Minnesota Twins vs. Pittsburgh Pirates: Preview, Predictions and Picks for June 8, 2024

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Jun 8, 2024 6:11 AM
The Minnesota Twins, carrying a 33-30 overall record, head to PNC Park to face the Pittsburgh Pirates, who lead the series 1-0, on Saturday, June 8 at 4:05 PM. The Pirates, 30-33 overall and 15-16 at home, look to build on their series lead in front of their home crowd. The Twins, 17-17 on the road, aim to even the series and snap the Pirates' momentum.
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Twins vs Pirates starting pitchers

  • Carmen Mlodzinski for Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Simeon Woods Richardson for Minnesota Twins

Twins vs Pirates statistics

Stat Twins Pirates
Hits 470 (Tied-26th) 490 (Tied-18th)
Batting Average .229 (26th) .231 (23rd)
Runs Batted In 254 (18th) 246 (20th)
Runs 271 (17th) 257 (20th)
Home Runs 69 (Tied-9th) 57 (24th)
Walks 184 (22nd) 208 (8th)
Stolen Bases 33 (Tied-23rd) 35 (Tied-18th)
Strikeouts 531 (13th) 599 (4th)
Pitches 8924 (21st) 9460 (4th)

Pittsburgh Pirates recent games

Game Date Opponent Result Score
6/7/24 vs Minnesota Twins W 3-0
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

Minnesota Twins recent games

Game Date Opponent Result Score
6/7/24 @ Pittsburgh Pirates L 3-0
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

Twins vs Pirates predictions

As the Minnesota Twins gear up to face the Pittsburgh Pirates, all eyes are on Byron Buxton. He's slated to bring his A-game with projections pointing towards an impactful performance. We're expecting him to notch up approximately 0.7 hits and potentially drive in some crucial runs, given his power at the plate. Another Twin to watch is Carlos Correa, whose keen eye could translate to drawing walks and hitting well, amplifying the offensive pressure. Max Kepler, with his knack for getting on base, could also be pivotal in racking up the score and setting up scoring plays.

Switching gears to the Pittsburgh Pirates, Oneil Cruz appears ready to deliver some fireworks. Known for his powerful swing, Cruz might clock in more than a hit in the upcoming game, possibly adding to his home run tally. There's also Bryan Reynolds, who has been consistently putting the ball in play and could be a key player driving in critical runs. On the mound, Carmen Mlodzinski, despite a rocky start this season, will be looking to lower his ERA and demonstrate improved control in his pitching. His success or struggle could very well dictate the flow of the game for Pittsburgh.

Looking at the matchup, it seems like a tight contest. However, given the stronger and more consistent batting performance from key players like Byron Buxton and Carlos Correa on the Twins' roster, they might just have a slight edge over the Pirates. Moreover, if the Twins' pitchers manage to hold their own against the aggressive Pirates' lineup, they could very well walk away with a win. It all boils down to execution and clutch performances, but my nod goes towards Minnesota taking this one.

Pittsburgh Pirates injuries

  • Joey Bart (C): 10-Day-IL
  • Bubba Chandler (DH): Day-To-Day
  • Alika Williams (2B): 10-Day-IL
  • Martin Perez (SP): 15-Day-IL
  • Cristofer Melendez (SP): Out

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 Sat 4:05 PM
Temperature 68°
Chance of Rain 0%

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