The Minnesota Twins continue their journey through the National League East, traveling from Pittsburgh to Cincinnati tonight to open a three game set against the Reds. The first pitch of game one is scheduled to be thrown at The Great American Ballpark at 7:10ET.
Minnesota visits Cincy for the weekend, after dropping two of three in the Steel City this week. They dropped a sports betting game to the Pirates on Tuesday 7-2, with both runs coming off the bat of Denard Spans 2 run homer in the seventh inning. On Wednesday, a solo round tripper was the difference in their favor as Josh Willingham hit it out in the eighth in a 2-1 Twins victory.
Last night, the Pirates took the rubber game 9-1 behind a stellar complete game pitching effort by Pittsburgh's James McDonald. This time, the only run they could muster came from a Ryan Doumit single in the fourth inning.
So it goes for the Twins, who own the American Leagues worst record at 27-41 and are, of course, dead last in the AL Central. They are just 3-7 in their last 10 and 14-19 away from Target Field. Cincinnati have had some problems of their own and even with the weather cooling off after a mid week heat spell, they would like to get hot again after dropping their last three in a row to intra-state rival Cleveland.
On Monday, they actually outhit the Indians 14-13, but came up short in runs of this 10-9 donnybrook. As is many times the case, the 19 run total of Monday was followed by a total of 5 in the Reds 3-2 loss on Tuesday. In the baseball betting series finale, they only could score once and that came very unimpressively on a Willie Harris ground out scoring Jay Bruce who had reached base on an error.
Even with the lost series in Cleveland, the Reds (38-30) come into tonight's affair leading the NL Central by 2 games and hoping to "fatten up" on the lowly Twins. They are 20-13 at home.
They should have a good chance to feast in tonights series opener as righthander Nick Blackburn takes the hill for Minnesota with 3-4 won/loss record and 7.48 ERA. Another righty, Homer Bailey, will be on the mound for Cincinnati. He is 5-4 with a 4.03 earned run average.
The Reds are a home favorite at -$180, while the Twins are a +$165. The moneyline is $110/$100 on the over / under of 9.5 total runs.
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