Minnesota Twins vs. Cleveland Indians MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/19/14
Cleveland Indians (79-73) at Minnesota Twins (66-87)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 19, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Target Field)
Trevor Bauer (R) (5-8) (4.164) vs. Philip Hughes (R) (15-9) (3.453)
The Line: Minnesota Twins -130 / Cleveland Indians +120 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: STO, FSN-N
The Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins begin a three-game series Friday night at Target Field.
The Cleveland Indians have won three straight and have improved to six games above a .500 record. The Indians have allowed three or less runs in six of their last nine games, including just three combined runs in their last three games. Overall, the Cleveland Indians have an ERA of 3.62, which is 16th in the majors, and they’ve won 12 of their last 13 games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Michael Brantley has a nine-game hitting streak and Carlos Santana has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games. Trevor Bauer gets the ball, and he’s 5-8 with a 4.04 ERA and has 135 strikeouts in 142.2 innings. Bauer is 0-2 with a 5.79 ERA in three career starts against the Twins.
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The Minnesota Twins have lost five of their last eight games and are 22 games below a .500 record. The Twins issue remains their pitching staff that has allowed four or more runs in 14 of their last 17 games. Overall, the Minnesota Twins have an ERA of 4.61, which is 28th in the majors, and they’ve lost eight of their last 10 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Trevor Plouffe has an RBI in six of his last nine games and Kurt Suzuki has a six-game hitting streak. Starting is Phil Hughes, who is 15-10 with a 3.56 ERA and has 176 strikeouts in 194.2 innings. Hughes is 4-1 with a 2.37 ERA in six career starts against the Indians.
The Indians are 0-4 in their last 4 during game 1 of a series and 4-1 in Bauers last 5 starts vs. a team with a losing record. The Twins are 1-4 in their last 5 games following an off day and 13-3 in Hughes' last 16 starts vs. a team with a winning record. The Indians are 9-3 in the last 12 meetings in Minnesota.
Hughes has had success against the Indians in his career and has been at his best when playing against winning teams. Give me the home team in this spot.