Cleveland Indians at Minnesota Twins Free Preview

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The Minnesota Twins are playing host to their divisional rival Cleveland Indians at Target Field. The game gets underway 8:10 p.m. ET and SportsTime Ohio will be televising the matchup.

Cleveland Indians vs. Minnesota Twins Odds

Cleveland (-155) is favored over Minnesota (+145) and Vegas has the Over/Under for this night game at 8.5 runs. The odds for wagering on the games total stand at -110 for both the over and the under. You can also bet on the games spread with the runline odds sitting at -110 for the Indians -1.5 runs and -110 for the Twins +1.5.

The Indians have gone 56-47 SU this year and are 50-54 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 15.3 units for moneyline bettors and 9.8 units ATS. The Twins, on the other hand, are 48-55 SU and 58-46 ATS. They’ve lost 10.1 units for moneyline bettors while gaining 9.5 units ATS.

Twins games have an over/under record of 50-51-3 in 2018. The Indians have been a decent over bet with a total record of 55-45-4.

The right-handed Trevor Bauer will get the nod for the visiting Indians. Bauer is 9-6 with a 2.32 ERA and 192 strikeouts. He’s 0-1 with 11 strikeouts and a 4.76 ERA against Minnesota this year.

The Twins are handing the ball to righty Kyle Gibson (5-7, 3.42 ERA), who’s got 126 strikeouts and 50 walks to his name, as well as a 1.21 WHIP. Gibson is 1-0 with 10 strikeouts and a 2.13 ERA over two starts against Cleveland this year.

Minnesota’s pitchers have allowed 4.7 runs per game overall in 2018 as a unit. Its starting pitching staff has an ERA of 4.32, a WHIP of 1.34 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 8.6. The bullpen has a 4.78 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 9.5 K/9. In 36 games against divisional opponents, Twins starters have an ERA of 4.32 and the bullpens ERA is 2.85.

Minnesota’s offense is putting up 4.5 runs per outing, including 4.5 per game against divisional foes and 5.2 per game over its last five. The teams hit .251/.324/.374 over its last five games and is 3-2 SU during that span.

The Twins hitters have been led by Eddie Rosario, who is slashing .306/.348/.513 with 19 home runs, 64 RBIs and 69 runs scored.

In the other dugout, Cleveland’s pitchers have allowed 4.3 runs per game and its starters own a 3.53 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 9.39 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 5.08, along with a K-per-9 of 8.68.

The Indians offense has slashed .257/.329/.441 on its way to 5.1 runs scored per game this season, including 5.4 runs per game against divisional foes and 3.4 per game over the teams last five outings (2-3 SU).

Cleveland’s hitters have been led by Francisco Lindor. Lindor is slashing .292/.368/.567 with 27 home runs, 66 RBIs, 90 runs and 15 stolen bases.

The Twins are coming off of a 10-4 loss against the Red Sox, while the Indians just dropped a 2-1 game to the Tigers.

Cleveland Indians vs. Minnesota Twins Prediction

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

Betting Notes

  • The under has hit in four of Cleveland’s last seven games.
  • The Indians have hit 15 home runs in their last 10 games. The Twins have hit seven over their last 10.
  • Cleveland has posted 23.3 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 17.4 over its last five.