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MLB Betting Preview: Minnesota Twins vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

August 20, 2023



The Pittsburgh Pirates and Minnesota Twins will cap off their three-game series in Minnesota soon, with tons of great betting opportunities to look at. Will the Twins finish out strong at home?


  • Date: Game 3 on August 20, 2023 at 2:10 PM ET

  • Location: Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Preview

The Pirates have not had good performances lately over their last 10 games, which has transferred over to this series. They have typically allowed teams to score five runs or better and they cannot keep up with them after that. Osvaldo Bido is starting on the mound for game three, but is 2-3 on the year.

Their stats could use some improvement in a few areas. Their batting average is around .235 and their opponent’s average is hovering .255. They are not dominant at the plate and they allow other teams to do better.

Their earned run average is nearing 4.61 and their on base percentage has moved close to .313. They also have a slugging percentage coming around .387, which is a decent amount away from the league average.

The Pirates are fourth in the NL Central by about 12 games behind the leading Milwaukee Brewers. They have to dominate the rest of the season if they want to have any shot at the playoffs.

Minnesota Twins Betting Preview

The Twins are slowly distancing themselves in their division and need to continue that pace. They have been solid over their last 10 games, but must capitalize now at home, especially like they did in game one here with a 5-1 victory. Dallas Keuchel is their starting pitcher for game three, but is 0-1 this season.

Their stats are slightly more appealing than the Pirates. Their batting average is around .239 and their opponents average is hovering .238. This is breaking even at the plate, which is slightly better than Pirates.

Their earned run average is nearing 3.90 and their on base percentage has moved close to .318. They also have a slugging percentage coming around .418, which is right at the league average.

The Twins are leading in the AL Central by about five games and need to continue that process. Winning tough games at home will definitely help out.

Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

The following odds from MyBookie are revealing that the Minnesota Twins are slight favorites to win game three. However, the market is estimating that the Pirates have a 53.6 percent chance to be victorious.


  • Pittsburgh Pirates: +105

  • Minnesota Twins: -125

  • *odds are subject to changes

The Pirates are below .500 on the road, while the Twins are at their best at home. Look for the Twins to have another solid performance at the plate.

Final Pick: Take the Minnesota Twins to Win at -125