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Minnesota Twins vs. Cleveland Indians - 8/16/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 8:10 pm (Target Field)

C Carrasco (11-5) (3.83) vs. K Gibson (6-9) (6.02)

The Line: Minnesota Twins +164 / Cleveland Indians -174 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: STOH, FSN

Up at Target Field in Minneapolis on Wednesday, the Cleveland Indians and the Minnesota Twins will be continuing their MLB series. 

In Tuesday’s game, the Indians secured two runs in the fifth and ninth and three in the seventh on the way to an 8-1 win. 

Minnesota Twins vs. Cleveland Indians - 8/16/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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For the Wednesday game, the Indians will be bringing out RHP Carlos Carrasco. In his 138.2 innings and 11-5 record this year, Carrasco has a 3.83 ERA with 152 Ks and 38 BBs. 

Cleveland has a few key bats this season. Jose Ramirez came into this set with 139 hits, 79 runs, 18 homers and 58 RBI while Francisco Lindor had 125 hits, 64 runs, 19 homers and 55 RBI. On Tuesday, Lindor managed one hit; Ramirez came up empty. 

Over on the Twins’ side, they’re going with RHP Kyle Gibson on Wednesday. In his 104.2 innings and 6-9 record this year, Gibson has a 6.02 ERA with 72 Ks and 49 BBs. 

Minnesota has a few notable batters as well. Brian Dozier came into this set with 116 hits, 63 runs, 23 homers and 65 RBI, while Eddie Rosario had 109 hits, 53 runs, 16 homers and 46 RBI. On Tuesday, Dozier came up empty; Rosario had a hit and a run. 

The Indians are 5-2 in the last seven during game two of a series, and 3-9 in their last 12 Wednesday games. Cleveland is also 4-1 in Carrasco’s last five Wednesday starts, and 13-5 in Carrasco’s last 18 starts. 

Meanwhile, the Twins are 5-2 in their last seven Wednesday games, and 5-0 in Gibson’s last five starts during game two of a series. Minnesota is also 9-3 in Gibson’s last 12 Wednesday starts and 3-7 in Gibson’s last 10 home starts. 

After two bad starts where he gave up 10 earned in 7.1 innings, Carrasco bounced back with zero earned on two hits in 8.0 innings in Tampa. As for Gibson, he’s given up three earned in each of his last three starts on 17 hits, a span of 17.1 innings. Even though he was shaky for a while, I like Carrasco to bounce back here and have a good outing. Give me the Indians.

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