Cleveland Indians vs. Minnesota Twins Pick-Odds-Prediction - 4/4/14
Minnesota Twins (0-2) at Cleveland Indians (2-1)
MLB Baseball: Friday, April 4, 2014 at 3:05 pm (Progressive Field)
Michael Pelfrey (R) (0-0) (0.00) vs. Danny Salazar (R) (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Cleveland Indians -160 / Minnesota Twins +150 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-North, SportsTime Ohio
The Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins butt heads at Progressive Field to kick off a weekend set.
Minnesota played some exciting baseball aginst the White Sox and finally came out on the winning side in a come from behind 10-9 victory Thursday afternoon. The Twins outscored Chicago 5-1 over the last three frames capped off by a two run 9th. Starter Phil Hughes gave up four runs on seven hits including a pair of bombs over five innings and was in line for the win before Anthony Swarzak blew the save with four more runs given up on three hits an two BB over 1/3 of an inning. Chris Colabello swung the big bat with a pair of doubles and six RBI's to pace a nine hit attack with Trevor Plouffe knocking in two more. Minnesota turns to veteran Mike Pelfrey to open the series on the mound with Cleveland. Pelfrey struggled for most of 2013 with a 5-13 mark and 5.19 ERA in 29 starts.
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Cleveland finished off their series at Oakland in dramatic fashion with a three run 9th leading to a 6-4 victory and a 2-1 series win. Zach McAllister did not have a good outing but was bailed out by strong relief pitching and some late offense. McAllister allowed three runs on six hits and four bases on balls over just four innings of work while four relievers gave up a single run over the final five frames. The bats totaled nine hits and walked seven times with Michael Brantley leading the way with three RBI's with Mike Aviles going deep and knocking in two more. Jason Kipnis scored twice with every starter reaching base at least once. Cleveland hands the ball to second year man Danny Salazar who was an August call up and made ten starts. Salazar went 2-3 with a 3.12 ERA but threw only 52 innings.
Pelfrey is one of those guys that struggles and then suddenly throws that gem which makes backing him something of a guess. Salazar doesn't have much experience and hasn't gone deep in to games. Not real fond of this one but I'll side with the team that should challenge in the Central...