Cleveland Indians vs. Minnesota Twins - 5/14/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Twins (8-26) at Cleveland Indians (17-15)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 4:10 pm (Progressive Field)
E Santana (0-2) (3.86) vs. C Kluber (2-4) (4.14)
The Line: Cleveland Indians -180 / Minnesota Twins +170 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN, STOh
The Minnesota Twins and the Cleveland Indians are all set for a Saturday afternoon matchup that will continue their weekend series at Progressive Field.
This will be the second game of the set. In Friday’s opener, Cleveland eked out a win 7-6 with three runs in the eighth inning. Both teams tallied eight hits apiece in this one.
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The Twins will be rolling with right-hander Ervin Santana to start Saturday’s game. Over his five starts thus far, Santana has put up an 0-2 record, a 3.86 ERA and a 1.63 WHIP in 23.1 total innings. On Saturday in his first appearance off the disabled list (lower back), Santana allowed three runs on seven hits in 3.1 innings.
There are a few recognizable names in the Twins batting order. Joe Mauer heads things up with 34 hits and 10 runs. Mauer went 0-for-4 in Friday’s game to drop his BA to .291 on the season. Eduardo Nunez has posted 32 hits with 14 runs, and slapped a homer in Friday‘s game. Brian Dozier has been productive with 27 hits, 16 runs and 14 RBI but sports a flimsy .225 BA.
Over on the Indians’ side, we’ll be getting another look at right-hander Corey Kluber. In his seven starts and 2-4 record for 2016, Kluber sports a 4.14 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP in 45.2 innings. On Monday in his most recent appearance, Kluber lasted just 2.2 innings against the Astros, giving up five runs.
The Cleveland batting order features a pretty well-rounded--if shallow--group of hitters. Jason Kipnis has managed 36 hits with 18 runs, and bagged a solo homer in the opener. Francisco Lindor sports 22 runs on 38 hits. Mike Napoli leads the team with seven homers and 22 RBI. Napoli went 0-for-3 in Friday’s game, however.
The Twins are 0-4 in their last four game twos of a series, and 0-6 in Santana’s last six starts.
As for the Indians, they’re 4-0 in Kluber’s last four Saturday starts, but 3-8 in Kluber’s last 11 starts overall.
As long as Kluber doesn’t come out and toss another stinker, Cleveland should be able to take care of business here. I’ll take the Indians for the win.