Minnesota Twins vs Arizona Diamondbacks MLB Pick – June 18

The MLB is set up with another great slate of baseball throughout June 18. Sixteen games are up on the board throughout Saturday. One of these games will be between the Minnesota Twins and the Arizona Diamondbacks. These two teams have been solid this season and will look for a win in this one. This game will start at around 10:10 PM Eastern time on MLB Network.

Minnesota has earned a record of 37-29 throughout the season, which has them sitting in first place of the AL Central. The Twins are coming off a loss in their last game and are 5-5 in their last 10. Minnesota has a one game lead on the second place Cleveland Guardians. The Twins will look for a big win on the road in this one.

The Diamondbacks have put up a record of 31-35 so far on the season, which has them in fourth place of the NL West. Arizona has won two games in a row and three of their last five. The Diamondbacks are six and a half games back on a wild card spot entering this one. Arizona will look to build on this winning streak with another strong performance at home.

These two teams have been solid on the season and will look for a big win on Saturday night. The Twins have struggled a bit as of late and will look to get back on track with the Guardians chasing down their spot in the division. Arizona will look to remain strong as they eye a wild card spot. If either team can come out fast, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Minnesota Twins -1 ½ (+140) -115 Over 9 ½ (+100)
Arizona Diamondbacks +1 ½ (-165) -105 Under 9 ½ (-120)

 

Team Data Minnesota Twins Arizona Diamondbacks
Overall Record 37-29 31-35
Away/ Home Record 17-15 16-18
Batting Average .251 .219
Batting Average Away/ Home .246 .213
ERA 3.84 4.19
ERA Away/ Home 4.05 3.75

Betting Trends

Minnesota Twins

  • 7-8 in June games
  • 5-5 when playing on Saturday
  • 0-3 in inter-league play
  • 18-17 in night games
  • 23-19 against right handed starters
  • 18-11 after a loss
  • 22-17 against team with a losing record

Arizona Diamondbacks

  • 6-9 in June
  • 4-6 when playing on Saturday
  • 4-1 in inter-league games
  • 19-19 in night games
  • 21-26 against righties
  • 14-16 after a win
  • 14-18 against team with a winning record

These two teams met up for the first time this season on Friday night. Byron Buxton and Jose Miranda both had an RBI for the Twins, but it was not enough. Jordan Luplow had two home runs and three RBI’s for Arizona. Madison Bumgarner pitched six innings, giving up nine hits and two runs as the D-Backs earned a 7-2 win.

Offense

The Twins have been solid at the plate throughout this season. Minnesota has a .251 batting average, which is 8th in the MLB. The Twins have an on base percentage of .324, which is 4th in the league. Minnesota has posted a .733 OPS, which is 8th in the MLB. The Twins have a BA of .253 against right handers.

Arizona has struggled a bit hitting the ball on the season. The Diamondbacks have a batting average of .219, which is 28th in the league. Arizona has earned a .299 OBP, which is 25th in the MLB. The Diamondbacks have put up an OPS of .679, which is 24th in the league. Arizona has hit .214 against righties on the season.

Minnesota has the edge at the plate in this one and will look to get their bats going early. The Twins struggled a bit in Friday’s tilt only scoring two runs on ten hits. Arizona racked up 11 hits with their seven runs. Both teams will look to step up early in this one as well. If either team can hit well early, it could be enough for the win.

Pitching Preview

Dylan Bundy will likely get the nod on the mound for Minnesota in this one. Bundy has earned a record of 3-3 throughout his 10 starts on the season. He has posted a 5.87 ERA and a WHIP of 1.457 in those games. Bundy’s last start was against the New York Yankees. He gave up five hits and four runs through four innings in the no decision. 

I expect Luke Weaver to get the start at pitcher for the Diamondbacks on Saturday night. Weaver has appeared in two games, going 1-0 in those appearances. He has put up an ERA of 4.91 and a 2.182 WHIP in his outings. Weaver pitched three innings in his last appearance against the Philadelphia Phillies, giving up three hits and one run in the win. 

Bundy has struggled a bit on the season and will look to step up in this one. Weaver will get his first start on the season and will look to step up. Minnesota has a slight edge with relievers. The Twins bullpen has an ERA of 3.77, which is 14th in the league. Arizona’s relievers have a 4.37 ERA, which is 23rd in the MLB this season.

Pick Overview

The Twins will look to earn their first win in inter-league play after another loss on Friday night to Arizona. Minnesota has the edge at the plate and on the mound in this one. The Twins will look for a better start early in this one. If Minnesota can gain the early lead on Saturday night, I think they can hold on for the win on the road.

Bovada has the Twins listed as a -115 against the money line in this one. This implies that Minnesota will win this game around 53.5 percent of the time. I think that this line is accurate with the Twins struggling against the NL so far. Minnesota is the better team though and I think they will bounce back on the road. As slight favorites, I like the value on the Twins.

The Bet
Minnesota Twins
-115
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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