Minnesota Twins vs St. Louis Cardinals 7/28/20: Starting Lineups, Betting Odds (Matchup Preview)

Matchup Preview

The St. Louis Cardinals (2-1) will head up north to Target Field in Minneapolis, MN, to take on the Minnesota Twins (2-1). Both ballclubs were playoff teams a year ago, and both ballclubs won their first series of the season as well. The Cardinals started 2020 against the Pittsburgh Pirates, taking the first two games before dropping the third. The Twins began their season against the Chicago White Sox, taking the first and third games by a considerable margin. Both teams exhausted their best starters in their first series and won’t be playing either of their ace pitchers. Carlos Martinez will get the start for St. Louis tonight, who finished 2019 with a solid 3.17 ERA and a 4-2 record. Taking the mound tonight for Minnesota will be Homer Bailey, a 14-year veteran in the MLB. Bailey spent his first 12 seasons in Cincinnati before being on both the Royals and A’s last season. He has a career ERA of 4.57 and a career record of 80-86. While neither team is throwing out their best pitcher on the mound tonight, this will undoubtedly be an entertaining matchup. One team hit the most home runs in a season last year while the other was in the NLCS. What more could a baseball fan want?

TV Section: Minnesota Twins vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 7/28/20 8:10 pm EST, Target Field, Minneapolis, MN: TV: FOX Radio: ESPN Radio

Twins Starting Lineup

  1. Max Kepler (L) RF
  2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B
  3. Jorge Polanco (S) SS
  4. Nelson Cruz (R) DH
  5. Eddie Rosario (L) LF
  6. Mitch Garver (R) C
  7. Luis Arraez (L) 2B
  8. Miguel Sano (R) 1B
  9. Byron Buxton (R) CF

Twins Analysis

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After going 101-61 and hitting the most home runs in a single season in MLB history, the Minnesota Twins were headed into the postseason with high hopes for a chance at the pennant. However, they ran into the New York Yankees in the ALDS, where they were swept in three games. The Twins are looking to rebound and build upon their impressive 2019 season, and their offseason proved that they were committed to doing just that. The Twins signed Josh Donaldson from the Braves, who is a three-time All-Star and former MVP. They also signed starting pitcher Kenta Maeda from the Dodgers to bolster their starting rotation. I believe that this team has the sluggers and the pitching to make the playoffs and make a deep run as well. As for tonight’s game, the Twins will hope to see continued production from star Jorge Polanco and veteran Nelson Cruz, who have both played very well so far this season. Even at age 40, Cruz is hitting .538 so far with an incredible 10 RBIs. It will be interesting to see how Homer Bailey plays, however, as he has to face some quality hitters from St. Louis tonight. The Twins’ success tonight will come down to how well he pitches for them.

Cardinals Starting Lineup

  1. Kolten Wong (L) 2B
  2. Tommy Edman (S) 3B
  3. Paul Goldschmidt (R) 1B
  4. Paul DeJong (R) SS
  5. Matt Carpenter (L) DH
  6. Yadier Molina (R) C
  7. Dexter Fowler (S) RF
  8. Tyler O’Neill (R) LF
  9. Lane Thomas (R) CF

Cardinals Analysis

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The Cardinals are returning much of their 2019 NLCS roster with a few changes in the outfield. The team let Marcell Ozuna go after only one season in St. Louis after he didn’t play particularly well in the NLCS. St. Louis returns star Paul Goldschmidt and future Hall of Fame catcher Yadier Molina to their lineup as well as Kolton Wong and Paul deJong. St. Louis is starting some young talent this year as prospects Tommy Edman and Tyler O’Neill have made the starting rotation. They are both currently hitting around .230 on the season, and it will be interesting to see if they can contribute to a team that is historically in the playoffs almost every season. As for their rotation, not much has changed either. Adam Wainwright is still with the ballclub, now in his 15th season with St. Louis. Jack Flaherty, the Cardinals young stud pitcher, also returns. St. Louis played both Flaherty and Wainwright in their last series, so Carlos Martinez will get the start. He is no slouch either, as Martinez is a two-time All-Star and had a 3.17 ERA for the team last season. When it comes to pitching, St. Louis certainly has the edge in this matchup. However, I don’t think the same can be said when it comes to their hitting.

Twins Vs Cardinals Fantasy Angle

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Since being traded to the Cardinals from the Diamondbacks in 2019, Paul Goldschmidt has still produced in St. Louis. Although he wasn’t named an All-Star last year, he still hit 34 bombs with 97 RBIs to go along with a .260 batting average. Goldschmidt is currently hitting .417 on the season after the Cardinals’ first series against Pittsburgh. If you have Goldschmidt on your fantasy team, I’d consider starting him tonight against Minnesota. With the Twins going with Homer Bailey and not one of their top pitchers, Goldschmidt seems like a great matchup. The Cardinals have several great base runners as well. If St. Louis can get some men on for Goldschmidt, he has a favorable matchup to bring in some fantasy points for your team. However, I don’t believe that the Cardinals will win this game, as St. Louis might not be able to keep up with the Twins offense’s firepower. Either way, I still believe that Paul Goldschmidt is going to have a good game, and I’d recommend putting him in your starting lineup for fantasy tonight.

Twins vs Cardinals Betting Odds

Twins Odds: -150
Cardinals Odds: +130
Over/Under: 10

The Twins are the favored team in tonight’s matchup, and I would have to agree. Although the Cardinals are throwing out a more reliable starting pitcher, the Twins have a more dangerous offense. It is a difficult task for any team to contain them, and for that reason, I am picking them to win this game. However, Minnesota is not starting one of their top guys tonight on the mound. This leads me to think that betting the over ten runs in this game would be smart. While it’s usually not too farfetched to expect the Twins to score runs, I believe that this matchup is favorable for the Cardinals to get some runs across the plate.

  
I am a rising junior at Butler University with a Sports Media major and a minor in Strategic Communication. I was born and raised in Bethesda, MD right outside Washington DC, and I’ve been a huge DC sports fan my whole life. I’ve been lucky enough to see both the Nats and Caps win titles in my lifetime, however I have a feeling that my Redskins and Wizards won’t be joining them as champions anytime soon.

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