Cleveland Indians at Minnesota Twins Free Preview

Victor TrejosBaseball, MLB

The Cleveland Indians are seeking their fourth straight win as they play host to the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field. SportsTime Ohio will broadcast the action and the game will get underway at 1:10 p.m. ET.

Minnesota Twins at Cleveland Indians Odds

Minnesota (+187) is entering this one as the underdog to Cleveland (-205) and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under for this one at 8 runs. The odds for wagering on the game’s total stand at -120 for the under and +100 for the over. Bettors can also wager on the game’s runline with the current odds standing at Twins +1.5 runs (-115) and Indians -1.5 runs (-105).

The Twins are 52-59 SU and are 62-50 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 6.8 units for moneyline bettors, despite having gained 9.3 units ATS. Minnesota is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the over has hit in four of those seven. The Indians, on the other hand, are 62-49 SU and 54-58 ATS. They’ve lost 16.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 10.3 units ATS. Cleveland has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in five of those seven.

Indians games have an over/under record of 57-51-4 in 2018. The Twins have an over/under record of 54-55-3.

Jose Berrios is getting the start for the Twinkies. The right-handed Berrios is 11-8 with a 3.51 ERA and 148 strikeouts. He’s 1-0 with 12 strikeouts and a 2.77 ERA against Cleveland this year (two starts).

The Indians are putting the ball in the right hand of Corey Kluber (14-6, 2.63 ERA, 0.92 WHIP), who’s got 146 strikeouts and 20 walks. Kluber is 1-1 with nine strikeouts and a 3.86 ERA across two starts against Minnesota this year.

Cleveland’s pitching staff has given up 4.1 runs per game overall in 2018 as a unit. Its starters have an ERA of 3.40, a WHIP of 1.15 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 9.4. The bullpen has a 4.97 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 8.5 K/9. In 48 games against AL Central opponents, Indians starters have an ERA of 2.57 and the bullpen’s ERA is 2.84.

The Cleveland hitters have produced 5.1 runs per contest, including 5.5 per game against divisional foes and 4.6 per game over their last five. The team has hit .247/.352/.435 over its last five matchups and is 4-1 SU during that stretch.

Shortstop Francisco Lindor and third baseman Jose Ramirez have led the Indians’ hitters this year. Lindor is slashing .295/.376/.560 with 27 home runs, 67 RBIs, 96 runs and 17 stolen bases, and Ramirez is batting .300 with 33 homers, 83 RBIs, 78 runs and 26 steals.

For the visitors, Minnesota’s pitching staff allowed 4.7 runs per game and its starters own a 4.34 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 8.48 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 4.70, along with a WHIP of 1.35.

The Twins offense has slashed .244/.317/.400 on its way to 4.5 runs scored per game this season, including 4.4 runs per game against divisional foes and 4.0 per game over the team’s last five contests (3-2 SU).

Left fielder Eddie Rosario and shortstop Eduardo Escobar continue to lead Minnesota’s offense. Rosario is hitting .293/.334/.494 with 20 home runs, 66 RBIs and 72 runs scored, while Escobar (.274/.338/.514) has produced 15 homers, 63 RBIs and 45 runs scored.

The Twins have lost 4.5 units and are 43-38 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has cashed in 42 of those games, compared to 37 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Indians have lost 16.9 units and are 38-44 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in 42 of those games, as opposed to 37 that’ve gone under.

Minnesota Twins vs. Cleveland Indians Free MLB Tip

Predictions: SU Winner – Indians, ATS Winner – Twins, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • The over has hit in four of Minnesota’s last seven games.
  • The Twins have hit six home runs in their last 10 games, including four over their last five.
  • Minnesota fielders have committed four errors over their last five games, compared to zero errors for Cleveland over its last five.
  • The Indians have won five of their last six games SU.