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Where: Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota
PITCHING MATCHUP: Indians RH Trevor Bauer (0-2, 8.44 ERA) vs. Twins RH Ervin Santana (3-0, 0.41)
|Team / Live in game Betting at||Spread||Money Line||Total|
|Cleveland Indians [T. Milone -L]||-1½ +150||-108||Ov 8½ -110|
|Minnesota Twins [K. Hendricks -R]||+1½ -170||-102||Un 8½ -110|
If familiarity breeds contempt, there should be animosity aplenty on Thursday when the Cleveland Indians and the Minnesota Twins meet at Target Field.
Right hander Trevor Bauer will take the mound for the Indians to start this game. Bauer is 0-2 this season with a 8.43 ERA.
Starting this game for the Twins will be Ervin Santana. The right hander has a 0.41 ERA to go along with a 3-0 record this season.
Bauer has yet to complete six innings and is coming off his worst effort of the young season as he surrendered six runs on eight hits and two walks in five frames against Detroit on Friday. The UCLA product yielded four home runs over 15 2/3 innings in those first three outings. Bauer has struggled against Minnesota over the last three seasons, posting a 1-5 record with a 5.32 ERA in 11 starts.
Santana is off to a much better start and is aiming for his fourth straight win after striking out eight in a one-hit shutout of the Chicago White Sox on Saturday. The Dominican has yet to allow more than two hits in any start and is carrying a streak of 18 straight scoreless innings into Thursday’s turn. Santana went 1-1 with a 3.18 ERA in two starts against Cleveland last season but has yielded three home runs in to new Indians slugger Edwin Encarnacion in 25 career at-bats.
The Cleveland Indians made it to extra innings in the seventh game of the World Series last season but might be even better in 2017, if only because shortstop Francisco Lindor keeps improving. Lindor will try to lead the Indians to a series win when they visit the Minnesota Twins for the finale of a rain-shortened three-game set on Thursday afternoon.
Lindor extended his hitting streak to 12 games on Tuesday and recorded his first triple of the season while helping Cleveland to an 11-4 drubbing in the second game of the series. The 23-year-old is starting to get more support from former MVP candidate Michael Brantley, who is 8-for-21 with seven runs scored in his last five games. The Twins are losers of three in a row and are 1-4 on a homestand that was shortened to nine games when Wednesday’s scheduled contest was rained out and rescheduled as a doubleheader on June 17. Minnesota will take the opportunity to switch up its rotation and push rookie Adalberto Mejia back in favor of Ervin Santana opposite Cleveland’s Trevor Bauer, who was scheduled to go on Wednesday.
Team record: 7-7 SU
Cleveland is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland’s last 6 games
Cleveland is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games on the road
Team record: 7-7 SU
Current Streak: lost 3 straight games.
Minnesota is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Minnesota is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Minnesota’s last 11 games
Cleveland at Chicago Friday, April 21
Minnesota home to Detroit Friday, April 21
1. Twins CF Byron Buxton went 0-for-4 on Tuesday to drop his batting average to .085.
2. Cleveland 2B Jose Ramirez is 14-for-24 with 10 RBIs in his last six games.
3. Minnesota 3B Miguel Sano has struck out nine times in his last four contests.
Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
|Michael Brantley||OF||15-Day Disabled List|
|Yan Gomes||C||15-Day Disabled List|
|Tommy Hunter||P||15-Day Disabled List|
|Buddy Boshers||P||15-Day Disabled List|
|Phil Hughes||P||60-day Disabled List|
|Glen Perkins||P||15-Day Disabled List|
|Trevor May||P||15-Day Disabled List|
|Tommy Milone||P||15-Day Disabled List|
|Danny Santana||OF||15-Day Disabled List|
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland’s last 6 games|
|Cleveland is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games on the road|
|Cleveland is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing Minnesota|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cleveland’s last 6 games when playing on the road against Minnesota|
|Cleveland is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Minnesota|
|Minnesota is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Minnesota’s last 11 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 5 games at home|
|Minnesota is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home|
|Minnesota is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games when playing Cleveland|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 6 games when playing at home against Cleveland|
|Minnesota is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Cleveland|
|Cleveland’s Overall Scoring vs Minnesota’s Overall Defense||4.9||2||3.1||1|
|Cleveland’s Away Scoring vs Minnesota’s Home Defense||5.3||2||3.0||3|
|Cleveland’s Road ERA vs Minnesota’s Home ERA Allowed||5.0||13||4.4||7|
|Minnesota’s Overall Scoring vs Cleveland’s Overall Defense||4.1||10||5.0||14|
|Minnesota’s Home Scoring vs Cleveland’s Road Defense||4.3||9||5.0||12|
|Minnesota’s Home ERA vs Cleveland’s Road ERA Allowed||2.7||4||4.6||3|
|TOP 3/BOTTOM 3|
|Indians allow the third least hits in the league at 8.4 per game.|
|Indians are second worst in walks allowed in the league at 3.4 per game.|
|Indians strike out the second most opponents in the league with 8.5 per game.|
|Twins are the third lowest scoring team in the league at 3.8 runs per game.|
|Twins are second worst in K’s per game with 8.8.|
|Twins have the second weakest defence in the league at 4.9 runs per game.|
|Twins have the worst hits allowed in the league, allowing 9.8 per game.|
|Twins are the third best in base on balls allowed, allowing 2.8 per game.|
|Twins trail the league in K’s with 6.1 per game.|