Minnesota Twins vs. Cleveland Indians Free Pick – 8/14/13

Minnesota Twins vs. Cleveland Indians Free Pick - 8/14/13
2013-08-14 12:10:00 EDT

The Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians conclude their series at Target Field.

Not a whole lot has been going the Indians way the past few weeks with defeats in seven of eight heading in to Tuesday’s bout with Minnesota. The Tribe took a much needed positive step in a 5-2 victory but this will mean very little if the losses continue to mount. Neither the arms or bats have been any thing special in this stretch until both got on the same page Tuesday. Zach McAllister came up clutch on the mound with two runs allowed (one earned) on four hits and and a walk, while whiffing seven in six frames. The bats totaled five hits and walked four times, with Ryan Rayburn leading the way with a two run bomb. Carlos Carrasco takes the mound against the division rival Twins on Wednesday. Carrasco last started on July 6th when he gave upseven runs (six earned) on ten hits to Detroit in a 9-4 defeat.

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Minnesota had the perfect opportunity to put another dent in the postseason hopes of struggling Cleveland, but instead it was the Twins who struggled in most phases of the game. Minny has still won seven of eleven but need much better pitching than they received from Samuel Deduno who was tagged for five runs (four earned) on five hits and a trio of bases on balls through six innings of work. The Minnesota attack struggled to only five hits and a single walk, with Josh Willingham leaving the yard, while Justin Morneau smacked a run scoring single. Rookie Kyle Gibson makes 9th career start versus the Indians Wednesday. Gibson has been hit hard the last three times out with a combined 12 runs given up on 20 hits including five homers in 11.2 innings.

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I wouldn’t be in a big hurry to back either hurler and a quick glance at their recent numbers says why. The numbers say runs will be scored although often times when we have two struggling pitchers we get a gem but I’m going over for now…

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