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Cleveland Indians vs. Minnesota Twins - 8/1/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Minnesota Twins (39-64) at Cleveland Indians (58-42)

MLB Baseball: Monday, August 1, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Progressive Field)

Tyler Duffey (5-8) (6.12) vs. D Salazar (11-3) (2.89)

The Line: Cleveland Indians -225 / Minnesota Twins +207 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSN, STOh

On Monday, the Minnesota Twins and the Cleveland Indians will be kicking off their MLB month from Progressive Field. 

The Twins are fresh off a weekend set against the White Sox. The two teams split the first two games (each decided by a single run) and on Sunday the Twins took the series with a 6-4 victory. 

Cleveland Indians vs. Minnesota Twins - 8/1/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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As for the Indians, they just finished up against the Athletics. Cleveland won the first two games, and on Sunday in the finale the Indians posted a blowout 8-0 result. 

The Twins will likely be rolling out RHP Tyler Duffey in Monday’s game. Duffey holds 17 starts with a 5-8 record, a 6.12 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP in 89.2 innings so far. During his last outing against the Braves, Duffey lasted just 1.1 innings with eight hits and five runs for an obvious loss. 

Helping things out on offense, we’ve got a few gems out there in Minnesota. Eduardo Nunez has been the high point with his 110 hits, 49 runs, 12 homers and 47 RBI. Brian Dozier holds 97 hits with 58 runs, 19 homers and 54 RBI. Dozier blasted a pair of solo shots on Sunday. Joe Mauer is up there too with 93 hits, 49 runs and 33 RBI. 

Over on the Indians’ side Monday, we’ll be seeing RHP Danny Salazar. Over 19 starts and an 11-3 record this year, Salazar owns a 2.89 ERA with a 1.20 WHIP in 115.1 innings overall. Taking a no-decision his last time out, Salazar put up four innings with five hits and four earned. 

Taking the swings for Cleveland, we’ve got some interesting players here as well. Francisco Lindor has hit 119 times with 68 runs, 12 homers and 52 RBI. Jason Kipnis holds 114 hits with 60 runs, 17 homers and 58 RBI. Kipnis bagged three RBI on Sunday. Jose Ramirez has 98 hits with 49 runs and 42 RBI so far this year. 

The Twins are 1-5 in their last six Monday games, and 8-2 in Duffey’s last 10 starts against the American League Central. Minnesota is also 4-1 in Duffey’s last five starts versus a team with a winning record, and 5-2 in Duffey’s last seven starts overall. 

Meanwhile, the Indians are 12-4 in their last 16 game ones of a series, and 19-7 in their last 26 against the American League Central. Cleveland is also 18-5 in their last 23 home games and 14-6 in their last 20 games versus a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30. 

I don’t think Duffey will do much here, so I’ll take Cleveland easily in this game.

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Cleveland Indians -225

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