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Twins Mount Last-Ditch Effort Versus Indians

Cleveland Indians Baseball

Twins Looking to Keep Pace Against Indians

As expected, the defending AL Central champs from the Cleveland Indians (63-50, -13.51 betting units) are in very good shape to retain their division title. They’re not quite running away with it.

The Minnesota Twins (53-60, -7.11 units) still have a shot at overtaking the Tribe. Minnesota has to narrow the gap during their current four-game series at The Jake. It wraps up today at 1:10 PM ET.

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

PITCHING MATCHUP: Twins RH Jose Berrios (11-8, 3.51 ERA) vs. Indians RH Corey Kluber (14-6, 2.63).

ODDS: Indians -210-moneyline favorites. The total is at 7.5 -110.

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Two-time and reigning AL Cy Young winner Corey Kluber will to start for the Tribe.

Kluber registered his first shutout of the season and the seventh of his career on Saturday. He held the Los Angeles Angels to three hits and one walk with seven strikeouts.

The 32-year-old has given up one run over 16 1/3 innings in his last two starts. After going winless in the previous three, this was a needed turnaround. Kluber is 9-6 with a 3.36 ERA in 21 career starts against the Twins.

The Tribe hope to give Kluber some improved bullpen support during this playoff drive. They added relievers Brad Hand (2.92 ERA) and Adam Cimber (3.42 ERA) at last week’s trade deadline. They also added CF Leonys Martin (.748 OPS).

Leonys Martin, who has gone 5-for-15 with two homers since being acquired from Detroit, sat out Wednesday due to illness.

Twins Have to Have Great Pitching Against Indians

Berrios is pitching very well in his second full season in the bigs. The Twins are up 1.63 units behind Barrios on a record of 13-10.

Berrios has posted four quality starts in his last six outings. This includes Saturday’s turn in which he limited Kansas City to two runs over seven innings. He earned the victory.

The 24-year-has permitted fewer than three runs in seven of his last 11 outings. He has gone 5-3 with eight quality starts in that stretch. Berrios is 1-0 with a 2.77 ERA in two starts versus Cleveland this year.

Joe Mauer is 16-for-54 with two homers and five doubles versus Kluber.

Logan Forsythe is 9-for-20 with three RBIs during his six-game hitting streak after going 0-for-1 in his team debut on Aug. 1.

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Recent Form

Teamrecordmoneyvs LHPvs RHPFaveDogO/UDiff
Minnesota53-60-$711.0014-1739-4332-2721-3354-56-3-0.26
Cleveland63-50-$1,357.0018-1245-3859-424-857-52-40.99
Pitchers Last 3 Starts

Jose Berrios (11-8) ERA: 3.51

event dateOpponentResultscoreOU Resultipmoney
Aug 4, 2018KCW8-2O7$44.00
Jul 29, 2018BOSL0-3U4.2-$100.00
Jul 24, 2018TORW5-0U7$90.00

C Kluber (14-6) ERA: 2.63

event dateOpponentResultscoreOU Resultipmoney
Aug 4, 2018LAAW3-0U9$33.00
Jul 29, 2018DETW8-1O7.1$43.00
Jul 23, 2018PITL0-7U4-$100.00

Bullpen

Minnesota’s relievers have pitched 11 innings in the last 3 games.
Cleveland’s relievers have pitched 7.2 innings in the last 3 games.
Pitcher Recent Starts Vs Opponent

Minnesota Twins – Jose Berrios

DatescoreWinneriphitsRunsEarned RunswalksstrikeoutsDecision
Jun 1, 20187-4MIN654417Win
Apr 18, 20182-1MIN730005No Decision
May 13, 20174-1MIN7.221114Win
Sep 11, 20167-1CLE2.235341Loss
Aug 1, 201612-5MIN643305Win

Cleveland Indians – C Kluber

DatescoreWinneriphitsRunsEarned RunswalksstrikeoutsDecision
Jun 15, 20186-3MIN544413Loss
Apr 17, 20186-1CLE6.251126Win
Jun 24, 20174-2MIN7320213No Decision
Sep 11, 20167-1CLE7410210Win
Aug 31, 20168-4CLE8633211Win

Supergrid

TitleStatRankStatRank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense4.42184.1210
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense4.25204.4621
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense5.1134.6821
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense5.7124.9121

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayaway scoreHomehome scorelineO/UAway PitcherHome PitcherAway HitsHome HitsAway WalksHome WalksAway StrikeoutsHome Strikeouts
Aug 8, 2018MIN2CLE5-2129UJake Odorizzi (R)Mike Clevinger (R)882394
Aug 7, 2018MIN3CLE2-2358.5UAdalberto Mejia (L)Carlos Carrasco (R)11622119
Aug 6, 2018MIN0CLE10-2188.5OKyle Gibson (R)Trevor Bauer (R)31136135
Aug 1, 2018CLE2MIN01579UCarlos Carrasco (R)Adalberto Mejia (L)8541512
Jul 31, 2018CLE6MIN21448.5UTrevor Bauer (R)Kyle Gibson (R)1164585
Jul 30, 2018CLE4MIN513110UShane Bieber (R)Ervin Santana (R)985358
Jun 17, 2018MIN1CLE4-14210UJake Odorizzi (R)Shane Bieber (R)107341111
Jun 16, 2018MIN9CLE3-1789OFernando Romero (R)Carlos Carrasco (R)13103156
Jun 15, 2018MIN6CLE3-2158OKyle Gibson (R)Corey Kluber (R)671445
Jun 3, 2018CLE5MIN71028.5OMike Clevinger (R)Kyle Gibson (R)61144104

MLB Betting Odds and Trends

Team Vs Division Or Conference

Minnesota Twins

recordHomeAwayFaveDogO/Uvs LHPvs RHP
Overall53-6033-2420-3632-2722-3354-56-314-1739-43
Last 105-54-21-33-02-54-61-04-5
vs Div24-2115-89-1316-148-719-25-16-418-17
vs AL47-4830-1917-2929-2219-2643-50-214-1333-35
vs NL6-123-53-73-53-711-6-10-46-8

Cleveland Indians

recordHomeAwayFaveDogO/Uvs LHPvs RHP
Overall63-5036-2327-2759-415-857-52-418-1245-38
Last 107-34-23-17-30-03-71-16-2
vs Div34-1620-514-1134-160-022-27-111-323-13
vs AL54-4231-1823-2452-333-850-43-316-1138-31
vs NL9-85-54-37-82-07-9-12-17-7
Team Last 5 Games

Minnesota Twins

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalstarteripopposing starterLocation
Aug 8, 2018CLE2-5L1969J Odorizzi4.2Mike ClevingerA
Aug 7, 2018CLE3-2W2168.5Adalberto Mejia5C CarrascoA
Aug 6, 2018CLE0-10L2018.5K Gibson5T BauerA
Aug 5, 2018KC6-5W-1299E Santana4.1D DuffyH
Aug 4, 2018KC8-2W-2259Jose Berrios7B SmithH

Cleveland Indians

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalstarteripopposing starterLocation
Aug 8, 2018MIN5-2W-2129Mike Clevinger7J OdorizziH
Aug 7, 2018MIN2-3L-2358.5C Carrasco6.1Adalberto MejiaH
Aug 6, 2018MIN10-0W-2188.5T Bauer6K GibsonH
Aug 5, 2018LAA4-3W-2659.5Shane Bieber5.2Deck McGuireH
Aug 4, 2018LAA3-0W-3058.5C Kluber9Felix PenaH

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