Minnesota Twins vs Chicago Cubs Predictions, Odds & Picks (September 20)
- With playoffs already a certainty, both teams trying to get to top form
- Darvish looks to have a defining performance in Cy Young race
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Twins vs Cubs Odds
|Team||Run Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Minnesota Twins||+1.5 -167||O 7.5 -103||+130|
|Chicago Cubs||-1.5 +140||U 7.5 -120||-152|
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Twins vs Cubs Predictions and Picks
It doesn’t matter how low the total number is in this one, 70 percent of the Twins games this year have gone under and more than half of Darvish’s starts have gone under. We like the under and the Cubs money line in this one.
Betting record through 9/19/20 (32-26-1)
Trends (Entering Saturday)
Twins are 4-0 in the last four-game three of a series
Twins are 8-3 in last 11 interleague games vs right-handed starter
Twins are 10-4 in last 14 games vs NL Central
Twins are 2-5 in the last seven games as an underdog
Twins are 3-8 in last 11 road games vs a team with a winning record
Twins are 1-4 in the last five overall
Twins are 1-5 in last six road games
Under is 4-0 in Twins last four games as an underdog
Over is 4-1 in Twins last five interleague road games
Under is 35-14-2 in Twins last 51 overall
Twins are 0-5 in last five meetings in Chicago
Over is 6-2 in the last eight meetings in Chicago
Cubs are 5-0 in the last five overall
Cubs are 8-1 in last nine interleague home games vs. a right-handed starter
Cubs are 4-1 in the last five games as a favorite
Under is 6-1-1 in Cubs last eight games as a favorite
Under is 11-3-1 in Cubs last 15 overall
How to Watch Twins vs Cubs
|Twins vs Cubs Information|
|What||Minnesota Twins vs Chicago Cubs|
|Where||Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL|
|When||Sunday, September 20, 2020, 7:00 PM EST|
|How to Watch||Watch on ESPN+ here!|
Time to Round Into Form
The saying in baseball goes, you want to be playing your best ball in September. Even in this wacky, unique, shortened season, that holds true. The Twins and Cubs will both be playing in October, that much we know, but how long their postseason runs go can hinge on the level of mojo and swagger they enter the playoffs with.
Both teams started 10-2 – not a bad record 20 percent of the way into the year. They each also went through skids in the middle of the season where they had a losing record over a 15-game stretch.
But water has found its level and both teams are playing well again. The Cubs are 8-3 in their last 11. The Twins are 12-6 in their last 18. Now it’s about having your best players peaking and your role players playing with confidence.
That happened for the Twins on Saturday. Seven different players scored. Josh Donaldson homered for the second time in three days. Byron Buxton has hits in 12 of 15 games this month including seven home runs.
The Cubs had a five-game winning streak snapped, but by definition with a streak like that, were playing good baseball in their own right. Chicago held its opponents to two runs or fewer in four of the five games during the streak and six of its past nine games.
Javy Baez, who’s had a down year by his lofty standards, is hitting .300 over the last week, going 6-of-20 with a home run and a double. The Cubs still are looking to get Kris Bryant going, however, who hit .154 the last week and is hitting just .202 on the year with a .610 OPS.
Darvish Looking to Stake His Claim to CY Young Award
Just as Trevor Bauer was starting to take control of the Cy Young Award race in the NL, the door may have slightly opened. Bauer pitched on Saturday and was extremely good, but still picked up the loss to the White Sox. It’s hard to knock him for that, but with Darvish pitching on national television on Sunday, he has a chance to make a statement.
Darvish is 7-2 on the year, with a 1.86 ERA and 0.94 WHIP. The righty was sensational once again his last time out, throwing seven innings, giving up just two runs and striking out seven in a 6-5 win over the Indians. Each of his last nine starts has been a quality start, going six innings ore more and giving up three earned runs or fewer.
Can Berrios Step Up?
Jose Berrios has been underwhelming for the Twins all season. However, if he can become the ace he was expected to be all season over these next few weeks, all will be forgiven.
Berrios is 4-3 with a 4.15 ERA and 1.37 WHIP. Those are decent numbers for the fourth or fifth man in the rotation, but that’s not who Berrios was supposed to be. His pitchability and arm talent is better than that. He’s been better of late, giving up three earned runs or fewer in his last five starts, but the problem is he’s not going deep into games.
Berrios hasn’t thrown a pitch all season long past the sixth inning and has gone more than 5.1 innings just twice out of his 10 starts.
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Tony writes about baseball for WSN.com after recently graduating with his Masters from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Prior to that, Tony was a local sports reporter for MLive Media Group, based out of Jackson, Michigan where he covered everything from high school to professional sports. He graduated from Michigan State in 2015 with a degree in journalism. During his time there he covered the Michigan State football and men’s basketball teams from 2013-15 and hosted a sports radio show on WDBM 89FM.