Minnesota Twins vs. Pittsburgh Pirates: Preview, Predictions and Picks for June 9, 2024

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Jun 9, 2024 6:11 AM
The Minnesota Twins travel to PNC Park on Sunday, June 9, 2024, to take on the Pittsburgh Pirates, looking to turn the tide in a series currently led 2-0 by the Pirates. The Twins aim to capitalize on their 17-18 road record, while the Pirates seek to build on their 16-16 home record.
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Twins vs Pirates starting pitchers

  • Jared Jones for Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Bailey Ober for Minnesota Twins

Twins vs Pirates statistics

Stat Twins Pirates
Hits 484 (26th) 494 (19th)
Batting Average .229 (24th) .230 (22nd)
Runs Batted In 254 (18th) 249 (Tied-19th)
Runs 271 (18th) 260 (Tied-19th)
Home Runs 69 (Tied-11th) 59 (Tied-22nd)
Walks 187 (Tied-22nd) 210 (8th)
Stolen Bases 33 (Tied-24th) 35 (Tied-19th)
Strikeouts 549 (Tied-11th) 608 (4th)
Pitches 9182 (22nd) 9571 (5th)

Pittsburgh Pirates recent games

Game Date Opponent Result Score
6/8/24 vs Minnesota Twins W 4-0
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

Minnesota Twins recent games

Game Date Opponent Result Score
6/8/24 @ Pittsburgh Pirates L 4-0
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

Twins vs Pirates predictions

As the Minnesota Twins prep to battle the Pittsburgh Pirates, some key players to keep your eyes on include Byron Buxton and Ryan Jeffers. Buxton, known for his speed and agility, is likely to keep up his consistent performance, potentially scoring essential runs and securing hits for the Twins. Jeffers, on the other hand, seems poised to add significant power at the plate. His ability to drive in runs could be crucial, especially given his record this season. Expect these heavy hitters to make memorable plays that could tip the scales in favor of the Twins.

Flipping the page to the Pittsburgh Pirates, Oneil Cruz and Bryan Reynolds are set to make an impact. Cruz, with his blend of power and speed, has been a bright spot for the Pirates. An exciting player to watch, he could deliver both at bat and in the field. Meanwhile, Reynolds, a consistent hitter, is likely to continue getting on base and racking up RBIs. His knack for timely hits has often sparked rallies for the Pirates, and this upcoming game should be no exception.

Taking into account the current form and the potential standout performances from key players, this matchup is tipped to lean slightly in favor of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Both teams have strong hitters, but the additional edge in pitching might help Pittsburgh control the game's pace. Assuming their starters maintain their form, and key players like Cruz and Reynolds connect well, the Pirates could very well secure a win at home against the Twins.

Pittsburgh Pirates injuries

  • Joey Bart (C): 10-Day-IL
  • Alika Williams (2B): 10-Day-IL
  • Cristofer Melendez (SP): Out
  • Ji Hwan Bae (CF): 10-Day-IL
  • Martin Perez (SP): 15-Day-IL

Minnesota Twins injuries

  • DaShawn Keirsey Jr. (CF): Day-To-Day
  • Zack Weiss (RP): 60-Day-IL
  • 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 Sun 1:35 PM
Temperature 70°
Chance of Rain 51%

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