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Cleveland Indians vs. Minnesota Twins - 8/4/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Minnesota Twins (42-64) at Cleveland Indians (60-44)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 12:10 pm (Progressive Field)

H Santiago (10-4) (4.25) vs. Mike Clevinger (0-1) (7.72)

The Line: Cleveland Indians -153 / Minnesota Twins +143 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: STOh

On Thursday from Cleveland’s Progressive Field, the Minnesota Twins and the Cleveland Indians will be finishing up this week’s MLB series. 

This will be the fourth and final game of the set. Minnesota took the first pair by a combined 22-11 score. On Wednesday, the Twins clobbered the Indians again 13-5. 

Cleveland Indians vs. Minnesota Twins - 8/4/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Taking the mound for the Twins on Thursday will be Hector Santiago. In his 22 starts and 10-4 record this year, Santiago owns a 4.25 ERA with a 1.33 WHIP in 120.2 innings. Getting a victory his last time out against the Red Sox, Santiago allowed just two earned on four hits in five innings. 

At the plate, we’ve got a few gems in the Minnesota lineup. Eduardo Nunez leads the team on 110 hits with 49 runs, 12 homers and 47 RBI. Brian Dozier has a team-high 21 homers with 102 hits 62 runs and 60 RBI. As for Joe Mauer, he’s got 103 hits with 57 runs and 39 RBI. Mayer bagged four RBI on Wednesday. 

Over on the Indians’ side, we’ll be seeing RHP Mike Clevinger make the start. Clevinger has four games (three starts) to his credit in 2016, with a bloated 7.71 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP in 16.1 innings to boot. On July 5 in his last game against the Tigers, Clevinger gave up one hit and no earned in two innings. 

Now let’s check out a few of the notable Indians hitters. Francisco Lindor leads things with 123 hits, 70 runs, 12 homers and 53 RBI. Jason Kipnis has hit 116 times with 61 runs, 17 homers and 58 RBI. Lindor and Kipnis combined to go 0-for-8 on Wednesday. Jose Ramirez is sitting on 104 hits with 52 runs and 43 RBI. 

The Twins are 2-5 in their last seven Thursday games, and 6-1 in their last seven overall. Minnesota is also 5-1 in their last six road games, and 6-1 in their last seven games on grass. 

As for the Indians, they’re 8-1 in their last nine home games versus a left-handed starter, and 5-1 in their last six Thursday games. Cleveland is also 16-5 in their last 21 home games against a left-handed starter, and 18-8 in their last 26 home games. 

I normally like the Indians offense, but I think Santiago can tame them with the way he’s been throwing lately. I’ll take the Twins for the victory here.

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