Minnesota Twins (61-58) at Philadelphia Phillies (65-53)
Game Info: Sunday, August 13th, 2023 at 1:35 p.m. EST (Citizens Bank Park)
Betting Odds: Phillies ML (-120) - Over/Under (9)
Pick: Phillies ML (-120)
Sunday afternoon takes us to the city of brotherly love, as the Minnesota Twins and the Philadelphia Phillies wrap up a three-game weekend series. Both of these teams are heavily involved in playoff races in their respective divisions and leagues. Each of these teams have picked up a victory over the first two games of this series, and one of them will be looking to take a two out of three games from the other here in Sunday afternoons finale.
After their dominating performance on Saturday night, Minnesota finally broke their five game losing streak. Now they will come into the finale of this series with the Philadelphia Phillies looking to take two out of three games from Philadelphia on the road and put some more distance between themselves and the Cleveland Guardians in the American League Central division. Minnesota has been very up-and-down all season long and if they want to hold off Cleveland and make the postseason, they will certainly need to find a consistent rhythm coming down the final stretch of the 2023 Major League Baseball regular season. After Cleveland choked away yet another lead to Tampa Bay, Minnesota has now put themselves up four and a half games over the Guardians.
With their comfortable victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night Minnesota picked up their 60th win of the season. They now come into the finale of this series with a record of 61-58 through their first 118 games of the 2023 Major League Baseball season. They snapped their five game losing streak in the process and they have now picked up five victories in their last 10 games on the season. They will be looking to grab their second consecutive victory here on Sunday afternoon and take this series from Philadelphia on the road and give themselves plenty of momentum heading into the middle of August.
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The Philadelphia Phillies came into the 2023 Major League Baseball season with plenty of expectations. After making a run all the way to the World Series last season and winning the National League pennant many people expect them to compete for another World Series berth this year. However, they were stumbling coming out of the gates when the season started but as the year has gone and they have recovered and they now have themselves in a good position to make the playoffs this year. Philadelphia comes into this game currently occupying one of the three wild card spots in the National League and they will be looking to grab a series victory here on Sunday afternoon to put some more distance between themselves and the other National League ball clubs.
Philadelphia comes into this series finale with a record of 65-53 through their first 118 games of the 2023 Major League Baseball season. He will be looking to bounce back here on Sunday after they were blown out by Minnesota on Saturday night in a reverse of the results on Friday night where they blew Minnesota out to grab a victory. The pitching matchup for this game should be a solid one, as Sonny Gray takes the mound for the Minnesota Twins against the Philadelphia Phillies and Ranger Suarez. Philadelphia has picked up seven victories in their last 10 games on the year and they’ve moved into second place in the National League East division. They also hold onto the top wildcard spot in the National League as well.
Betting trends to consider in this matchup:
- Philadelphia is 34-23 at home this season
- Philadelphia is 29-18 as a home favorite this season
- Minnesota is 12-18 as a road underdog this season
After consecutive blowouts by both teams in the first two games of this series, I expect this one to be a lot more competitive and back-and-forth here in Sunday’s finale. In the end, I have the Philadelphia Phillies pulling out the victory over the Minnesota Twins to take two out of three games from Minnesota at home. As I look for Philadelphia to take advantage of a struggling Sonny Gray, and put up a cricket number on the board to grab the victory.
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