Preview: Indians at Twins

Current Conditions - Minneapolis
P/SUNNY 82 °F
Wind: WNW 17
5-Day Forecast
GAME: Cleveland Indians (50-49) at Minnesota Twins (45-53)
DATE/TIME: Tuesday, July 22 - 8:10 PM EST
WHERE: Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota
LINE: -140, 129 TOTAL: 9


Although his contract talks reportedly haven't gone very far, Kurt Suzuki continues to produce on the field. The All-Star catcher looks to continue his strong season as the Minnesota Twins vie for a series victory over the visiting Cleveland Indians on Tuesday. Suzuki, who is blistering 22-for-60 in his last 17 games, had a two-run double among his three hits in Minnesota's 4-3 victory on Monday. 

While Suzuki is batting .311 - a full 79 points higher than his 2013 average -- Yan Gomes hasn't been too shabby in his own right. Gomes, who ripped an RBI double in the fifth inning Monday, is 10-for-21 with two homers and five RBIs in his last six starts. Monday's setback proved to be disheartening for the Indians, who had made themselves at home at Target Field by winning the previous six meetings.

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

PITCHING MATCHUP: Indians RH Danny Salazar (1-4, 5.53 ERA) vs. Twins RH Yohan Pino (1-2, 4.39)

Salazar is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Columbus to make his ninth start of the season. The 24-year-old Dominican has faced the Twins on three occasions - and has settled for a pair of no-decisions in his meetings this season. Salazar permitted two runs in 5 2/3 innings on April 4 before allowing three runs in 6 1/3 on May 7.

Pino picked up his first career victory after allowing one run for the second straight start and scattering seven hits in five innings against Seattle on July 10. For his efforts, the 30-year-old Venezuelan was promptly demoted to Triple-A Rochester after the contest. The move was made in part to get additional pitching time for Pino, who has yielded only 10 hits in his last 11 innings.

WALK-OFFS

1. Cleveland SS Asdrubal Cabrera's availability for Tuesday is unclear after exiting the series opener with lower-back spasms.

2. Minnesota LF Josh Willingham, who has hit safely in four of his last five outings, belted the go-ahead homer in the eighth inning on Monday.

3. Indians RHP Justin Masterson is expected to make one more appearance with Triple-A Columbus as he works his way back from a right knee injury.

PREDICTION: Indians 5, Twins 2
 

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Cleveland 50-49 L2 29-19 21-30 13-11 21-21 8-11 8-6
Minnesota 45-53 W1 22-25 23-28 13-15 18-14 8-15 6-9

Last Meeting

Cleveland Minnesota
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
7/21/14 CLE 3 MIN 4 .229 0 .575 .290 1 .837

Player Stats

Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
CLE M. Brantley .433 13 1.118
MIN C. Colabello .273 9 .799
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
CLE Y. Gomes 3 5 7
MIN C. Colabello 2 5 8
Pitching ERA Avg K
CLE 3.50 .266 74
MIN 4.52 .236 45
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
CLE M. Brantley .328 121 .911
MIN K. Suzuki .311 90 .766
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
CLE M. Brantley 15 67 63
MIN B. Dozier 18 71 45
Pitching ERA Avg K
CLE 3.95 .256 860
MIN 4.28 .246 595

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home Away over/under
OPEN 115 -135
-120
8.5
Offshore Odds
5Dimes.eu 133 -143
107
9
CarbonSports 134 -144
-105
9
GTBets.eu 133 -143
100
9
Top Bet 133 -143
-125
8.5
SBO.ag OFF OFF OFF
BetDSI 131 -146
100
9
Sportsbook
134
-144
-105
9
BookMaker.eu 128 -143
100
9
Vegas Odds
LVH 126
-136
-115
9
Mirage 130 -150
110
8.5
Station 130 -145
105
8.5
Best home line Best road line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Cleveland Overall Minnesota
50-49 W/L 45-53
47-52 RL W/L 50-48
51-46-2 O/U 48-45-5
4.45 Runs For 4.20
4.45 Runs Against 4.46
Cleveland A/H Minnesota
21-30 W/L 22-25
23-28 RL W/L 17-30
23-26-2 O/U 24-20-3
4.41 Runs For 4.34
4.43 Runs Against 4.77