Historic Home Opener Highlights Monday’s MLB Betting

MLB betting on Monday is highlighted by a historic home opener in Minnesota as the Twins play their first regular season game at the new Target Field.

The Twins will have to start a new home field advantage in baseball betting since they won’t be playing in the Metrodome anymore.

MLB betting odds are very close on this game with Jon Lester set to get the start for Boston while Minnesota counters with Carl Pavano.  The Red Sox are a tough team to face in your home opener and Jon Lester is a very tough pitcher. He did not pitch well in his first start though as he gave up five hits and four runs over five innings in a no decision against the Yankees. He has traditionally struggled in April, going 2-3 with a 4.71 ERA. He is 0-1 with a 5.66 ERA in four career appearances against the Twins. On the road in his career, Lester is 19-11 with a 4.17 ERA.

Carl Pavano gets the honor of pitching in the Target Field opener.  He sure was good in his first start this season as he allowed just one run in over seven innings against the Angels. He gave up six hits and struck out six. MLB betting stats indicate that he has not pitched well in his career against Boston though, going 2-3 with a 7.07 ERA in six career starts.

Boston has won 7 of the last 10 games against the Twins in MLB betting.  The Red Sox won four of the six games last year against Minnesota but they were just 1-2 at Minnesota. Two of those three games went under the total while the three games at Boston went over in baseball betting. With the new ballpark, no one really knows how the totals will go at Target Field.  It is said to be a hitter’s park but time will tell.

Last year the Red Sox were just 39-42 away from Fenway in MLB betting but they are really focused this season on winning road games. "It would be good, but I'm not sure I care where we play," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. "I think every series is different. I know in the end, you add everything up, and things didn't add up very well on the road last year. But I think it was for different reasons."