Preview: Indians at Twins

Current Conditions - Minneapolis
P/CLOUDY 81 °F
Wind: ENE 3
5-Day Forecast
GAME: Cleveland Indians (64-61) at Minnesota Twins (55-70)
DATE/TIME: Thursday, August 21 - 1:10 PM EST
WHERE: Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota
LINE: -134, 124 TOTAL: 7


The Cleveland Indians are hanging around in the American League wild-card race thanks in part to a run of four straight series without a loss. The Indians will attempt to wrap up a three-game sweep when they visit the Minnesota Twins in the series finale on Thursday. Cleveland has won seven of its last nine games to draw within 4 1/2 games of Detroit Tigers in the race for the second wild card.

The Twins had a great chance to make their mark in the AL Central on the current homestand but instead have dropped five of six to Kansas City and the Indians with the second-place Detroit Tigers due to come in for a four-game weekend series. The Minnesota pitching staff yielded an average of 7.2 runs in the last five losses, with the best effort coming in Wednesday’s 5-0 setback. Cleveland’s staff is at the other end of the spectrum with an average of 1.6 runs in the last nine contests.

TV: 1:10 p.m. ET, SportsTime Ohio (Cleveland)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Indians RH Corey Kluber (13-6, 2.41 ERA) vs. Twins RH Phil Hughes (13-8, 3.76)

Kluber has been brilliant of late, allowing a total of two earned runs in 39 innings over his last five outings. The 28-year-old earned the win in each of his last six decisions and notched his eighth double-digit strikeout game with 10 K’s against Baltimore on Friday. Kluber is making his first start of the season  against Minnesota and owns a 2-1 record with a 4.82 ERA in seven career starts against the division rivals.

Hughes has been nearly as sharp with three runs allowed in 20 1/3 innings over his last three starts - all wins. The California native did not issue a walk in 7 1/3 innings against Kansas City on Saturday and has walked a total of 15 batters in 158 innings. Hughes last faced Cleveland as a member of the New York Yankees on June 26, 2012, and walked one over eight scoreless innings to earn a win.

WALK-OFFS

1. The Indians’ starting rotation has an ERA of 1.67 over the last nine games.

2. Minnesota 2B Brian Dozier became the first Twins player since 2004 to reach both 20 stolen bases and 20 home runs on Wednesday.

3. Cleveland 1B Nick Swisher underwent surgery on both knees and is out for the rest of the season.

PREDICTION:
Indians 4, Twins 1

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Cleveland 64-61 W2 37-24 27-37 17-13 25-25 12-13 10-10
Minnesota 55-70 L4 26-35 29-35 13-15 24-26 11-19 7-10

Last Meeting

Cleveland Minnesota
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
8/20/14 CLE 5 MIN 0 .306 2 .898 .188 0 .445

Player Stats

Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
CLE M. Brantley .311 14 .821
MIN B. Dozier .227 10 .818
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
CLE Y. Gomes 4 9 9
MIN B. Dozier 2 8 5
Pitching ERA Avg K
CLE 3.20 .270 104
MIN 4.77 .236 76
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
CLE M. Brantley .316 149 .883
MIN K. Suzuki .302 107 .758
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
CLE C. Santana 21 54 59
MIN B. Dozier 20 85 53
Pitching ERA Avg K
CLE 3.71 .255 1085
MIN 4.43 .247 782

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home Away over/under
OPEN -110 -110
100
7
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports 135 -150
-115
7
Sportsbook 134 -144
-115
7
5Dimes.eu 125
-135
-115
7
GTBets.eu 125 -135
-125
7
Top Bet 134 -144
-115
7
BetDSI 125 -140
-125
7
BookMaker.eu 125 -140
-125
7
Vegas Odds
LVH 130 -140
-105
7
Mirage 125 -145
105
7
Station
135
-150
-105
7
Best home line Best road line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Cleveland Overall Minnesota
64-61 W/L 55-70
60-65 RL W/L 62-63
62-60-3 O/U 62-58-5
4.37 Runs For 4.19
4.21 Runs Against 4.59
Cleveland A/H Minnesota
27-37 W/L 26-35
30-34 RL W/L 21-40
30-32-2 O/U 31-27-3
4.41 Runs For 4.11
4.33 Runs Against 4.92