Minnesota Twins vs. Cleveland Indians MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/20/14
Cleveland Indians (63-61) at Minnesota Twins (55-69)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Target Field)
T.J. House (L) (1-3) (4.350) vs. Ricky Nolasco (R) (5-8) (5.991)
The Line: Minnesota Twins +111 / Cleveland Indians -121 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: STO, FSN-N
The Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins meet Wednesday night at Target Field.
The Cleveland Indians have won six of their last eight games and are two games above .500. The Indians pitching staff has been getting it done during this stretch, allowing three or less runs in six of their last eight games. Overall, the Cleveland Indians have an ERA of 3.73, which is 16th in the majors, and they’ve won 10 of their last 11 games when allowing three or fewer runs. Offensively, Yan Gomes has homered twice in his last 10 games and Michael Brantley has gotten on base in nine of his last 10 games. T.J. House gets the ball, and he’s 1-3 with a 4.13 ERA and has 44 strikeouts in 61 innings. This is House’s second career game against the Twins.
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The Minnesota Twins have lost five of their last seven games and are 14 games below .500. The Twins pitching staff continues to let the team down by allowing four or more runs in seven of their last 11 games. Overall, the Minnesota Twins have an ERA of 4.41, which is 27th in the majors, and they’ve lost eight straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Oswaldo Arcia has homered in three straight games and Joe Mauer has hit in nine of his last 10 games. Starting is Ricky Nolasco, who is 5-8 with a 5.99 ERA and has 75 strikeouts in 109.2 innings. Nolasco is 0-0 with a 7.20 ERA in two career starts against the Indians.
The Indians are 2-5 in Houses last 7 road starts and 5-1 in Houses last 6 starts as a favorite. The Twins are 1-5 in Nolascos last 6 starts as an underdog and 2-5 in Nolascos last 7 starts overall.
It's hard to trust either team or either pitcher in this matchup. The one common is that they both give up a ton of runs. If forced to cap this game, I'm taking the over.