Minnesota Twins vs. Cleveland Indians MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/23/14
Cleveland Indians (50-49) at Minnesota Twins (45-53)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 1:10 pm (Target Field)
Trevor Bauer (R) (4-4) (3.890) vs. Kyle Gibson (R) (8-8) (4.193)
The Line: Minnesota Twins +102 / Cleveland Indians -112 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: STO, MLB Network
The Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins play a rubber game on Wednesday afternoon.
The Indians have won seven of their last 10 games and have improved to two games above .500. The Indians pitching has improved lately, as they’ve allowed three or fewer runs in five of their last seven games. That’s a big improvement from a pitching staff that has the 20th worst ERA at 3.93. The Indians have won 10 straight when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Michael Brantley has 12 hits in his last 10 games and Carlos Santana has five hits in this series. Trevor Bauer takes the hill, and he’s 4-4 with a 3.89 ERA and has 75 strikeouts in 78.2 innings. This is Bauer’s first career game against the Twins.
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The Twins are 1-4 since the All Star break and nine games below a .500 record. As usual, it's the Twins pitching staff to blame as they’ve allowed four or more runs in six of their last eight games. Overall, the Twins have the 27th worst ERA at 4.28 and has lost 15 of their last 16 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Brian Dozier has 13 hits in his last 10 games and Kurt Suzuki has four hits in this series. Starting is Kyle Gibson, who is 8-8 with a 4.19 ERA and has 54 strikeouts in 107.1 innings. Gibson is 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA in three career starts against the Indians.
The Indians are 4-0 in Bauers last 4 starts and 39-19 in their last 58 during game 3 of a series. The Twins are 4-9 in Gibsons last 13 starts with 4 days of rest and 4-1 in Gibsons last 5 starts vs. American League Central.
This game really comes down to which pitcher sucks less and doesn't get rocked as much. These teams have been so up and down and are terrible defensively. Due to the plus money and the fact they're at home, give me the Twins.