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Minnesota Twins @ Detroit Tigers – 1.10PM ET
The Minnesota Twins will enter Tuesday’s clash fresh off a 15-6 victory over the Tigers in what was their first game of a back to back in Detroit.
A pair of five run innings in both the second and fifth helped steer the Twins to a nine run victory, as Nelson Cruz finished with three runs, three hits and five RBIs from his six at bats on Monday.
As for the Tigers, they only managed one run through their first eight innings, before a five run ninth innings made their nine run loss somewhat more respectable.
— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) April 5, 2021
Despite starting each of their first four games at home, Detroit currently have a 2-2 record heading into their fifth consecutive game at Comerica Stadium. Contrastingly, the Twins have a 3-1 record this season with all of their games being played on the road.
Now with 23 runs in their last two games, the Minnesota Twins will enter Tuesday’s matchup in ominous offensive form. Whereas the Tigers once again look like the easy beats of the AL Central division and tough to pick for this matchup, especially having conceded 24 runs in their last two starts.
Given that the scoreline was 15-1 after eight innings on Monday, we like Minnesota to once again win this one with ease.
Atlanta Braves @ Washington Nationals – 4.05PM ET
The Washington Nationals will get their 2021 MLB regular season underway on Tuesday when they host the winless Atlanta Braves.
The COVID-19 outbreak that resulted in Washington’s first three games of the season being postponed has also sidelined 11 Nationals players, as four of the 11 have tested positive for COVID-19.
The Nationals are yet to announce who is in isolation or which additional seven players are in quarantine.
As for the Braves, they lost their opening three games to the Phillies in Philadelphia, only scoring a total of three runs during the three game stretch.
An 0-3 start was not what we expected from Atlanta in 2021, especially after winning the NL East last season with the second best record in MLB, 35-25.
Pablo Sandoval has been the most successful Braves player at bat to start the season, hitting at .500 with two RBIs and one home run.
Although the Braves did not look like a team that is capable of putting up a winning score in their three game series with Phillie, we can’t go past Atlanta to win this matchup.
The Braves are due to bounce back and COVID-19 has limited the Nationals preparation and personnel.
Baltimore Orioles @ New York Yankees – 6.35PM ET
The New York Yankees will look to make it two from two against Baltimore after recently handing the Orioles their first loss of the season.
After winning just one of their first three games against the Blue Jays, the Yankees have improved their record to 2-2 after defeating the Orioles 7-0 in New York on Monday.
New York piled on five runs in the fifth inning which proved to be the difference in the game, as Aaron Judge led the way with the bat, hitting two runs from his two hits in three at bats. While Jordan Montgomery struck out seven players and was hit just four times in his six innings at the mound.
Aaron Judge hits his first homerun of the season 💣
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 5, 2021
Contrastingly, Baltimore lacked consistency at the mound on Monday, however it was the Orioles lineup that proved to be more disappointing, only managing four hits and zero runs.
Prior to Monday’s loss, the Orioles had won their opening three games against the Red Sox, allowing Boston to score just five runs in their three games.
Having been shutout on Monday, it is tough to see Baltimore turning their fortunes around on Tuesday night in New York.
We like the Yankees to join Baltimore with a 3-2 record in the AL East, following a second big win against the Orioles in New York.
Tampa Bay Rays @ Boston Red Sox – 7.10PM ET
Fresh off their first win of the season, the Boston Red Sox will once again take on the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park
After dropping their opening three games of the season to the Baltimore Orioles, the Red Sox defeated the 2020 AL Champion Tampa Bay Rays 11-2 in Boston on Monday.
Nick Pivetta was hit just twice in his five innings at the mound, striking out four rays in the process.
As for Tampa Bay, Monday’s loss brought them to a 2-2 record so far this year, having won two of their opening three games against the Marlins.
Despite having a .500 record through four games, the Rays lineup isn’t performing well early in the 2021 regular season, only managing 1, 6, 7 and now 2 runs in their four games so far.
The same could be said for Boston, who only scored five runs in their three games against Baltimore. However the Red Sox will undoubtedly take confidence from their most recent five run victory at Fenway.
It’s tough to tell whether Boston’s win on Monday was an anomaly or the spark that has turned around their poor early season form, making this a tough game to pick.
However, given that the Rays have struggled to put up a competitive score in their opening four games, we like the Red Sox to make it two from two against Tampa on Tuesday.
Toronto Blue Jays @ Texas Rangers – 8.05PM ET
Two AL East rivals face off on Tuesday night when the Toronto Blue Jays face the Rangers in Texas for the second time in two days.
Toronto are 3-1 to start the 2021 MLB season, after recording two wins from their three games against the Yankees and most recently defeating the Rangers 6-2 on Monday.
Cavan Biggio was walked twice for three runs in two at bats on Monday, while Marcus Semien managed one run, two hits and two RBIs from his five at bats.
His first HR as a @BlueJays player! 😍
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) April 3, 2021
Contrastingly, the Rangers dropped two of their opening three games against the Royals, conceding 25 runs in their two losses, before mustering a 7-3 win prior to their most recent loss to the Blue Jays.
Nate Lowe has had a strong start to his 2021 season with Texas, batting at .347 with nine RBIs and one home run so far this year.
With very contrasting styles of play, Toronto have only allowed a total of 10 runs through their four games this season, while the Rangers have given up 34 runs through their four starts.
Given that Toronto have a much more settled rotation at the mound, we like the Blue Jays to continue their winning ways against the Rangers, keeping Texas’ damaging lineup to a beatable score, as they did on Monday.
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