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Cincinnati Reds (35-35) vs. Minnesota Twins (30-41)
Jun 21, 2021 8:10 p.m. EDT
The line: Minnesota Twins +120 / Cincinnati Reds -130; Over / Under: 9
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The Cincinnati Reds and Minnesota Twins clash in MLB action from Target Field on Monday night.
The Cincinnati Reds will try to recover from a 3-2 loss to the San Diego Padres in Sunday’s series finals. Joey Votto and Eugenio Suarez had the pair of RBIs for the Reds in loss, while Tyler Stephenson added a double. Kyle Farmer went 2 for 3 at the bowl while Tucker Barnhart, Shogo Akiyama, Jesse Winker and Nick Castellanos each had a base hit to limit the offensive for the Reds on loss. Luis Castillo took the loss, dropping to 2-10 a year after allowing two runs on six hits while cutting seven over six innings of work. Tyler Mahle will start here and is 7-2 with 3.39 ERA and 90 strikeouts this season. in his career, Mahle is 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA and 11 strikeouts against the Twins.
The Minnesota Twins will look to build on a 4-2 win over Texas Rangers in Sunday’s series finals. Byron Buxton led the attack, going 2 for 5 with a double home run and a double, while Max Kepler added an RBI and Luis Arraez and Trevor Larnach each went 3 for 5 at the bowl in victory. Andrelton Simmons also had three hits with a double and Jorge Polanco also added a two-bagger while Nelson Cruz made a base-knock chip to end the offense for the Twins in victory. Kenta Maeda won the win to improve to 3-2 after allowing both runs with five hits while dropping four over 5.1 innings of work. Hansel Robles finished the 9th for his 6th parade. JA Happ will start here and is 3.3 with a 6.12 ERA and 44 strikeouts this season. in his career Happ is 3-3 with 5.36 ERA and 21 strikeouts against the Reds.
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Cincinnati is 9-1 in the last 10 Monday games and 4-1 in the last 5 street games against a left-handed starter, while the over is 3-1 in the last 5 interleague street games. 7-16 in the last 23 games as an underdog and 2-5 in the last 7 home games, while the over is 19-6-1 in the last 26 games against a team with a track record.
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I understand why you can watch this over here, as JA Happ was brutal for most of the season and Tyler Mahle had a history of going up and down. The Minnesota offense hasn’t been overwhelming for much of the year, however, and Mahle does much of his best job on the road. On the flip side, Cincinnati has stalled much of the series offensively against San Diego, and I need to see the offense pick up before I can restore confidence in them for anyone here. Give me the sub in this matchup.
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