AL Central Division Showdown on Tap as Minnesota Visits Cleveland (08/06/2018)
Vegas Odds and MLB Picks: Minnesota Twins at Cleveland Indians
The Minnesota Twins will contemplate on cultivating their winning disposition and will strive to capture their fourth consecutive victory as they get ready to resume competition against the Cleveland Indians. The two AL Central Division rivals are scheduled to lock horns in the first chapter of a four-game series with the opener set to be presented by the ESPN+ network on Monday night at 7:00 p.m. ET and live from Progressive Field in Cleveland.
The Indians, who are riding on a two-game winning streak and have won 6 of their last 9 home games against the Twins, enter this tilt as a -190 home favorite, thanks to Bovada Sportsbook, with the total set on 8 runs. RH Kyle Gibson (5-8, 3.47 ERA) will attempt to recover from latest loss as he is set to thread the mound for the Twins while RH Trevor Bauer (10-6, 2.34 ERA) will look to capture his third consecutive victory as he gets the call in the series’ opener for the Indians.
Despite a losing record, Gibson has had a decent season by collecting thirteen quality starts in his 21 outings this year. The 30-year old has been particularly efficient of late by allowing less than two runs in six of his last eleven trips to the mound. The Missouri product allowed 3 runs across 5 hits with 3 walks and six strikeouts in six innings in a 6-2 loss the Indians back on Tuesday. The Indiana native is 3-7 with a 5.16 ERA in 17-career starts against Cleveland.
Apart from an outing in which he allowed four runs in just four innings to Texas, Bauer has been spot on in his last eleven trips to the mound by recording ten quality starts during that successful stretch. The 27-year old yielded two runs across four hits with four free passes and three strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings in a 6-2 victory against the Twins on Tuesday. The California native is 5-7 with a 4.75 ERA in seventeen-career starts against the Twins.
Prediction: Cleveland 6 – Minnesota 3
Team record: 52-58 SU
Current Streak: won 3 straight games.
Minnesota is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Minnesota is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Minnesota is 4-12 SU in its last 16 games on the road
Team record: 61-49 SU
Cleveland is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland’s last 6 games
Cleveland is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Minnesota at Cleveland Tuesday, August 7