Minnesota Twins vs. Cleveland Indians - 7/16/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Indians (52-36) at Minnesota Twins (32-56)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Target Field)
T Bauer (7-3) (3.30) vs. Tyler Duffey (5-6) (5.20)
The Line: Minnesota Twins +115 / Cleveland Indians -135 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Indians look to keep rolling after a 5-2 win in Minnesota yesterday as they continue their series at Target Field against the Twins on Saturday.
The Indians have been one of the best teams in baseball through the first half of the season and are the odds on favourites right now to claim the AL Central crown and qualify for the playoffs, and with the front of their rotation including Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, and Danny Salazar they are going to be a very tough out if they make the postseason. Cleveland is also expecting Michael Brantley back in action soon and if he is healthy he can add some serious pop to the lineup as he has been among the best five tool guys in the league over the last few seasons. The Indians will send Trevor Bauer to the mound, who is enjoying a nice bounce back season with the Tribe after a couple of highly anticipated yet underwhelming seasons with the Diamondbacks and if he can get a win here it would push his season total to eight as he will go toe to toe with Tyler Duffey.
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The Twins meanwhile had gone on a bit of a run heading into the all-star break but they are still well back of playing a factor in the wild card picture and they will be lucky to even flirt with the .500 mark this season. Minnesota has had to battle some injuries this season but the fact remains they don’t have a ton of depth in their rotation and not enough quality in the lineup despite some solid pop out of guys like Eduardo Nunez and Brian Dozier. Duffey is 5-6 with a 5.24 ERA which doesn’t bode well here against an Indians side that is playing some very consistent baseball this season and can tee off on pitchers who are susceptible to the long ball.
Cleveland is 7-0 in their last seven game two’s of a series, 8-2 in their last 10 road games, and 5-2 in Bauer’s last seven starts, while the Twins are 5-1 in their last six, 4-0 in Duffey’s last four starts, but 6-24 in their last 20 against the AL Central. The Twins have been playing well but they are overmatched again here as Bauer should have no issues as he earns another win for the Tribe on the road.