Minnesota Twins vs. Cincinnati Reds Prediction, Preview, and Odds – 9-19-2023

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The Minnesota Twins and Cincinnati Reds will play on Tuesday at Great American Ball Park. First pitch is at 6:40 p.m. ET.

Minnesota (79-71 SU and 74-76 RL) is starting right-hander Kenta Maeda. The 35-year-old is 5-7 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP in 19 outings this year.

Cincinnati (78-73 SU and 92-59 RL) hasn't named a probable starter for Tuesday. There's a strong likelihood right-hander Ben Lively will take the mound, as he pitched 4.1 innings in relief on September 14 vs. Detroit.

Minnesota: CF Michael Taylor, 2B Nick Gordon, DH Byron Buxton, and 1B Joey Gallo are all sidelined.

Cincinnati: CF Harrison Bader, LF Stuart Fairchild, and C Curt Casali are out. C Luke Maile is questionable.

The Twins won three of four games over the White Sox in their last series. They have a comfortable seven-game lead in the AL Central over second-place Cleveland.

Minnesota scores 4.70 runs per game (12th) and hits .242 (21st) with a .747 OPS (10th). It's hit 213 homers (5th) and stolen 81 bases (23rd) this year. The Twins' pitching staff has compiled a 3.89 ERA (6th) and a 1.20 WHIP (4th) with a league-leading 72 quality starts.

Maeda will start for the visitors on Tuesday in Cincinnati. The veteran right-hander is 2-5 with a 3.31 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP in 11 road outings this season. In his last start, he picked up a win over Chicago, holding the Southsiders to two runs and four hits with eight strikeouts in seven frames.

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