Twins vs Cardinals Prediction - MLB Picks 8/3/23

St. Louis Cardinals (47-61) vs Minnesota Twins (55-53)

Game Info: Thursday, August 3, 2023 at 7:45 pm (Busch Stadium)

Matthew Liberatore (1-3) (6.75) vs Sonny Gray (4-4) (3.14)

Betting Odds: St. Louis Cardinals -125 / Minnesota Twins +100 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Minnesota Twins and St. Louis Cardinals face off on Thursday in an MLB showdown at Busch Stadium. The two teams have split the first two games between the two teams. 

Twins Stay Put at Trade Deadline

The Twins stayed put on the trade deadline, which is better than what anyone else did in the American League Central. This is a team that still sits in 1st place in the American League Central, but it’s clear the front office doesn’t believe this is a World Series contender. The Twins are averaging 4.38 runs while their pitching is giving up 4.06 runs per game. The pitching is ranked 3rd in baseball and it has been the strength all year. On the mound for the Twins will be Sonny Gray who sits with a 4-4 record and an ERA of 3.32. Gray is usually good for the first five innings, but in the 6th inning or later he really struggles. 

Cardinals Big Sellers

The Cardinals were sellers at the trade deadline and that included sending off starting pitcher Jack Flaherty. In the first game of this series the offense really struggled, and that led to the defeat. The Cardinals are averaging 4.67 runs while their pitching is giving up 4.94 runs per game. The offense is ranked 12th while the pitching is ranked 25th. Nolan Arenado has hit 22 home runs and driven in 78 RBIs. Getting the start for the Cardinals will be Matthew Liberatore who sits with a 1-3 record and an ERA of 6.75. In his last start against the Marlins he went 0.1 innings giving up five hits and four runs. 

Shane’s Free Pick

This is going to be an easy victory for the Twins. Liberatore has been awful this season sitting with an ERA of 6.75 and he’s going to be destroyed here. The Twins are going to score six or seven runs, and that is going to be the difference as the Twins are going to get the job done. Back the Twins on the run line.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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