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Cleveland Indians vs. Minnesota Twins MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/7/14

Minnesota Twins (15-15) at Cleveland Indians (13-19)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Progressive Field)

Ricky Nolasco (R) (2-3) (5.818) vs. Danny Salazar (R) (1-3) (5.933)

The Line: Cleveland Indians -157 / Minnesota Twins +147 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds


The Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians will play game three of four on Wednesday. The series is tied at one game apiece.

The Twins had their three-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday and have now lost five of their last eight games. While the Twins main issue has been their pitching rotation, their batting lineup has produced three or less runs in four of their last six games, including just three combined runs in the first two games of this series. Chris Colabello has just two of his 28 RBI in his last 10 games. Getting the start on Wednesday will be Ricky Nolasco, who is 2-3 with a 5.82 ERA and has 19 strikeouts in 38.2 innings. Nolasco allowed seven hits and five runs in just four innings, picking up the no decision in his only career start against the Indians.

Cleveland Indians vs. Minnesota Twins MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/7/14


The Indians are still trying to put a poor start behind them as they’ve won three of their last five games and are five games below .500. Like the Twins, the Indians have had issues scoring as well, producing three or less runs in eight of their last 11 games. Nick Swisher hasn’t hit a homerun in nearly a month, while Michael Brantley is trying to carry the Indians with five RBI in his last six games. Getting the nod for the Indians will be Danny Salazar, who is 1-3 with a 5.93 ERA and has 37 strikeouts in 30.1 innings. Salazar is 0-1 with a 4.66 ERA in two career starts against the Twins. 

The Twins are 11-23 in their last 34 games vs. a right-handed starter and 8-3 in their last 11 vs. American League Central. The Indians are 1-4 in Salazar's last 5 starts and 38-18 in their last 56 games as a favorite. The Twins are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings.

Tough game to cap considering both teams are severally underachieving and have been inconsistent. However, the Twins are getting major value with a veteran pitcher such as Nolasco on the mound. Both clubs are having a hard time putting runs on the board, so picking the better odds seems like the play considering this game could go either way.

I’ll roll the dice with the Twins. 

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