Cleveland Indians vs. Minnesota Twins Free Pick - 8/25/13
Minnesota Twins (57-71) at Cleveland Indians (70-59)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 25, 2013 at 1:05 pm (Progressive Field)
Michael Pelfrey (R) (5-10) (5.192) vs. Scott Kazmir (L) (7-6) (4.387)
The Line: Cleveland Indians -159 / Minnesota Twins +149 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-North, SportsTime Ohio
The Cleveland Indians look to keep their playoff hopes alive against the rival Minnesota Twins.
The Twins have been tough on Detroit and Cleveland the last week as winners in three of four before the Tribe muscled up for a 7-2 victory over their visiting rivals. Minnesota is a competitive team only if both the arms and bats contribute and neither came through Saturday with starter Liam Hendricks getting lit up for all seven runs on seven hits and a walk over 4.1 innings. That was too much for the Twins five hit, two walk attack that saw Brian Dozier club his 13th, while hitting a sacrifice fly. Mike Pelfrey shoots for another quality start when he takes the hill against the rival Indians. Pelfrey has given up three runs in each of his last two outings in which he has allowed 14 hits and two walks in 13 frames.
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Cleveland is still in the running for the American League Central, but the Wild Card might be more realistic. Whatever the case, each win or loss is absolutely crucial and the Indians came up big Saturday, which means they move on to Sunday with another huge game on the schedule. Both the work on the mound and at the plate were strong, with Zach McAllister allowing both runs on four hits and a pair of bases on balls through seven innings pitched. The bats totaled nine hits and a trio of free passes, with Jason Kipnis and Carlos Santan smacking two run homers, while Nick Swisher drove in two more. The Indians give the ball to lefty Scott Kazmir, who hopes to turn things around against the Twins. Kazmir has struggled in consecutive starts with ten runs given up on 16 hits, including three homers over eight innings.
No sense tip toeing around because I'm going with Cleveland here, but to be honest, both hurlers are reason to worry. Pelfrey throws well whenever and I'm not sold on Kazmir so this could rest on the shoulders of the Cleveland offense...