2019-09-13 18:10:00 EDT
The Minnesota Twins and the Cleveland Indians will meet up on the MLB circuit Friday to kick off their series.
The Twins are coming out of a set against the Nationals. After splitting the first pair of games, in the Thursday finale Minnesota lost 12-6.
For the Friday opener, the Twins will send out Jake Odorizzi to start. Over his 147.1 innings and 14-6 mark so far, Odorizzi has a 3.60 ERA with 162 Ks and 51 BBs.
Over on the Indians’ side, they played the Angels this week. Cleveland bagged a sweep in that set, winning 6-2 Monday, 8-0 Tuesday and 4-3 in the Wednesday game.
For Friday’s outing, Cleveland will go with Aaron Civale in the start. Across 46.2 innings and a 3-3 record so far, Civale has a 1.93 ERA with 38 Ks and 12 BBs.
The Twins are 4-1 in their last five in game one of a series and 13-5 in the last 18 Friday games. Minnesota is 5-0 in Odorizzi’s last five road starts and 5-1 in his last six versus the AL Central.
Meanwhile, the Indians are 21-7 in their last 28 in game one of a series and 6-2 in their last eight Friday games. Cleveland is 4-1 in Civale’s last five starts versus the AL Central and 1-4 in his last five versus a team with a winning record.
Odorizzi has been on a nice run over his last eight games. In that stretch, he’s given up no more than three earned in a start, and has a 3-1 record. The Twins are also 7-1 in those games.
There’s not much to complain about with Civale either. He’s 2-0 over his last three games, giving up four earned in 17.0 innings.
This should be a great matchup and a fun way to kick off the “Twindians” weekend series. I’m going with Minnesota to eke one out but probably not going anywhere near it in reality.