Pittsburgh Pirates at Minnesota Twins - 4/25/21 MLB Picks and Prediction
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Minnesota Twins (7-12) vs Pittsburgh Pirates (10-11)
Game Info: Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 2:10 pm (Target Field)
Matt Shoemaker (1-1) (6.28) vs Wil Crowe (0-0) (13.50)
Betting Odds: Minnesota Twins / Pittsburgh Pirates --- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Twins will host the Pittsburgh Pirates in an interleague matchup on Sunday afternoon. It will be the finale of a three-game set at Target Field.
The Pirates took the second game 6-2 after a strong start from Trevor Cahill. He went 6 innings, allowing 1 runs on just 2 hits. From the dish they had 7 hits and were 1-7 with runners in scoring position. Michael Perez and Kevin Newman went back-to-back in the 5th inning, both homering for the first time this season. To star the year, the Pirates have a .224 team batting average and .664 OPS. Colin Moran leads the team with 4 home runs, 15 RBI and an .820 OPS.
Starting for the Pirates on Sunday will be righty Wil Crowe. This will be the first start of his career, and the first time he has faced this Twins lineup. In one appearance this season, he has 0.2 innings pitched with 1 earned run and 2 strikeouts.
The Twins had a three-game win streak snapped on Saturday in their 6-2 loss. Michael Pineda earned the loss after giving up 5 runs over 4.1 innings. From the dish they had just 2 hits and were 1-5 with runners in scoring position. To start the season, Minnesota has a .243 team batting average and .708 OPS. Byron Buxton leads the team with a .392 average, 1.299 OPS and 6 home runs.
Getting the start for the Twins in this one will be righty Matt Shoemaker. To start the season, he is 1-1 with a 6.28 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 12 strikeouts. He has only faced three Pirates in his career, Frazier, Moran and Perez. They have combined to go 5-17 with a home run and 5 strikeouts.
Pittsburgh is 6-4 in their last ten games, 6-8 on the road this season, and the over is 10-9-2 in their games.
Minnesota is 2-8 in their last ten games, 3-6 at home this season, and the over is 10-9 in their games.
The Pirates will be starting Wil Crowe for the first time, but it is likely he will only go a few innings. The Pirates bullpen has been solid and will be facing a Twins lineup that has been shutout 2 times in their last 5 games. Give me the Pirates to win.