Cleveland Indians vs. Minnesota Twins MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 5/5/14
Minnesota Twins (14-15) at Cleveland Indians (13-187)
MLB Baseball: Monday, May 5, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Progressive Field)
Kyle Gibson (R) (3-2) (4.345) vs. Zach McAllister (R) (3-2) (3.818)
The Line: Cleveland Indians -156 / Minnesota Twins +146 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Indians and the Minnesota Twins face off on Monday at Progressive field for game one of their AL Central series.
The Cleveland Indians let a sweep of the White Sox over the weekend slip away late on Sunday as they ended the week in last place in the American League Central. The Indians are 9-7 at home this season, 3-7 in their last 10 games, and they are six games behind the Tigers in the division. As a team the Indians are hitting .235 with David Murphy hitting .271, Michael Brantley hitting .268, and Tan Gomes hitting .261. As a team the Indians pitching staff has an ERA of 4.08 with the starters at 4.63 and the bullpen at 3.03. For game one against the Twins the Indians start Zach McAllister who has lost his last two starts. For the season McAllister has allowed 30 hits and 14 earned runs while striking out 28 over 33 innings for a 3-2 record and a 3.82 ERA.
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The Minnesota Twins are a game under .500 but that is good enough for second place in the AL Central .The Twins are 6-6 on the road, 5-5 in their last 10 games, and they have won their last two games. As a team the Twins are hitting .247 with Kurt Suzuki hitting .325, Joe Mauer hitting .296, and Jason Kubel hitting .292. The Twins pitching staff has an ERA of 4.87 with the starters at 5.65 and the bullpen at 3.64. For game one at Cleveland Minnesota starts Kyle Gibson who has been hit hard in his last two starts. For the season Gibson has allowed 31 hits and 14 earned runs while striking out 15 over 29 innings for a 3-2 record and a 4.34.
Cleveland is 2-8 in their last 10 games, 4-2 in their last six home games, and 7-2 in McAllister’s last nine starts. Minnesota is 5-0 against a right-handed starter, 7-3 against the AL Central, and 4-1 in Gibson’s last five starts against the AL Central. Minnesota is 2-7 in the last nine games against Cleveland.
The Twins might be the better team but I like the Indians in the match up for this one.
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