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    Edouard Julien leads the Minnesota Twins (63-59) into a contest with the Pittsburgh Pirates (54-67) after he collected four hits in an 8-7 loss to the Tigers. The Twins are moneyline favorites (-225) against the Pirates (+185) in this outing, which starts at 8:10 PM ET on Friday. Pablo Lopez starts for Minnesota while Pittsburgh will counter with Andre Jackson.

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    Game Info, Betting Lines for Twins vs. Pirates

    • Game Day: Friday, August 18, 2023
    • Game Time: 8:10 PM ET
    • Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • Stadium: Target Field
    Twins vs Pirates Betting Information
    Favorite Favorite Moneyline Total
    Twins -225 8.5

    How Do I Watch the Twins vs. the Pirates?

    • TV Channel: BSN

    Twins Stats & Trends

    Twins Batting

    • The Twins average 1.4 home runs per game to rank seventh in MLB play with 167 total home runs.
    • Minnesota has the 21st-ranked batting average in the majors (.238).
    • The Twins rank 20th in MLB with an on-base percentage of .316.
    • Minnesota’s batters strike out 10.2 times per game, the most in MLB.
    • The Twins average 1.5 homers per home game this season (86 total at home).
    • Minnesota is averaging 3.4 extra-base hits per game while slugging .448 in home contests.
    • At home this season the team averages 8.3 hits per game and is batting .250.

    Twins Key Batters

    • Carlos Correa leads Minnesota in OBP (.308), slugging percentage (.409) and total hits (96) this season. He has a .231 batting average.
    • He ranks 121st in batting average, 110th in on-base percentage, and 96th in slugging among all qualifying hitters in the majors.
    • Correa has recorded a base hit in nine games in a row. In his last 10 outings he is hitting .324 with two doubles, three home runs, four walks and nine RBI.
    • Max Kepler has 12 doubles, 20 home runs and 26 walks. He’s batting .239 and slugging .471 with an on-base percentage of .303.
    • Kepler enters this game looking to extend his two-game hit streak. During his last five outings he is hitting .333 with a double, two home runs, three walks and three RBI.
    • Donovan Solano is batting .279 with a .400 slugging percentage and 25 RBI this year.
    • Julien is batting .287 with a .381 OBP and 20 RBI for Minnesota this season.
    • Julien enters this matchup on a two-game hitting streak. In his last five games he is hitting .313 with three walks and two RBI.

    Pirates Stats & Trends

    Pirates Batting

    • The Pirates have hit 121 homers this season, which ranks 23rd in the league.
    • Pittsburgh has a team batting average of just .235 this season, which ranks 26th among MLB teams.
    • The Pirates have the 22nd-ranked on-base percentage in MLB this season (.313).
    • Pittsburgh ranks 21st in strikeouts per game (8.9) among MLB offenses.
    • They have averaged 1.2 home runs per game in their 60 road contests this season.
    • Pittsburgh has a team slugging percentage of .394 in away games this season with 187 extra-base hits.
    • In away games this season, they’re batting .227 with 7.7 base hits per contest.

    Pirates Key Batters

    • Bryan Reynolds has 111 hits with a .469 slugging percentage, both team-high numbers for the Pirates. He’s batting .266 and with an on-base percentage of .330.
    • He is 53rd in batting average, 71st in on-base percentage and 39th in slugging percentage among all qualifying hitters in the majors.
    • Andrew McCutchen has a .377 on-base percentage to lead his team. He has a batting average of .251 while slugging .381.
    • Including all qualifying hitters, his batting average puts him 88th, his on-base percentage ranks 15th, and he is 116th in slugging.
    • Ke’Bryan Hayes is batting .261 with 19 doubles, six triples, eight home runs and 19 walks.
    • Jack Suwinski has 17 doubles, 21 home runs and 57 walks while batting .209.

    Twins vs. Pirates Probable Pitchers

    Pablo Lopez (MIN) Pitcher Andre Jackson (PIT)
    8 – 6 W/L 0 – 0
    147.2 IP 26.1
    3.66 ERA 5.47
    1.090 WHIP 1.215
    11.0 K/9 9.6
    2.3 BB/9 1.7

    Twins vs. Pirates Injury Updates

    • Twins: Alex Kirilloff: 10 Day IL (Shoulder), Willi Castro: 10 Day IL (Oblique), Byron Buxton: 10 Day IL (Hamstring), Jose Miranda: 10 Day IL (Shoulder), Joe Ryan: 15 Day IL (Groin), Brock Stewart: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Tyler Mahle: 60 Day IL (Arm), José De León: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Jorge Alcala: 60 Day IL (Forearm), Nick Gordon: 60 Day IL (Shin), Chris Paddack: 60 Day IL (Elbow)
    • Pirates: Ji-Hwan Bae: 10 Day IL (Ankle), Dauri Moreta: 15 Day IL (Back), Carmen Mlodzinski: 15 Day IL (Elbow), Vince Velásquez: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Tucupita Marcano: 60 Day IL (Knee), Oneil Cruz: 60 Day IL (Ankle), Jarlin García: 60 Day IL (Arm), Max Kranick: 60 Day IL (Elbow), JT Brubaker: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Joshua Palacios: day-to-day (Illness)

    Recent Scores and Betting Lines for the Twins and Pirates (Last 10 Games)

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