Surging Twins Face Streaking Cardinals on ESPN

Willie Bee

Monday, May 7, 2018 12:44 PM UTC

Monday, May. 7, 2018 12:44 PM UTC

A pair of win streaks are on the line Monday night, and we have a free baseball pick for the interleague battle between Minnesota and host St. Louis.

Minnesota Twins (13-17 SU, 17-13 O/U) at St. Louis Cardinals (20-12 SU, 13-16-1 O/U)Free MLB Pick: TwinsBest Line Offered: Heritage

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The St, Louis Cardinals put in overtime the past couple of days, but the 10- and 14-inning affairs were well worth it after they completed a sweep of their rival Cubs on Sunday to stretch their win streak to five. Now they turn their attention to the Minnesota Twins, who are heating up as they arrive in St. Louis for a 2-game interleague series.

ESPN begins its broadcast at 8 PM (ET), and John Gant (1-0, 0.00) delivers the game’s first pitch about 10 minutes later as a fill-in for injured Adam Wainwright in the Redbird rotation. Minnesota sends rookie Fernando Romero (1-0, 0.00) to the mound three outs later looking to extend its win streak to four. SBR’s top sportsbooks have the Cardinals around -140 on the money line with an 8½ total that favors the ‘under.’

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5 straight wins! Back-to-back walk-off wins! 1st place in the NL Central!

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— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) May 7, 2018
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Both Teams Getting 1st Looks at Tonight’s Starters

Minnesota is showing signs of pulling out of its funk that saw the team drop 13 of 15 to close April, Paul Molitor’s crew starting this 10-game road trip by taking 3 of 4 from the White Sox over the weekend. Romero’s major-league debut couldn’t have gone much better last Wednesday, the 23-year-old Dominican pitching into the sixth allowing just four hits and no runs in the Twins’ 4-0 triumph over Toronto as slight home dogs on the MLB odds. Signed as 16-year-old free agent, Romero’s biggest problem in the minors the last couple of seasons had been control, the right-hander walking 10 in 21 Triple-A innings before the call-up.

Now with his third MLB club in three seasons, Gant’s only work so far was a long relief appearance a couple of weeks ago. The 25-year-old was spot-on against the Mets, the club that originally drafted him out of high school in 2011, tossing three perfect frames with a strikeout to pick up the win in the Cardinals’ 13-inning, 4-3 victory at home. Gant had made five starts on the farm this season, winning four of them and posting a fine 2.40 ERA over 30 innings.

Cards 6-2 Last 8 Vs. Twins at Home

Home teams won all seven games of their 1987 World Series matchup, and home teams have dominated the regular-season tilts. The Cardinals are 12-10 in the interleague contests, taking 10 of 14 in Arch City. All four of the 2015 clashes stayed ‘under’ the totals, both teams sweeping 2-game sets on their own diamonds.

After rain interrupted last night’s contest in St. Louis, it’s smooth sailing this evening with clear skies, the mid-70s for first pitch and a light ENE breeze (in from right-center). Molitor’s bullpen is in better shape than Mike Matheny’s, one reason my free free baseball pick is on the Twins.

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