Preview: Indians at Twins

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GAME: Cleveland Indians (63-61) at Minnesota Twins (55-69)
DATE/TIME: Wednesday, August 20 - 8:10 PM EST
WHERE: Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota
LINE: -108, 100 TOTAL: 8.5


The Cleveland Indians attempt to remain within reach of a postseason berth when they visit the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday. Cleveland posted its third win in four contests Tuesday, rallying for seven unanswered runs after falling behind 5-0 in the first inning to stay 6 1/2 games behind first-place Kansas City in the American League Central and 4 1/2 back in the race for the second wild-card spot. Yan Gomes collected three hits - including a solo homer - and scored three times while Zach Walters and Tyler Holt drove in two runs apiece as the Indians overcame an ineffective start by Trevor Bauer.

Cleveland received strong performances from its starting pitchers over the previous seven games as the rotation allowed a total of five runs in that span before Bauer matched that in his first frame Tuesday. Minnesota, however, was unable to take advantage of the early lead as it fell to 1-4 on its 10-game homestand. Oswaldo Arcia provided the big blow against Bauer, belting a three-run shot for his fifth home run in his last seven contests.

TV: 8:10 p.m. ET, SportsTime Ohio (Cleveland), FSN North (Minnesota)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Indians LH T.J. House (1-3, 4.13 ERA) vs. Twins RH Ricky Nolasco (5-8, 5.99)

House looks to end his four-start winless streak as he takes the mound for the first time since Aug. 7, when he allowed four runs - three earned - and eight hits over six innings in a loss at Cincinnati. The 24-year-old has not won since yielding three runs in 6 2/3 frames against Kansas City on July 5. House did not receive a decision in his first career start versus the Twins on July 21 as he gave up three runs on six hits and three walks in five innings at Minnesota.

Nolasco struggled in his return from a strained elbow as he surrendered five runs and seven hits over six innings in a loss to Kansas City on Friday. The 31-year-old, who spent over a month on the disabled list, yielded six runs in two of his three outings prior to the injury. Nolasco made his first two career starts against Cleveland this season, allowing a total of eight runs on 13 hits and five walks over 10 innings but not factoring in the decision in either contest.

WALK-OFFS

1. Holt was recalled from Triple-A Columbus prior to the series opener as INF Ryan Raburn was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sore right wrist.

2. Minnesota RHP Mike Pelfrey, who is out for the season following elbow surgery in June, aims to begin throwing off a mound Sept. 8 as he continues his rehabilitation.

3. Indians RHP Scott Atchison signed a one-year contract extension with a club option for 2016.

PREDICTION: Twins 5, Indians 4

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Cleveland 63-61 W1 37-24 26-37 17-13 24-25 12-13 10-10
Minnesota 55-69 L3 26-34 29-35 13-15 24-25 11-19 7-10

Last Meeting

Cleveland Minnesota
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
8/19/14 CLE 7 MIN 5 .324 1 .849 .229 1 .642

Player Stats

Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
CLE M. Brantley .341 14 .899
MIN K. Suzuki .241 7 .665
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
CLE Y. Gomes 4 9 9
MIN B. Dozier 2 8 5
Pitching ERA Avg K
CLE 3.49 .266 98
MIN 4.75 .240 68
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
CLE M. Brantley .319 149 .891
MIN K. Suzuki .302 107 .758
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
CLE C. Santana 21 53 59
MIN B. Dozier 20 85 53
Pitching ERA Avg K
CLE 3.74 .254 1079
MIN 4.43 .247 774

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home Away over/under
OPEN -110 -110
-110
8.5
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports 103 -113
-110
8.5
5Dimes.eu 102 -112
-105
8.5
GTBets.eu 103 -113
-110
8.5
Top Bet 101 -111
-105
8.5
SBO.ag OFF OFF OFF
BetDSI 101 -111
-110
8.5
Sportsbook 103 -113
-110
8.5
BookMaker.eu 101 -111
-110
8.5
Vegas Odds
LVH -105
-105
-115
8.5
Mirage -100 -120
-110
8.5
Station
105
-120
-110
8.5
Best home line Best road line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Cleveland Overall Minnesota
63-61 W/L 55-69
59-65 RL W/L 62-62
62-59-3 O/U 62-57-5
4.36 Runs For 4.23
4.24 Runs Against 4.59
Cleveland A/H Minnesota
26-37 W/L 26-34
29-34 RL W/L 21-39
30-31-2 O/U 31-26-3
4.40 Runs For 4.18
4.40 Runs Against 4.92