Saturday, September 19, 2020, Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois, 8:15 p.m. ET
Minnesota Twins Odds
Call Friday night a missed opportunity for the Twins, which could have gained a game on the first-place White Sox after they lost in Cincinnati. However, the Twins’ road woes continued with a 1-0 setback against the Cubs, dropping Minnesota to 10-17 away from the Twin Cities.Josh Donaldson (.217-5-10) got one of Minnesota’s three hits off Kyle Hendricks, but Donaldson’s last swing of the night was a killer. After Byron Buxton’s leadoff walk in the ninth inning, Donaldson rapped into a double play that ended the potential rally.Michael Pineda (1-0, 3.57 ERA) aims to draw the Twins even in the series. He has fanned 20 in 17 2/3 innings and figures to be part of the playoff rotation.
Chicago Cubs Odds
Five straight wins have put the Cubs in a good spot for National League playoff positioning. They currently own the No. 2 seed, which would allow them to stay at home in the first round.Chicago got the only meaningful hit Friday night when Willson Contreras (.256-5-22) singled for the lone run of the game in the first inning. Contreras has a pair of multi-hit games in his last three contests, a hopeful sign for a team searching for offense despite its good record.Alec Mills (5-3, 3.93 ERA) starts Saturday for the first time since his Sunday no-hitter in Milwaukee. He has not allowed a run in his past two starts, covering 15 innings. Mills will be opposing the Twins for the first time in his major league career.
Twins at Cubs Betting Pick for September 19, 2020
Mills threw the game of his life in his last start. Although the Twins aren’t as dangerous on the road, they still have the bats to take advantage of any mistakes. Look for MVP candidate Nelson Cruz to belt his 17th homer of the year and lift Minnesota to a close win.Twins at Cubs Betting Pick: Twins (-130), Cubs (+120)Twins 4, Cubs 3
Twins at Cubs Best Bet for September 19, 2020
Pineda has strikeout stuff, and he’s facing a team that fans nearly 10 times per game. If you’re looking for a great prop bet, plunk some dollars down on the big right-hander reaching the double-figure mark in strikeouts. Not all the wind in this one will come off the lake.Twins at Cubs Best Bet: Cubs over 9.5 K’s for the game.