Cardinals at Twins

The Minnesota Twins will try to complete a season sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals when they host the finale of a two-game interleague set Wednesday. The Twins have held the Cardinals to a total of two runs while winning the first three meetings.



Minnesota has won eight of its last 11 after a 4-1 victory Tuesday, pulling within a half-game of American League Central leader Cleveland. The Twins snapped out of a brief offensive funk in the series opener after scoring only one run in each of their previous two games - both losses. The Cardinals have totaled five runs during a three-game skid and managed only two hits in Tuesday’s series opener. They’ll try to get the offense going against former St. Louis right-hander Lance Lynn, who has struggled through the worst start of his career in his first season with the Twins.

TV: 1:10 p.m. ET, MLB Network, FS Midwest (St. Louis), FS North (Minnesota)



PITCHING MATCHUP: Cardinals RH Miles Mikolas (5-0, 2.51 ERA) vs. Twins RH Lance Lynn (1-3, 7.34)

After spending the past three seasons in Japan, Mikolas is proving he can be an effective big-league starter. The 29-year-old allowed one run over 6 2/3 innings of a win at San Diego last time out for his fifth consecutive quality start. Mikolas has compiled 35 strikeouts and only three walks in 46 2/3 innings.

Lynn has shown better control over his last two starts, walking only two batters after issuing 23 free passes over his first five outings. The 31-year-old has only one quality start among his seven outings, though, and gave up four runs over 4 2/3 frames in a no-decision against the Los Angeles Angels last time out. Lynn has allowed six runs in 10 innings across two home starts.



WALK-OFFS

1. Cardinals INF Matt Carpenter was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts Tuesday and is batting .140 - the lowest mark among qualified hitters in the majors.

2. Twins 1B Joe Mauer is 7-for-24 during a six-game hitting streak.

3. Minnesota OF Eddie Rosario is batting .337 with 10 doubles, seven homers, and 18 RBIs in his last 21 games against National League opponents.



Odds
SpreadMoneylineMoneyTotal
St. Louis CardinalsCardinals-1 12  -250-400
12.50
o 165u -215
Minnesota TwinsTwins+1 12  170260
Moneyline Consensus: Minnesota Twins: 0%     St. Louis Cardinals: 0%
Vegas Prediction: Minnesota: 6 (Loss)    St. Louis: 7 (Win)
Season Series
MinnesotaStatsSt. Louis
2-1Vs1-2
.295Batting Average.202
6.0Runs / Game2.7
2Home Runs2
0Errors4