Ricky Nolasco (2-4, 4.93 ERA) and Wei-Yin Chen (3-2, 4.25 ERA) take the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Minnesota Twins (17-40) and the Miami Marlins (30-28) at Target Field. The Twins won the last game 6-4, and Minnesota leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jun. 8 and can be seen on FSN and FSFL.
Nolasco pitched 7.2 innings in his most recent start, surrendering three runs (one unearned) and striking out seven in a 4-2 defeat to the Rays. Eduardo Nunez (.337, 29 Rs, 9 HRs, 24 RBIs, 12 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 5 with two runs, two home runs, and two RBIs. Chen went 6.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out five and walking three in a 4-3 win over the Pirates in his last outing. Marcell Ozuna (.312, 36 Rs, 11 HRs, 29 RBIs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run.
The Marlins are a modest -115 favorite with a total of 8.5 after Tuesday night's extra-inning affair.
Pick - Min
When leading after seven innings, Miami is 12-13, while Minnesota is 8-13.
The Marlins are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 10 strikeouts. The Twins have a record of 5-19 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Twins are 10-7. The Marlins have a 25-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Minnesota and Miami both rank near the bottom of the league in runs. Minnesota sits at 27th with 215 runs this season and Miami ranks 25th with 223.
Ranking 23rd, Minnesota is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.704). Miami ranks in the bottom half at 16th with an OPS of .727.
When the Marlins allow at least one home run, they are 12-14. When the Twins allow one or more homers, they have a 12-32 record.