American League offense (4 runs per game) against a Cubs defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 12 in the National League at 4.5 runs allowed per game. The Twins have been averaging 8.2 hits per game, almost the same as the Cubs have managed so far this season (8.2 hits on average).

Chicago brings the National League's No. 12-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Twins' league No. 14-ranked defense.

The Cubs were a 4-3 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Brewers. That made winners of bettors who got Milwaukee at -123 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for UNDER bettors. Chicago lost in extra innings against the Brewers on Thursday as Milwaukee edged them 4-3 at Miller Park.

Last time out for Minnesota, they were a 4-2 winner as they battled the Royals on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Twins at +160 were rewarded, while the 6 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Minnesota got the job done in their last match in a 4-2 victory over Kansas City on Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium behind starter Nick Blackburn.

Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing Minnesota are 4-6
After playing Milwaukee are 5-5
After a loss are 2-8

Minnesota Twins Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Chi Cubs are 5-5
After playing Kansas City are 5-5
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 5 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs' last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs' last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs' last 6 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
Minnesota is 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing Chi Cubs
Minnesota is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing Chi Cubs
Minnesota is 4-2 SU in their last 6 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs

Next up:
Chi Cubs at Minnesota, Saturday, June 9

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