The Minnesota Twins enter the 2021 MLB season with lowered expectations.
Twins bettors browsing MLB markets at Iowa sportsbooks will see a lot of options, from run lines to first five innings wagers. Here’s your guide to betting on the Twins, including how to navigate live betting and receive free bonus offers.
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The best way to wager is using regulated online sportsbooks in Iowa. If you’re legally eligible to bet in the state, are within the state borders and have an internet connection, you’re all set. Let’s get started:
Which app is best for betting on the Twins is all about function and reliability. Of course, an app is only as good as the sportsbook that powers it. Thus, bettors are looking for an app with the following qualities:
The app that best checks all those boxes is DraftKings Sportsbook. DraftKings offers great deals, especially for new bettors. The DK app offers all types of markets on Twins games that IA law and regulations allow. You’ll rarely see DraftKings exclude the Twins from baseball betting markets or promotions as well.
For most individual games, the standard betting markets include three separate wagers: moneyline, run totals and run line betting. Here’s an example from an IA sportsbook:
|Minnesota||-1.5 +132||O 7.5 -110||-124|
|Cleveland||+1.5 -157||U 7.5 -110||+106|
The first market is the run line, which is like the point spread in basketball or football. In this market, the visiting Twins are favored by a run-and-a-half, with odds of +132. Thus, if you felt confident that Minnesota would beat Cleveland by at least two runs this day, you’d take those odds. On the other hand, if you believed the Indians would make it a closer game or win the game outright, you’d take Cleveland -157.
Next is the run total market for the game. This is the line on how many runs both teams will combine to score in the game. So, if you felt there would be at least eight runs between Cleveland and Minnesota in this game, you’d bet the over. If you felt both teams would score seven or fewer runs, you’d take the under wager. Finally, there’s the moneyline bet, which is simply a bet on which team will win the game. In this instance, Minnesota is a -124 road favorite.
Minnesota won a second-consecutive AL Central title in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season with a record of 36-24. The Twins were the third seed in the AL bracket in the expanded playoffs. They started the postseason with a best-of-three series against the Houston Astros. Unfortunately for the Minnesota faithful, Houston swept the Twins out of the playoffs.
Minnesota’s vaunted offense (sixth in MLB in home runs) managed a mere two runs off Astros’ pitching over the two games. Designated hitter Nelson Cruz led the way in that category, mashing 16 dingers in the 53 games he played.
There are four teams against which the Twins have won over 1,000 regular-season games throughout their history. Three of them are current division foes: the Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians and the Detroit Tigers. The other is the Oakland Athletics. As far as all-time regular-season win percentages go, the top three are much smaller samples and all three are National League teams:
As far as those teams against which Minnesota has its worst all-time, regular-season winning percentages, one familiar opponent does sneak onto the list:
Baseball lends itself well to in-game wagering because of the frequent and repetitive actions of players. However, one obstacle can be the lag. For example, the time span between when a pitcher throws the ball and when the odds will update can sometimes be too wide. The best way to combat that is by using an Iowa sports betting app.
On most apps, you can not only bet on the results of individual at-bats but even single pitches within a plate appearance. Other live markets include a props bet on whether a team will score a run during a particular half-inning. Those odds fluctuate as runners reach base or outs are recorded through the course of an inning. They also change as managers introduce pinch hitters/runners or make pitching changes.
With live betting, it’s important to be aware of speed. Thus, using the IA sports betting app on your phone will keep you clued in to what’s going on in the game but simultaneously where the in-game odds are sitting, so you can act the second you see a market that looks good to you.
Before and throughout each season, you can bet on a myriad of other baseball futures, including the Twins as a team and individual Minnesota players.
As far as team futures go, you can wager on a win total market, taking either the over or the under bet on how many games they will win during the regular season. On the player side, you can bet on players, e.g., Josh Donaldson and Nelson Cruz to lead MLB in statistical categories or win awards like a Silver Slugger.
In these situations, it can pay to have active accounts with more than one licensed Iowa online sportsbook. That way, you can shop to get the absolute best Twins betting odds. As with all futures betting, though, you need to manage your bankroll appropriately. Such wagers will tie a part of your bankroll up for up to several months.
Those markets cover the length of the 2021 season, but you can also find prop bets for individual games. Again, these are available for the entire teams and players on them. You could find a total market for the number of strikeouts recorded by Kenta Maeda on a day he is starting or a spread market for just the first five innings of the game.
Other options might include whether a team will hold a lead through an inning and the total number of hits and walks for Jorge Polanco during the game. Check below for current prop odds on key Twins players for today’s game of the season.
