Cleveland Indians vs. Minnesota Twins MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/9/14
Minnesota Twins (61-82) at Cleveland Indians (74-68)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Progressive Field)
Trevor May (R) (1-4) (9.552) vs. Trevor Bauer (R) (5-7) (4.234)
The Line: Cleveland Indians -172 / Minnesota Twins +162 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-N, STO
The Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians begin a three-game series Tuesday at Progressive Field.
The Minnesota Twins have lost four straight games and are 21 games below a .500 record. The Twins issue hasn’t changed at all, as they’ve allowed four or more runs in eight straight games. Overall, the Minnesota Twins have an ERA of 4.60, which is 28th in the majors, and they’ve lost seven of their last nine games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Kurt Suzuki has hit in five of his last six games and Joe Mauer has hit in seven of his last 10 games. Trevor May takes the mound, and he’s 1-4 with a 9.38 ERA and has 21 strikeouts in 24 innings. This is May’s first career game against the Indians.
USA TODAY Sports
The Cleveland Indians have won seven of their last 11 games and are six games above a .500 record. Despite the success, the Indians have produced three or less runs in seven of their last nine games, really putting pressure on their pitching staff. The Indians have split their last 14 games when scoring three or fewer runs. Michael Brantley has a 12-game hitting streak and David Murphy has hit in eight of his last 10 games. The Cleveland Indians have an ERA of 3.57, which is 11th in the majors. Starting is Trevor Bauer, who is 5-7 with a 4.10 ERA and has 124 strikeouts in 129.2 innings. Bauer is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA in two career starts against the Twins.
The Twins are 6-13 in their last 19 games following an off day and Twins are 2-5 in their last 7 road games. The Indians are 8-3 in Bauers last 11 home starts and 4-1 in Bauers last 5 starts overall. The Twins are 6-13 in the last 19 meetings.
I don't like laying heavy juice on a team that's playing a team coming off an off day. Don't love this matchup, but I'll take my chances on the Twins with the value.