The Minnesota Twins are set to take on their divisional rival Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. The game gets underway 7:10 p.m. ET and SportsTime Ohio will broadcast the matchup.
Minnesota Twins vs. Cleveland Indians Odds
Oddsmakers have listed Minnesota (+170) as the underdog to Cleveland (-180). The total sits at 9.5 runs and gamblers can take the over for -120 and the under for even money (+100). Bettors can also wager on the game’s runline with the odds sitting at -130 for the Twins +1.5 runs and +110 for the Indians -1.5.
The Indians are 75-56 straight up (SU) and 62-68 against the spread (ATS). The team has lost 14.9 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 14.7 units (ATS). Cleveland has covered the spread just twice in its last seven games and the total has gone over in three of those seven. The Twins are 61-70 SU and have gone 68-62 ATS. Overall, the team’s lost 9.8 units for gamblers taking the moneyline, but have gained 2.3 units ATS. Minnesota has covered the spread just twice over its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven.
Cleveland games have an over/under record of 64-60-6 in 2018. The Twins have an over/under record of 62-65-3.
Kohl Stewart is getting the start for the visiting Twins. The right-handed Stewart is 0-1 with a 6.94 ERA and nine strikeouts. He has yet to face the Indians this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.
The Indians are sending righty Adam Plutko (4-4, 5.09 ERA) to the mound. Plutko has 39 strikeouts and 17 walks to his name, as well as a WHIP of 1.25. Plutko is 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA against Minnesota this year.
Minnesota’s pitching staff allowed 4.8 runs per game and its starters own a 4.52 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 8.33 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.51, along with a K-per-9 of 9.25.
The Twins offense has slashed .245/.316/.404 on its way to 4.4 runs scored per game this season, including 4.4 runs per game against divisional foes and 2.4 per game over the team’s last five outings (1-4 SU).
Minnesota’s hitters have been led by left fielder Eddie Rosario and first baseman Joe Mauer. Rosario is hitting .288/.326/.481 with 22 home runs, 73 RBIs and 82 runs scored, while Mauer (.278/.353/.376) has produced five homers, 39 RBIs and 45 runs scored.
In the other dugout, Cleveland’s pitchers have given up 4.1 runs per game overall in 2018. Its starting pitching staff has a 3.41 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 9.5 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.83 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 8.9 K/9. In 58 games against AL Central foes, Indians starters have an ERA of 2.65 and the bullpen’s ERA is 3.27.
The Cleveland hitters are putting up 5.1 runs per outing, including 5.4 per game against divisional foes and 5.0 per game over their last five. The team has a slash-line of .275/.337/.386 over its last five matchups and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.
The Indians’ batters have been led by shortstop Francisco Lindor and outfielder Michael Brantley. Lindor is hitting .291/.367/.533 with 29 home runs, 78 RBIs, 108 runs and 19 stolen bases, and Brantley’s line sits at .304/.360/.467 with 14 homers, 69 RBIs and 74 runs.
The Twins have lost 5.7 units and are 48-44 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has cashed in 46 of those games, compared to 44 that’ve gone under against right-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Indians have lost 11.9 units and are 46-51 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over has cashed in 48 of those games, compared to 44 that went under.
Minnesota Twins vs. Cleveland Indians Free Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Indians, ATS Winner – Twins, O/U – OVER
- The over has cashed in three of Cleveland’s last seven games.
- The Twins have dropped five of their last six games SU.
- Minnesota has posted 19.1 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 16.8 over its last five.