The Twins showcased its upside on Monday night, winning 11-1 in Miami to move to 4-0 on the year.
We know Minnesota has the explosive bats in the lineup to make a push in the AL Central, but pitching is a concern. However, Kenta Maeda can ease some doubt for the team's rotation with a strong first start of the against the Marlins. Maeda missed last season due to Tommy John surgery, but is ready for this season as he looks to outduel the Marlins reigning Cy Young winner Sandy Alcantara.
Here are the odds for Tuesday's matchup:
Twins vs. Marlins odds, run line and total
Twins vs. Marlins prediction and pick
Not only do the Twins dwarf the Marlins at the plate, I think it's fair to question if Alcantara is going to take a step back this season. The Cy Young winnner Alcantara struggled against the Mets on Opening Day, allowing three runs in 5 2/3 innings while walking four batters and only striking out two.
Now, Alcantara has to face a Twins lineup that is showcasing plenty of power early this season, scoring 18 runs over the past two days against the Royals and Marlins. Now, Alcantara is one of the best pitchers in the bigs, but that may be exagerated in this price given that the Fish are limited in the hitting department.
The Marlins have scored more than two runs in the first five games once so far, and that was on Opening Day when they scored three. This is a great first opponent for Maeda to ease into the season after a year on the shelf.
Alcantara won the Cy Young last season, but what if he is set for some regression this season? With such a poor lineup supporting him, he is a strong fade candidate against an explosive lineup on Tuesday. Give me the Twins at + money.
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