Cleveland Indians vs. Minnesota Twins Pick-Odds-Prediction - 5/6/14
Minnesota Twins (14-15) at Cleveland Indians (13-18)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Progressive Field)
Samuel Deduno (R) (0-0) (0.00) vs. Josh Tomlin (R) (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Cleveland Indians -149 / Minnesota Twins +139 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-North, SportsTime Ohio
The Minnesota Twins and the Cleveland Indians take take the field in game two of their series.
Minnesota is still hanging aroung early on when most expected them to be fade material by now. The Twins have been known for their prowess at the plate in 2014 but it was all pitching Monday in a 1-0 victory at Progressive Field in ten innings. Kyle Gibson was outstanding in a two hit shutout over seven frames with three relievers tossing scoreless innings. The offense mustered eight hits and walked twice with Eduardo Escobar supplying a game winning homer in the top of the 10th. Minnesota sends Samuel Deduno to the mound in game two of their series with Cleveland. Deduno has tossed 18.2 innings in relief with a 0-1 record and 2.89 ERA with 18 strikeouts.
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Cleveland has been slumping as of late but they had hoped things were turning around after taking two of three from the White Sox but instead a series opening 1-0 defeat at the hands of visiting Minnesota saddled the Tribe with losses in eight of ten. Scoring has been an issue for the Indians and that trend continued Monday with the bats producing three hits and three bases on balls and simply didn't threaten. The struggles at the plate cost Zach McAllister who was spectacular with five shutout frames. John Axford was not as spectacular with a game winning homer allowed in 2/3 of an inning. Josh Tomlin gets his first start of 2013 and 6th of his career when he squares off against visiting Minnesota. In five starts Tomlin has allowed 24 runs on 41 hits covering 28 innings.
If you look at the numbers each hurler has put up you wouldn't bother looking at this game. I'll back Deduno and the Twins with the over probably a good choice but who knows what Cleveland will do at the plate...