You can check out the complete Minnesota Twins schedule here. Here are the games the Twins will play in August:
|Aug. 3-4||at Cincinnati Reds|
|Aug. 5-8||at Houston Astros|
|Aug. 9-11||vs. White Sox|
|Aug. 13-15||vs. Tampa Bay Rays|
|Aug. 16-18||vs. Cleveland Indians|
|Aug. 19-22||at New York Yankees|
|Aug. 24-26||at Boston Red Sox|
|Aug. 27-29||vs. Milwaukee Brewers|
|Aug. 31-Sept. 1||vs. Chicago Cubs|
To qualify, batters must have recorded at least 100 at-bats in a non-pandemic season while pitchers must have pitched at least 25 innings in the same. The 2020 season was shortened by the COVID-19 pandemic.
|Year||Batting average||Home runs||Runs batted in||Wins||Earned run average||Strikeouts issued|
|2020||Luis Arrarez, .321||Nelson Cruz, 16||Eddie Rosario, 42||Kenta Maeda and Randy Dobnak, six||Matt Wisler, 1.07||Kenta Maeda, 80|
|2019||Luis Arrarez, .334||Nelson Cruz, 41||Eddie Rosario, 109||Jake Odorizzi, 15||Randy Dobnak, 1.59||Jose Berrios, 195|
|2018||Eddie Rosario, .288||Eddie Rosario, 24||Eddie Rosario, 77||Jose Berrios, 12||Fernando Rodney, 3.09||Jose Berrios, 202|
|2017||Joe Mauer, .305||Brian Dozier, 34||Brian Dozier, 93||Ervin Santana, 16||Alan Busenitz, 1.99||Ervin Santana, 167|
|2016||Eduardo Nunez, .296||Brian Dozier, 42||Brian Dozier, 99||Tyler Duffey, nine||Fernando Abad, 2.65||Ervin Santana, 149|
The Twins currently boast one of the best shortstop prospects in baseball along with several young arms that should be ready for their big-league debuts over the next two seasons.
|3||Jordan Balazovic||Right-handed pitcher||22|
|4||Jhoan Duran||Right-handed pitcher||23|
|5||Aaron Sabato||First base||21|
|6||Matt Canterino||Right-handed pitcher||23|
|10||Blayne Enlow||Right-handed pitcher||22|
Manager Rocco Baldelli’s staff consists of several long-tenured veterans in the game:
The current manager, Rocco Baldelli, is now in his third season at the helm in Minnesota. So far, he is 144-98 as the Twins’ manager, with no postseason series wins in two opportunities. This is his first big-league managerial job. Here are Baldelli’s most recent predecessors.
Target Field, which the Twins have called home for over a decade now, is the smallest venue in MLB at only 8.5 acres in total area. It’s also one of MLB’s youngest venues, though, as only Marlins Park in Miami is newer.
National rights holders for MLB include Disney, Fox, Google and Turner. Thus, some Twins games will be available on the ESPN networks, FS1, FS2, Fox, TBS and YouTube.
Games will be available via attached streaming platforms ESPN+ and FoxSportsGo in accordance with carrier contracts. Bally’s Sports North, formerly Fox Sports North, has the local broadcast rights for Twins games. Bally’s Sports North occupies the same channels with all carriers that Fox Sports North had.
Bally’s Sports will eventually debut its own app for streaming purposes, but until then, viewers with access to live streams can continue to stream games through the FoxSportsGo app. Unfortunately, MLB considers the Twins an “in-market” team for Iowa MLB.TV subscribers. Thus, Iowans cannot watch Twins games live on MLB.TV. MLB.TV subscribers can stream Twins games in archived format, however, which is 90 minutes after the game’s conclusions.
Twenty-one individuals have gone into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Those players are (unless noted):
Including those numbers retired for the Washington Senators and Jackie Robinson’s league-wide No. 42, there are eight numbers retired in the Twins franchise. Besides Robinson, those numbers are:
The mascot is an anthropomorphic bear, named T.C. Bear. He is most often depicted wearing a team jersey and cap with cleats. Like most mascots, he is rarely if ever depicted wearing pants.
The “T” in the logo refers to “Twin” instead of Twins, while the “C” refers to “Cities.” The franchise is named after Minnesota’s “twin cities” of Minneapolis and St. Paul.
The current principal owner is Jim Pohlad. James took over the controlling interest of the franchise when his father, Carl, passed in January 2009. Carl Pohlad bought the franchise in 1984 after making a fortune selling the US Bank chain.
If you confine it to games played as the Minnesota Twins, the answer is 11. The Twins appeared in the 1965, 1987 and 1991 World Series, winning the latter two. The franchise’s history with the World Series goes deeper to when it was known as the Washington Senators. The Senators appeared in the 1924, 1925 and 1933 World Series. Washington won the 1924 series in seven games, then went on to lose the 1925 series in seven and the 1933 series in five games.