Chicago Cubs at Minnesota Twins 9/1/21 - MLB Picks & Predictions

Last Updated: 08/31/2021 at 8:22 PM ET

The Chicago Cubs conclude a short two-game interleague series on the road Wednesday against the Minnesota Twins. Chicago is 57-75 following a 13-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Sunday. The Cubs lost two out of three in their Windy City Classic against their cross-town rivals. Chicago is fourth in the National League Central 23 games behind the first-place Milwaukee Brewers.

Patrick Wisdom is batting .256 to lead Chicago and the third baseman has team highs in home runs with 25, RBIs with 50 and on-base percentage at .320, Center fielder Ian Happ is the leader in hits with 71. On Wednesday, the Chicago Cubs will send Justin Steele to the mound. The left hander is 2-2 with an ERA of 4.15, 32 Ks and 13 BBs.

Minnesota improved to 58-73 following a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Monday in a makeup game that was postponed earlier due to inclement weather. Josh Donaldson hit a two-run homer to help lead the Twins to the victory. Minnesota has won three of the last four, but is last in the American League Central 17 ½ games behind the first-place Chicago White Sox.

Shortstop Jorge Polanco is leading Minnesota in batting average at .273, home runs with 24, RBIs with 77 and hits with 129. Third baseman Josh Donaldson is the leader in on-base percentage of .360 and Minnesota has hit 185 home runs in 131 games. The Minnesota Twins have not yet announced their starting pitcher for Wednesday's final game of a two-game interleague series with the Chicago Cubs.

Chicago and Minnesota are both having disappointing seasons, but the Cubs are struggling dramatically after trading away three of their best hitters. Chicago has lost 20 of its last 26 overall, 8 of the last 9 interleague matchups and each of the last four played on the road against an opponent with a losing record. Minnesota has struggled on the mound, but the Twins have the seventh best slugging percentage in baseball and have scored the 13th most runs. Final Score Prediction, Minnesota Twins win 6-4.

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