The Cleveland Indians can knock another two games off their magic number to win the AL Central with a victory on Wednesday against Minnesota. The Tribe is MLB betting favorites as Mike Clevinger faces the Twins’ Jake Odorizzi.
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— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) 8 de agosto de 2018
- When: Wednesday, 7:10 PM ET
- Where: Progressive Field, Cleveland
- Probable pitchers (away/home): Jake Odorizzi/Mike Clevinger
- TV: MLB Extra Innings
- Stream: MLB.tv
- Radio: TuneIn
- MLB Lines: Cleveland Indians -197 / Minnesota Twins +183 (Total 9)
Why Bet on Minnesota?
Could the Twins make a trade? Joe Mauer and Logan Morrison have passed through revocable waivers. While it comes as no surprise, this means that they can now be traded to any team. Alas, that’s surely not happening. Mauer is still owed the remainder of his $23 million salary for this season and owns an underwhelming .725 OPS. He also has a full no-trade clause. Morrison has been a huge disappointment on his one-year, $5.5 million deal, with a .195/.289/.387 batting line in 91 games.
Minnesota has placed OF Robbie Grossman on the 10-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain. Grossman suffered the injury during when he doubled in the fourth inning on Sunday. Johnny Field, who was recently claimed off waivers from the Rays, has been called up to take his spot on the active roster.
Eddie Rosario is hitting .330 (76-for-230) with 10 doubles, three triples, 15 home runs, 34 RBI and 39 runs scored in 61 career games vs. Cleveland; the homers, hits, and RBI all being his personal most vs. any opponent. His 76 hits vs. CLE since 2015 lead baseball. In 29 career games at Progressive Field, he is hitting .363 (41-for-113); in his last seven games here, he has four hits twice and three hits once.
Miguel Sanó is hitting .364 (8-for-22) with three doubles, three RBI, five walks and a .481 on-base percentage in his last seven games. Since being recalled on July 28, he is hitting .276 (8-for-29) with five walks and a .382 on-base percentage, compared to .203 (30-for-148) with a .270 on-base percentage prior to being optioned to the minor leagues on June 14.
It’s Jake Odorizzi on the mound. Odorizzi (4-7, 4.60) didn’t factor into the decision in Friday’s 6-4 win over the Royals, allowing two runs on four hits over 3.1 innings while striking out two. The right-hander threw 75 pitches (49 strikes) and left the game with a 3-2 lead, but he got denied a chance for his fifth win of the season by a 91-minute rain delay in the top of the fourth inning.
Why Bet on Cleveland?
Edwin Encarnacion drove in four runs Monday in the Indians’ 10-0 defeat of the Twins. Encarnacion drove in Michael Brantley on a groundout in the bottom of the first inning and launched a three-run homer off Twins reliever Matt Belisle in the bottom of the seventh. The veteran is up to 25 home runs and 80 RBI. Yonder Alonso slugged his 19th home run of the season in the win. Alonso hasn’t matched his career-best production from 2017 this year in Cleveland, but he does have six home runs and 12 RBI in 16 games since the All-Star break.
The Tribe holds a 33-15 record against the A.L. Central this season, posting a 2.70 ERA (127ER/423.0IP) that ranks as the lowest intradivisional mark in MLB. The Indians offense ranks 2nd in the American League this season in team batting average (.258), stolen bases (85) and home runs (153, T2nd). The the club also ranks 3rd in the A.L. in hits (982), 3rd in OPS (.772) and 4th in runs scored (560). Jason Kipnis is batting .308 (20-65) over his past 21 home games (since June 16) with five homers, three doubles, 12 RBI and 11 runs scored.
Cleveland starting pitchers have combined for a 3.43 ERA this season, the 2nd-lowest mark in the American League (Houston – 3.02) and 3rd-lowest in MLB (Los Angeles-NL – 3.35).
It’s Mike Clevinger (7-7, 3.48) here. Clevinger allowed three runs on five hits while striking out six across six innings as he didn’t factor into the decision Friday against Los Angeles. Clevinger turned in a quality outing, but after surrendering two home runs to Shohei Ohtani, he would exit in a 3-3 game. Clevinger has had a tough stretch of starts recently, as he’s been saddled with the loss in four of his previous five performances (16 runs over 35.1 innings).
Clevinger is 4-4 with a 2.69 ERA in 11 home starts this season.
Latest MLB Betting Trends
- Twins are 1-5 in Odorizzi’s last 6 starts vs. a team with a winning record
- Indians are 7-3 in Clevinger’s last 10 home starts vs. a team with a losing record
- Indians are 9-4 in Clevinger’s last 13 starts during game 3 of a series
- Minnesota is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
- Minnesota is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 5 games
- Cleveland is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Minnesota
- Cleveland is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Cleveland’s last 8 games
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Can’t ignore Clevinger’s home mark – go Tribe.