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Cleveland Indians vs. Minnesota Twins - 9/28/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Minnesota Twins (83-74) at Cleveland Indians (98-59)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 12:10 pm (Progressive Field)

E Santana (16-8) (3.36) vs. C Carrasco (17-6) (3.43)

The Line: Cleveland Indians -204 / Minnesota Twins +171 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: STOH, FSN

Out at Progressive Field on Thursday, the Minnesota Twins and the Cleveland Indians will be finishing up their MLB series. 

The Twins took Tuesday’s opener 8-6, then on Wednesday the Indians got a win 4-2. 

Cleveland Indians vs. Minnesota Twins - 9/28/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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For the Thursday game the Twins will be bringing out RHP Ervin Santana. In his 206.1 innings and 16-8 record this year, Santana has a 3.36 ERA with 166 Ks and 61 BBs. 

Minnesota has some notable bats this year. Brian Dozier entered Wednesday on 161 hits, 102 runs, 33 homers and 90 RBI; Joe Mauer had 159 hits, 68 runs and 70 RBI. Dozier had a hit on Wednesday; Mauer came up empty. 

Over on the Indians’ side, they’re going with RHP Carlos Carrasco on Thursday. In his 191.2 innings and 17-6 record this year, Carrasco has a 3.43 ERA with 212 Ks and 45 BBs. 

Cleveland has a few key bats as well. Jose Ramirez came into Wednesday on 180 hits, 103 runs, 29 homers and 81 RBI while Francisco Lindor had 175 hits, 97 runs, 33 homers and 88 RBI. Ramirez put up a hit and a run on Wednesday, while Lindor had one hit. 

The Twins are 4-0 in their last four Thursday games and 9-4 in their last 13 during game three of a series. Minnesota is also 8-3 in Santana’s last 11 starts and 11-5 in Santana’s last 16 road starts. 

Meanwhile, the Indians are 9-0 in the last nine during game three of a series and 41-14 in their last 55 Thursday games. Cleveland is also 5-0 in Carrasco’s last five Thursday starts and 9-2 in Carrasco’s last 11 home starts. 

Santana has been on a pretty good run since allowing eight runs over two starts early this month. In his last three outings, he’s got two quality starts and five total earned. As for Carrasco, he coughed up four earned in 6.2 innings against the Royals but came back with a good start in Seattle with 5.2 innings and one earned. This should be a pretty good pitching matchup, and the under doesn’t seem like a bad play. I’m going to give a slight edge to Carrasco and the Indians, though.

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