Minnesota Twins vs. Cleveland Indians - 4/27/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Indians (9-9) at Minnesota Twins (7-14)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 8:10 pm (Target Field)
J Tomlin (2-0) (1.54) vs. K Gibson (0-3) (6.10)
The Line: Minnesota Twins +110 / Cleveland Indians -120 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-North, SportsTime Ohio
The Cleveland Indians hope to saddle the Minnesota Twins with a loss on Wednesday.
I said Monday I was not backing the Cleveland Indians against the Twins because the Twins just win in this match up. The trend continued as the Indians tied the score 5-5 in the 9th only to watch Minnesota score in the bottom of the 9th to win once again. Tribe starter Cody Anderson’s early season struggles continued with five runs plated on ten hits in 5.2 frames for a no decision while Cody Allen gave up the walk off winner. The Indians managed six hits with Jason Kipnis, Juan Uribe and Mike Napoli slamming long balls. The Cleveland Indians hand the ball to Josh Tomlin who is looking for a 3-0 start to the season. Tomlin comes off of a 2-1 win at Detroit with the lone run plated on four hits and a walk in 6.2 frames.
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For a struggling Minnesota Twins squad, the Indians have to be a welcome sight although Tuesday’s victory was far from easy. Twins starter Ricky Nolasco was just good enough to keep the Twinkies competitive with four runs allowed on five hits including a pair of homers while Kevin Jepsen surrendered a 9th inning homer to blow the save but ironically became the winner when the Twins scored in the bottom of the 9th. The Twins hammered out 14 hits and walked three times with Eddie Rosario smacking his third long ball. Kurt Suzuki went 2-4 and knocked in two runs while Brian Dozier and Byung Ho Park combined for five runs. The Minnesota Twins are scheduled to send Kyle Gibson to the bump versus the Indians. Gibson looks to bounce back from a 7-1 loss at Washington where he was charged with all seven runs on seven hits and two walks over three innings.
Cleveland are 22-10 in their last 32 Wednesday games and are 10-1 in Tomlin’s last 11 starts while going 10-1 in Tomlin’s last 11 starts on grass. Minnesota are 6-17 in their last 23 overall and are 6-17 in their last 23 games on grass while the over is 5-2-1 in the Twins last 8 overall. Cleveland are 2-8 in the last 10 meetings and the under is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings. I think Tomlin has the edge here but he is facing the powerhouse Twins and I can’t force myself to bet these guys…