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Twins vs. Cardinals odds: Advanced computer model on 7-3 heater locks in May 8 MLB picks

The St. Louis Cardinals host the Minnesota Twins in the final game of a night-day interleague series, with the first pitch set for 1:15 p.m. ET. The Cardinals are -195 on the money line, meaning it would take a $195 bet on St. Louis to win to return $100. Conversely, it would take a $100 bet on Minnesota to net $167. The over-under on runs scored is eight.

Before you make a pick for either side, you need to see what SportsLine’s advanced computer model has to say. This model is on a 7-3 run and simulates all games 10,000 times to create money-line, over-under and run-line picks. In this case, that includes a coveted top-rated selection that hits more often than its odds imply.

The model entered the week hitting seven of its past 10 top-rated selections. Now, it has broken down every conceivable pitcher-batter showdown. All of its picks are available at SportsLine.

The computer has taken into account not just the success of Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez, but his team when he starts. Martinez is 3-1 with a 1.40 ERA, but just as impressive is the team’s 6-1 mark when he gets the nod.

His Tuesday counterpart, Jake Odorizzi (2-2, 4.10), has been hit-or-miss. Three of his seven starts have been quality (18 innings, two runs allowed), but in the four others he’s given up 17 runs over 19 1/3 frames.

Each team is coming in hot. The Cardinals had won five straight before Monday’s 6-0 loss, while the Twins have won five of six. St. Louis scored three to four runs in four of those victories as the pitching has stepped up. Minnesota has scored at least four runs in eight straight.

So what is the top-rated pick for Twins-Cardinals? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the money line has all the value, all from the advanced computer model on a 70 percent cash rate on its top-rated selections.

CBS Sports Staff

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