The Minnesota Twins try to snap a three-game losing streak when they face the St. Louis Cardinals in the second of a three-game interleague series on Saturday night. The first pitch of this contest is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. ET at Busch Stadium.
The Twins dropped the opener of the series on Friday night 5-1 to fall to 43-61. Minnesota is in last place in the AL Central.
St. Louis has won three of its last four to climb above .500 to 52-51. The Cardinals are in third place in the NL Central, trailing the second-place Cincinnati Reds by 2½ games.
MLB odds have the Cardinals with a moneyline of -132, while the Twins are listed at +122. The over/under has been set at 8½ runs.
After dealing away starting pitchers Jose Berrios and J.A. Happ, with Happ going to the Cardinals, the Twins might be wondering who is going to fill out the starting rotation. Minnesota was a definite seller at the trade deadline, leaving the door open for a lot of young arms to get their chances.
Saturday’s starter will be right-hander Bailey Ober, making his 11th start of his rookie campaign. Ober is 1-1 with a 5.19 ERA, striking out 45 and walking 13 over 43⅓ innings.
Ober is 1-0 with a 4.34 ERA in four starts in July. His last outing was a no-decision against the Angels on Sunday, as he went 5 1/3 innings and gave up two runs on three hits, including a home run, while striking out four and walking one in a 6-2 Twins loss.
Shortstop Jorge Polanco went 3-for-5 in Friday’s series opener, raising his batting average to .270. Polanco leads the Twins with 51 RBIs while also hitting 21 doubles, a triple, and 15 home runs while scoring a team-best 58 times.
First baseman Miguel Sano was 0-for-2 with two walks and scored the Twins’ only run on Friday, one game after he hit two home runs and drove in four in a loss against Detroit. Sano is batting .207 with 13 doubles, 17 home runs, 40 RBIs and 38 runs scored.
With the Cardinals struggling to put runs on the board Friday night, second baseman Tommy Edman came up with the big hit, a bases-clearing double that broke open a close game in the sixth.
“I wasn’t necessarily looking for it (the knuckle curve), but I think as soon as that pitch came in, I kind of saw it pop out of the hand, I was like, ‘OK, this is a better one to hit,'” Edman said after Friday’s win.
Edman is batting .257 with 24 doubles, three triples, six home runs, 31 RBIs, and 51 runs scored. He enters Saturday with a nine-game hit streak.
Third baseman Nolan Arenado has been solid in his first season with the Cardinals, leading the team with 27 doubles, 20 home runs and 62 RBIs. The All-Star is batting .264 and has scored 49 times.
Right-hander Jake Woodford will get the start. Woodford is 2-2 with a 4.25 ERA, striking out 29 and walking 16 over 36 innings over two starts and 19 overall appearances.
Woodford got the loss in his last outing, starting against the Reds on Sunday, as he went five innings and gave up three runs on seven hits, including a home run, while striking out two and walking two. In two July starts, Woodford is 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA.
Cardinals Win Again
The Twins lost their best hitter (Nelson Cruz) as well as many key pitching parts this week. Although Minnesota will put up a fight, the Cardinals should be able to pull out the win.
When doing your MLB betting, take St. Louis to get the win at home.