Minnesota Twins at Cleveland Indians MLB Spread Preview
Is it better for your playoff challenge to end early on or in the final week of the season? Most would probably say the latter, as it would suggest that a team has played well enough all year to hang in there until the end. It has to be painful to go out that way, though, and the Minnesota Twins might find out just how badly it hurts this week. They will be in Cleveland to face the Indians on Thursday night. Don’t forget to check out for more online betting odds by clicking here.
A Brief Report on the Minnesota Twins at Cleveland Indians MLB Spread Preview & Game Info
Date: Thursday, October 1st, 2015
Venue: Progressive Field
— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) September 30, 2015
There has to be a real level of frustration for the Twins (81-75) right now, as they just cannot make up any ground in the AL Wild Card. The Twins have certainly given it their best shot, as they have won 6 of their last 8 games, but they are having to contend with a suddenly hot LA Angels ball club that has reeled off 7 wins in a row. The end result is that Minnesota are still a game and a half out of that final Wild Card spot, and unless the Angels start dropping games, the Twins are going to miss out on the postseason by the slimmest of margins. They will try to stay in it, but have a tough road to travel in order to do so. They have a Wednesday doubleheader with the Indians, and then follow that up with a weekend series at home to the Kansas City Royals. They pretty much have to be perfect to stand a chance. Tyler Duffey (5-1, 3.14 ERA) will be looking for his 4th straight win with this start.
Mathematically speaking, the Cleveland Indians (77-78) are still alive in the playoff race, but there would have to be a miracle of the highest order for them to get in. They certainly haven’t helped their cause by losing back to back games, and another loss to the Twins in this series should be enough to put them out of their misery. The fact that they have been able to hang around so long in the Wild Card race has more to do with the weakness of the AL than it does the ability of this team. It doesn’t help that they are in a division that has been dominated by the Royals this season, but being there also helped highlight the fact that this team needs a little more help if they are to be a true contender. Josh Tomlin (6-2, 3.03 ERA) will start for the Indians.
Key Online Betting Trends
Minnesota is 6-2-1 SU in its last 9 games
Minnesota is 4-1-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Minnesota is 5-1-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Cleveland
Minnesota is 2-3-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Cleveland
Cleveland is 15-6-1 SU in its last 22 games at home
Cleveland is 2-3-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Cleveland is 1-5-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Minnesota
Consider This Before Placing Your Bet
This is a pretty good pitching match-up, but the edge has to go to Duffey. He was outstanding the last time he faced the Indians, pitching 6 innings of scoreless ball, whilst only surrendering a single hit. Look for more of the same on Thursday.