Minnesota vs Cleveland MLB Opening Lines
As MLB odds fans head into the last full week of the regular season, they are down to just a small handful of teams who still have a shot at getting into the postseason. All of that action is taking place in the American League Wild Card race, where the Minnesota Twins are hanging in by the skin of their teeth. They will make one final push for a playoff spot when they head to Cleveland to face the Indians on Tuesday night.
Minnesota Twins vs Cleveland Indians MLB Opening Lines
Date/Time: Tuesday, September 29, 2015 7:10 PM ET
Venue: Progressive Field
TV: SportsTime Ohio
Radio: WTAM 1100, Indians Radio Network, WMMS 100.7
Opening Lines: Cleveland -122, Minnesota +112
The Twins (80-75) are a game and a half back of the Astros for the final Wild Card spot, but they also have the LA Angels standing in their way. What that means is that Minnesota are going to need some help if they are to make it into the postseason. They did a pretty decent job of helping themselves last week with series wins over the Indians and the Tigers. That said, they still have to be thinking about the series loss to the Angels a couple of weekends back, which was what pretty much put them in the position they are in now.
The odds of them overcoming the deficit and making it in do not seem very good, especially with the Kansas City Royals being the final team on their dance card. Kyle Gibson (10-11, 3.96 ERA) will get the start for the Twins on Tuesday.
There is nothing left for the Indians (77-77) to do this season except perhaps play the role of spoiler. They would also like to finish the season over the .500 mark, which would be a small consolation for a year that has not been as good as many would have hoped. One of the biggest problems for Cleveland this season has been their divisional play, as they have routinely struggled against all their division foes.
They did pick up a series win over the Royals this weekend, but keep in mind that Kansas City really didn’t have anything to play for, with a playoff spot and the division title already clinched. Cody Anderson (6-3, 3.31 ERA) will be on the mound for the Indians.
Key Betting Trends
- Minnesota is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Cleveland
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota’s last 6 games when playing Cleveland
- Minnesota is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games when playing on the road against Cleveland
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Cleveland
- Cleveland is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Minnesota
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland’s last 6 games when playing Minnesota
- Cleveland is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games when playing at home against Minnesota
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cleveland’s last 5 games when playing at home against Minnesota
Consider This Before Placing Your Bet
Anderson’s last start came in a win versus the Twins, where he only gave up a single earned run. That said, he did give up 10 hits in that win, so he can be got to. The Twins are desperate, and need a win, which is exactly what I think they will get in this one.