Minnesota Twins vs. Pittsburgh Pirates: Preview, Predictions and Picks for June 7, 2024

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Jun 7, 2024 6:10 AM
The Minnesota Twins, sitting at 33-29 on the season, hit the road to face the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on Friday, June 7 at 6:40 PM. The Pirates, currently 29-33 overall and 14-16 at home, look to turn their fortunes around against a Twins team that's 17-16 on the road. Expect a thrilling matchup as these two teams clash in an interleague showdown.
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Twins vs Pirates starting pitchers

  • Mitch Keller for Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Joe Ryan for Minnesota Twins

Twins vs Pirates statistics

Stat Twins Pirates
Hits 460 (Tied-27th) 476 (20th)
Batting Average .228 (27th) .229 (24th)
Runs Batted In 249 (Tied-18th) 239 (20th)
Runs 266 (17th) 250 (21st)
Home Runs 67 (Tied-10th) 55 (24th)
Walks 180 (22nd) 207 (8th)
Stolen Bases 32 (Tied-20th) 33 (19th)
Strikeouts 525 (12th) 584 (4th)
Pitches 8767 (23rd) 9274 (8th)

Pittsburgh Pirates recent games

Game Date Opponent Result Score
6/6/24 vs Los Angeles Dodgers L 11-7
6/5/24 vs Los Angeles Dodgers W 10-6
6/4/24 vs Los Angeles Dodgers W 1-0
6/2/24 @ Toronto Blue Jays L 5-4
6/1/24 @ Toronto Blue Jays W 8-1

Minnesota Twins recent games

Game Date Opponent Result Score
6/6/24 @ New York Yankees L 8-5
6/5/24 @ New York Yankees L 9-5
6/4/24 @ New York Yankees L 5-1
6/2/24 @ Houston Astros W 4-3
6/1/24 @ Houston Astros L 5-2

Twins vs Pirates predictions

As the Minnesota Twins ready themselves to take on the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park, keep your eyes peeled for some explosive performances. Byron Buxton, despite being a strikeout concern, could really turn the game with his potential for home runs and RBIs, offering the Twins a crucial edge. Joe Ryan, on the mound, is another player to watch. Given his impressive season so far, striking out 77 over 72 innings with a stingy ERA of 3.38, he might just be the linchpin the Twins need to keep the Pirates' bats in check. Carlos Correa is also set to bring his batting prowess to the forefront, aiming to improve upon his solid on-base percentage and adding crucial hits.

Switching gears to the Pittsburgh Pirates, their lineup has its own set of threats. Oneil Cruz, known for his mix of power and speed, could significantly impact the game if he leverages his projected high run and home run rates. Mitch Keller, handling the pitching duties, will be a focal point; his season record inspires confidence, boasting an ERA of 3.42 and a strong strikeout-to-walk ratio. Additionally, Bryan Reynolds and Andrew McCutwen can't be overlooked - both could contribute crucially with RBIs and on-base successes, potentially swaying the game's momentum in Pittsburgh's favor.

Projecting a winner for this matchup is tricky given the strengths on both sides. However, considering the combination of Joe Ryan's precision on the mound and the Twins' potential offensive outputs from key players like Buxton and Correa, Minnesota might just have a slight edge. The Pirates definitely have the capacity to make it a tight game with contributions from Cruz and their seasoned hitters, but the Twins’ strategic lineup and solid pitching might see them eke out a win in what promises to be an engaging contest.

Pittsburgh Pirates injuries

  • Joey Bart (C): 10-Day-IL
  • Bubba Chandler (DH): Day-To-Day
  • Michael A. Taylor (CF): paternity
  • Alika Williams (2B): 10-Day-IL
  • Martin Perez (SP): 15-Day-IL

Minnesota Twins injuries

  • Zack Weiss (RP): 60-Day-IL
  • DaShawn Keirsey Jr. (CF): Day-To-Day
  • Brock Stewart (RP): 15-Day-IL
  • Justin Topa (RP): 60-Day-IL
  • Anthony DeSclafani (SP): 60-Day-IL

Twins vs Pirates game info

Venue PNC Park
Location Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
First pitch Fri 6:40 PM
Temperature 76°
Chance of Rain 34%

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