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Cleveland Indians vs. Minnesota Twins - 8/29/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Minnesota Twins (49-80) at Cleveland Indians (73-55)

MLB Baseball: Monday, August 29, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Progressive Field)

H Santiago (10-8) (5.16) vs. T Bauer (9-6) (3.88)

The Line: Cleveland Indians TBA / Minnesota Twins TBA --- Over/Under: TBA See the Latest Odds


Over at Progressive Field on Monday, the Minnesota Twins and the Cleveland Indians will be kicking off their MLB series. 

The Twins are fresh off a stint against the Blue Jays. Minnesota lost the first two games, and in Sunday’s finale, the Twins lost 9-6. 

Cleveland Indians vs. Minnesota Twins - 8/29/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


As for the Indians, they posted a win and a loss in the first two games of their weekend series against the Rangers. On Sunday, despite showing some life in the ninth, the Indians dropped the game 2-1. 

Taking the mound for the Twins on Monday will be lefty Hector Santiago. In his 26 starts and 10-8 record, Santiago has put up a 5.16 ERA with a 1.40 WHIP in 139.2 innings. Santiago posted another loss his last time out against the Royals, going 4.2 innings with 11 hits and eight earned. 

It’s easy to find the big bats in the Twins’ order. Brian Dozier has put up 132 hits with 83 runs, 30 homers and 78 RBI so far. Joe Mauer sits on 120 hits with 63 runs and 46 RBI. Eduardo Nunez has logged 110 hits with 49 runs and 47 RBI in 2016. 

Over on the Indians’ side, we’ll be seeing RHP Trevor Bauer in the starting role Monday. In his 28 appearances (21 starts) and 9-6 record this year, Bauer has put up a 3.88 ERA with a 1.31 WHIP in 146 innings. In Oakland his last time out, Bauer bagged a loss with nine hits and three earned in 6.2 innings. 

The Indians have a nice stable of hitters. Francisco Lindor has put up 156 hits with 83 runs and 64 RBI. Jason Kipnis holds 141 hits with 75 runs, 20 homers and 69 RBI. Mike Napoli has 116 hits with 79 runs, 29 homers and 88 RBI. 

The Twins are 1-4 in their last five game ones of a series, and 0-4 in Santiago’s last four starts. Minnesota is also 0-4 in Santiago’s last four starts on grass, and 3-15 in their last 18 overall.

As for the Indians, they are 4-1 in their last five following a road trip of seven or more days, and 23-8 in their last 31 games against a left-handed starter. Cleveland is also 5-2 in their last seven game ones of a series, and 6-13 in Bauer’s last 19 starts versus a team with a losing record. 

I don’t like the pitching matchup here at all, but the Indians shouldn’t have much trouble getting past the lowly Twins here.

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