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Minnesota Twins vs. Cleveland Indians - 8/15/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland Indians (64-52) at Minnesota Twins (59-57)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 8:10 pm (Target Field)

D Salazar (4-5) (4.14) vs. B Colon (4-9) (6.77)

The Line: Minnesota Twins +155 / Cleveland Indians -175 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-North, SportsTime Ohio

The Cleveland Indians and the Minnesota Twins face off in game one of an important three game AL Central showdown from Target Field on Tuesday.

The Cleveland Indians come into this one looking to add to their current four game winning streak after coming out on top in their makeup game on Monday, defeating the Red Sox by a final score of 7-3. Edwin Encarnacion led the charge by going 2 for 4 with a pair of home runs and four RBIs. Francisco Lindor added two RBIs while Roberto Perez added a run of his own in the win. Jose Ramirez and Jason Kipnis each pitched in a double, while Jay Bruce and Carlos Santana added base hits of their own in the winning effort. Trevor Bauer got the win, improving to 11-8 this season after giving up all three runs on seven hits while walking a pair and striking out 11 over 6.2 innings of work. Danny Salazar will start game one and is 4-5 with a 4.15 ERA and 113 strikeouts this season. In his career, Salazar is 4-3 with a 4.45 ERA and 64 strikeouts against the Twins.

Minnesota Twins vs. Cleveland Indians - 8/15/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Minnesota Twins will look to make up ground on the Indians after winning 7 of their last 8 games, including a 6-4 win over the Tigers in their series finale on Sunday. Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano each put up two RBIs, with Sano adding a home run while Brian Dozier hit a solo home run and Ehire Adrianza added an RBI of his own to round out the offensive showing from the Twins. Eddie Rosario also went 2 for 3 at the dish as the Twins put up just seven hits to plate all six runs as a team in the win. Ervin Santana gave up all four runs, two earned, on seven hits while walking a pair and striking out six over five innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Tyler Duffey got the win to improve to 2-3 this season while Trevor Hildenberger notched his first save, striking out three over 1.1 innings of scoreless relief. Bartolo Colon will start the opener and is 4-9 with a 6.77 ERA and 58 strikeouts this season. In his career, Colon is 7-4 with a 3.81 ERA and 50 strikeouts against Cleveland.

Cleveland is 8-3 in Salazar’s last 11 starts against a team with a winning record and 12-3 in their last 15 games against a right-handed starter while the under is 4-1 in Salazar’s last 5 starts. Minnesota is 7-1 in their last 8 games overall and 4-0 in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 3-1-1 in their last 5 home games. Cleveland is 10-1 in the last 11 meetings between these two teams.

Salazar hasn’t given up more than two earned runs in any of his last six starts, and the Indians have dominated the Twins in their own backyard. However, the Twins are also hot right now, and know the importance of each win, including games against the Indians, who the Twins are chasing down. Cleveland will be flying in from Boston after having to play a makeup game, while the Twins will be rested and prepared for this one. This may be a good opportunity to take a shot with the Twins and the plus money at home.

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