Cleveland Indians vs. Minnesota Twins MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 5/8/14
Minnesota Twins (15-16) at Cleveland Indians (14-19)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 12:05 pm (Progressive Field)
Kevin Correia (R) (1-3) (6.088) vs. Justin Masterson (R) (1-1) (4.008)
The Line: Cleveland Indians -174 / Minnesota Twins +164 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-North, SportsTime Ohio
The Cleveland Indians and the Minnesota Twins close out their AL Central series on Thursday at Progressive Field.
The Cleveland Indians dropped game one of the their series against the Twins but they followed it up with two wins including one on Wednesday. Yan Gomes hit a home run, Mike Aviles had three hits, and Michael Brantley and Asdrubal Cabrera each had two hits as the Indians scored four runs on nine hits. Starting pitcher Danny Salazar allowed six hits and three runs while striking out seven over 6.1 innings but didn’t factor in the decision as Bryan Shaw blew the save and John Axford got the win. For Thursday’s game the Indians start Justin Masterson who got his first win of the season in his last start. For the season Masterson has allowed 42 hits and 19 earned runs while striking out 41 over 42.2 innings for a 1-1 record and a 4.01 ERA.
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The Minnesota Twins appear to be somewhat improved this season but they still have plenty of work to do to become consistent winners. On Wednesday Josmil Pinto and Daniel Santana each had two hits and Brian Dozier added a hit as the Twins scored three runs on nine hits. Starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco allowed six hits and three runs while striking out nine over 6.0 innings to not be a part of the decision and Casey Fien took the loss to fall to 3-1 for the season. For Thursday’s game the Twins start kevin Correia who earned his first win of the season in his last start. For the year Correia has allowed 42 hits and 23 earned runs while striking out 15 over 34 innings for a 1-3 record and a 6.09 ERA.
Cleveland is 4-1 in game four of a series, 6-2 in their last eight home games, 4-8 in their last 12 game, and 13-6 in Masterson’s last 19 starts as a home favorite. Minnesota is 5-1 on the road against a right-handed starter, 1-7 in game four of a series, and 7-19 in Correia’s last 26 starts. Minnesota is 3-9 in the last 12 meetings of these two.
The Indians are a big favorite here but I like them in this spot, even at the hefty price.
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