Minnesota Twins vs. Cleveland Indians - 8/21/14
Cleveland Indians (63-61) at Minnesota Twins (55-69)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 1:10 pm (Target Field)
Corey Kluber (R) (13-6) (2.409) vs. Philip Hughes (R) (13-7) (3.636)
The Line: Minnesota Twins +120 / Cleveland Indians -130 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
The Indians look to keep pace in the race for the second wild card spot in the American League and they send out their ace Corey Kluber against the woeful Minnesota Twins.
The Cleveland Indians were a team in around the all-star break that many expected wqould challenged the Tigers for the American League Central but as the second half has unraveled they find themselves 4.5 games back in the Wild Card race instead. The Indians lost some pieces at the trade deadline but perhaps their most coveted and important piece stayed put as starting pitcher Corey Kluber continues his impressive season. Kluber is among the league’s bets in strikeouts and sports a 13-6 record and an impressive 2.41 ERA and he will go up against Minnesota’s makeshift number one guy and former Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes who is enjoying a career resurgence since his move to the Twins. Michael Brantley has been Cleveland’s MVP without question this season and if his club is going to catch the likes of Seattle and Kansas City he will have to continue to perform.
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The Twins have struggled once again to do any damage in the Central this season as they are 14 games under .500 and are 12.5 games back of the second wild card spot which essentially has them playing for next season already. Minnesota has seen some strong individual play of their own this season as second baseman Brian Dozier has been among the game’s best and with Josh Willingham heading out the door at the trade deadline and Joe Mauer struggling with injuries all season it is nice to see a fresh face stepping up and carrying the team. It is clear that the Twins are just looking to play spoiler at this point and while getting them at this price against a division rival at home is tough to pass up, there is a reason why the Indians are favoured here and simply put it is because Kluber Is that good. I don’t see any alternative here and while Hughes has been good I think the Cleveland bats can do enough to get them a multi run win in this spot.