Minnesota Twins vs Cleveland Indians 8-28-2018

Minnesota Twins vs Cleveland Indians 8-28-2018

Minnesota Twins (60-66) vs Cleveland Indians (73-53)

Date : 08/28/2018
Time : 7:10 pm EST
Location : Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio

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Minnesota Twins vs Cleveland Indians

Game 1 of a 3-game set versus the Minnesota Twins and the Cleveland Indians will take place on Tuesday night at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio, beginning at 7:10 pm EST.  the Twins are in 2nd place currently in the AL Central while the Indians are in 1st place.  In their last outing, the Indians would go down 2 games to nil versus the Kansas City Royals in a 3-game road set by suffering the 7-1 loss on 8-25-2018.  The Royals cashed out on the money line (+258) while the under was the play with total runs being set at 9.5 for the game. The Tribe would only obtain 5 hits for the game with Melky Cabrera going 2-4 while Yan Gomes and Yonder Alonso would each go 1-3 for the night.  Corey Kluber (16-7) would suffer the loss in pitching 5.1 innings while allowing 5 runs on 9 hits, 1 homer, along with 6 k’s with an ERA of 2.91 for the game while Heath Fillmyer (2-1) would go 6 innings while allowing 1 run on 3 hits for a 4.21 ERA in the win.  Ryan O’hearn would go 2-3 with 3 RBI’s in the victory while Whit Merrifield would go 2-4 with 2 RBI’s for the Royals.  The loss was the 4th straight for Cleveland.

In their last outing, the Twins would go down 2 games to 1 after suffering the 6-2 home loss versus the Oakland Athletics on 8-25-2018.  The A’s cashed out on the money line (-155) while the under was the play with total runs being set at 9.5 for the game.  Newly-acquired pitcher Mike Fiers (10-6) would get the win as he would go 5.2 innings while allowing 1 run on 5 hits along with a homer and 7 strikeouts for an ERA of 3.15 for the game while Stephen Gonsalves (0-2) would suffer the loss as he would last 5 innings while allowing 4 runs on 7 hits and a homer for an 11.67 ERA in the loss for the Twins.  Joe Mauer would go 2-5 for the home team while Tyler Austin would go 2-4 with an RBI and Miguel Sano going 1-4 with an RBI as well.  Jonathan Lucroy would go 2-4 with 4 RBI’s for the red-hot A’s.  the loss was the 2nd straight for the Twins and 3rd in 4 outings.

Minnesota Twins's Latest Performance :

The Minnesota Twins come into this game losers of 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 2-3.  Recently, the Twins would win a 4-game home set versus the Detroit Tigers on 8-19-2018 while going on to Lose to the White Sox on 8-20-2018 (make up game) by a 7-5 score at home while tying the Chicago White Sox in a 2-game road interleague set on 8-22-2018.

Eduardo Escobar (.274 BA on 368 AB), Joe Mauer (.272 BA on 313 AB), Max Kepler (.236 BA on 377 AB), and Brian Dozier (.224 BA on 410 AB) have been consistent within the Twins offense this season; However, Eddie Rosario (.299 BA on 452 AB) has been instrumental in their offensive attack as well.

Pitcher Kyle Gibson (7-10, 140 IP, 60 R, 118 H, 15 HR, 56 BB, 135 SO, 3.60 ERA) and Jose Berrios (11-8, 146 IP, 57 R, 118 H, 17 HR, 36 BB, 148 SO, 3.51 ERA) have led the Twins pitching staff thus far.  Jake Odorizzi (5-8, 115.1 IP, 64 R, 116 H, 18 HR, 47 BB, 120 SO, 4.60 ERA) has also been solid for Minnesota this year.


Cleveland Indians's Latest Performance :

The Cleveland Indians come into this matchup losers of 4 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 2-2-1.  Recently, after winning a 3-game home set versus the Baltimore Orioles on 8-19-2018, the Indians would tie a 4-game home set versus the Red Sox on 8-23-2018.  They would go on to play horrible in their following series versus the Royals as they would go down 2 games to none after a 7-1 loss on 8-25-2018.

Jose Ramirez (.305 BA on 433 AB) and Francisco Lindor (.293 BA on 485 AB) have spearheaded the Indians offensive attack this season.  Yonder Alonso (.249 BA on 394 AB) and Edwin Encarnacion (.229 BA on 384 AB) have struggled a bit, yet, continue to be offensive leaders for the Indians.  Jason Kipnis (.226 BA on 407 AB) has also struggled thus far in the young season.

Corey Kluber (16-7, 168 IP, 56 R, 133 H, 21 HR, 22 BB, 160 SO, 2.91 ERA) and Trevor Bauer (12-6, 166 IP, 49 R, 125 H, 8 HR, 56 BB, 214 SO, 2.22 ERA) have been the most consistent thus far.

How Minnesota Twins & Cleveland Indians Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

For the season, the Twins are 68-61 ATS while the O/U is 62-64-3.  On the other hand, the Indians are 60-69 ATS while the O/U is 63-60-6.

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

After dropping 5 of 7 recently, the Twins have rebounded to win 6 of their last 9 games.  On the other hand, with the division all but wrapped up at this point, it seems as if the Indians, barring a total implosion, will indeed wrap up the AL Central as they are winners of 11 of their last 14 games.  their offense has been up and down all season, however, they have plated 23 runs in their last 4 outings while the pitching staff has allowed 17 runs during this time, largely due to their 8-4 loss to the Yankees on 8-24-2018.  Nonetheless, while the Twins have played the Indians well for most of the season, the Tribe has won 5 of the last 7 meetings while winning 4 of the last 7 at Progressive park.

Totals Selection: Pick: Games 1, 2, & 3: Under

My reason for the prediction :

The under has not only been the play in 6 of the last 8 games amongst these two teams, but, has also been the play in 6 of the last 8 road games for the Twins while also being the result in 4 of the last 7 games for Cleveland.  Also, the under has also been 5-1 in the Tribe’s last 6 home games, overall.  Besides, I expect both teams to be focused in this contest as the Indians will be looking to further separate themselves from the competition in the division while the Twins could use some wins in which to gain even more confidence moving forward.

Betting trends for Minnesota Twins:

    • The Twins are 7-4 in last 11 games
    • The Twins are 3-6 in last 9 road games
    • The Under is 6-2 in Twins last 8 road games

Betting trends for Cleveland Indians:

    • The Indians are 10-2 in last 12 games
    • The Indians are 7-2 in last 9 home games
    • The Under is 5-1 in Indians last 6 home games


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