Twins vs. Indians - 7/17/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Indians (53-37) at Minnesota Twins (33-57)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 2:10 pm (Target Field)
J Tomlin (9-2) (3.51) vs. K Gibson (2-5) (5.02)
The Line: Minnesota Twins +125 / Cleveland Indians -135 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins play a rubber game early Sunday afternoon.
The Cleveland Indians could use a win after losing seven of their last 11 games. The Indians have scored 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six straight games. The Cleveland Indians offense has been on fire lately, and they’ve won 10 of their last 15 games when scoring more than three runs. Francisco Lindor leads Cleveland with 104 hits, Jason Kipnis has 50 RBI and Carlos Santana has 20 home runs. Josh Tomlin gets the nod, and he’s 9-2 with a 3.51 ERA and 68 strikeouts this season. Tomlin is 3-4 with a 5.81 ERA and 28 strikeouts in his career against the Twins.
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The Minnesota Twins look to keep rolling after winning eight of their last 10 games. The Twins have scored 22 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in nine of their last 11 games. The Minnesota Twins offense has been crushing recently, and they’ve won eight of their last nine games when scoring more than three runs. Eduardo Nunez leads Minnesota with 103 hits, Joe Mauer has 28 RBI and Brian Dozier has 15 home runs. Kyle Gibson takes the hill, and he’s 2-5 with a 5.02 ERA and 41 strikeouts this season. Gibson is 2-2 with a 5.77 ERA and 25 strikeouts in his career against the Indians.
The Indians are 23-8 in their last 31 vs. American League Central and 21-5 in Tomlins last 26 starts. The Twins are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series and 4-1 in Gibsons last 5 Sunday starts. The Indians are 5-11 in the last 16 meetings.
The Twins are tearing the cover off the baseball right now and are only going to gain confidence after such a long game Saturday night that didn't end until 1:30 in the morning. Given the quick turnaround and with the way the Indians have played the last two weeks, I'll take the team that was able to sleep in its own bed.