Minnesota Twins @ Cincinnati Reds 9/19/23 Free Pick, MLB Odds, MLB Predictions

Minnesota Twins (79-72) at Cincinnati Reds (79-73)

Game Info: Tuesday, September 19th, 2023 at  6:40 p.m. EST (Great American Ball Park)

Betting Odds: Reds ML (+120) - Over/Under (9.5)

Pick: Reds ML (+120)

Tuesday night takes us to Cincinnati where Minnesota looks to bounce back from their series opening loss to the Cincinnati Reds as they look to clinch the American League Central division as early as this weekend. This will be the second game of a three game interleague series here on Tuesday night, and the Cincinnati Reds will be playing for the playoffs as they look to stay in the mix of the National League wildcard race coming down the final stretch of the season as well.

The Minnesota Twins have had a successful season as they have picked up steam at the right time and they have been stringing together victories coming down the final stretch of the season. They have also gotten some serious help by playing in the worst division in all of Major League Baseball, and the fact that the Cleveland guardians cannot get out of their own way and their bullpen continues to choke away games for them. They have built up a respectable lead in the American League Central division, and they are on the doorstep of officially clinching the division after Cleveland’s loss on Monday night to the Kansas City Royals. 

As they have knocked their magic number down well into the single digits heading into this game on Tuesday night despite losing on Monday night to Cincinnati. Minnesota comes into the second game of this series with a record of 79-72 through their first 151 games of the 2023 Major League Baseball season. Regardless of what happens throughout the remainder of the season, they will be locked into the third and final divisional winners spot in the American League, which means they will be playing one of the wildcard teams in the opening round of the playoffs, rather than getting a pass to the American League Divisional Series.

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The Cincinnati Reds picked up a crucial victory over Minnesota in the opening game of their three game series on Monday night. Now they will be looking to replicate that performance here on Tuesday as they look to take two consecutive games from the leaders in the American League Central division. With another victory on Tuesday, they would officially clinch the series over Minnesota, and set up the opportunity to sweep Minnesota in the finale of the series on Wednesday at home. Every game coming down the final stretch of the season is that much more important for the Cincinnati Reds as they look to get themselves inside of the top three in the National League wildcard race and make the playoffs. 

Cincinnati comes into the second game of this series with a record of 79-73 through their first 152 games of the 2023 Major League Baseball season. They are currently sitting in the third wildcard spot in the National League as they are currently tied with their division rivals, the Chicago Cubs heading into this game on Tuesday. Luckily for Cincinnati, they currently possess the tiebreaker for the season series over Chicago, which could factor into the outcome of the wildcard race. As it could end up being the deciding factor on if Cincinnati makes the playoffs this season or not. As tying with the Chicago Cubs for the third wildcard spot would give Cincinnati the edge because of the tiebreaker they obtained last week.

Betting trends to consider in this matchup:

- Cincinnati is 44-34 after a win

- Cincinnati has won six out of their last ten

- Cincinnati is 27-15 against the American League 

I expect the Cincinnati Reds to pick up their second consecutive victory of this series over Minnesota on Tuesday night at home. As I look for Cincinnati to rough up Minnesota’s pitching staff once again after they posted seven runs on Monday night in the series opener. The Reds have the momentum right now and that is why I look for the Reds to come away with a second consecutive, comfortable victory over Minnesota and clinch the series here on Tuesday night as well.

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