Twins vs. Indians - 7/15/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Indians (52-36) at Minnesota Twins (32-56)
MLB Baseball: Friday, July 15, 2016 at 8:10 pm (Target Field)
C Carrasco (5-3) (2.47) vs. E Santana (3-7) (4.06)
The Line: Minnesota Twins / Cleveland Indians --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins begin their three-game series early Friday night.
The Cleveland Indians could use a win after losing six of their last seven games. The Indians have allowed 20 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Cleveland Indians have an ERA of 3.63 and have lost six straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Francisco Lindor leads Cleveland with 103 hits, Jason Kipnis has 49 RBI and Carlos Santana has 20 home runs. Carlos Carrasco gets the nod, and he’s 5-3 with a 2.47 ERA and 72 strikeouts this season. Carrasco is 1-5 with a 3.96 ERA and 42 strikeouts in his career against the Twins.
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The Minnesota Twins look to stay hot after winning seven of their last eight games. The Twins have scored 28 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six straight games. The Minnesota Twins offense has caught fire lately, and they’ve won 10 of their last 13 games when scoring more than three runs. Eduardo Nunez leads Minnesota with 101 hits, Joe Mauer has 28 RBI and Brian Dozier has 14 home runs. Ervin Santana takes the hill, and he’s 3-7 with a 4.06 ERA and 68 strikeouts this season. Santana is 5-10 with a 4.32 ERA and 92 strikeouts in his career against the Indians.
The Indians are 4-1 in their last 5 games following an off day and 12-4 in Carrascos last 16 road starts. The Twins are 4-0 in their last 4 games following an off day and 3-14 in Santanas last 17 starts. The Indians are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in Minnesota and 4-11 in the last 15 meetings overall.
The Twins have won just three of of Santana's last 17 starts. That's completely opposite of what the Indians usually do when Carrasco is on the hill. While the Twins are playing better baseball as of late, you have to like Cleveland in this spot.