Minnesota Twins vs. Cleveland Indians - 7/31/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Cleveland Indians (3-2) at Minnesota Twins (4-1)
MLB Baseball: Friday, July 31, 2020 at 8:10 pm (Target Field)
Mike Clevinger (0-0) (2.57) vs. Randy Dobnak (0-1) (2.25)
The Line: Minnesota Twins +107 / Cleveland Indians -129 --- Over/Under: 9 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Cleveland Indians and the Minnesota Twins meet Friday in MLB action from Target Field.
This will be game two of a four-game weekend set between these teams. In the opener on Thursday, the Indians scored two runs in the third inning on the way to a 2-0 shutout victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
Cleveland couldn’t really find much offense on Thursday, and did all their scoring with one swing of the bat. Francisco Lindor slapped a two-run homer in the third inning, and that was all the Indians needed to find a victory. Shane Bieber pitched a great game for Cleveland, going 8.0 innings with three hits allowed and 13 strikeouts. James Karinchak closed it out with a one-strikeout ninth-inning for the save.
For the Friday game, Cleveland will send out RHP Mike Clevinger to start. In his first outing of the year, Clevinger gave up two solo homers early but settled down for seven innings with six strikeouts and just the two earned. Last season, Clevinger went 13-4 with a 2.71 ERA and 169 Ks in 126.0 innings of work.
Over on the Twins’ side, they were flummoxed by Bieber all night on Thursday, and only came up with three hits as a team. Minnesota struck out 14 times in the game, and left seven men on base. Starting pitcher Jose Berrios posted a solid performance outside of the one inning, going 5.0 with three hits, two earned and six strikeouts.
For Friday’s matchup, Minnesota will go with Randy Dobnak in the starting role. Dobnak went 2-1 last season with a 1.59 ERA and 23 Ks in 28.1 innings of work. He’ll be starting this one in place of the injured Jake Odorizzi. Dobnak gave up one run over four innings versus the White Sox in his Saturday season debut.
The Indians are 4-1 in their last five games overall and 22-7 in their last 29 games as a road favorite. Cleveland is 43-16 in their last 59 versus the American League Central and 8-3 in their last 11 Friday games.
Meanwhile, the Twins are 4-1 in their last five overall and 6-2 in their last eight in game two of a series. Minnesota is 16-6 in the last 22 Friday games and 5-2 in the last seven home games.
Pick: I'm leaning Indians. If Cleveland can get great (or even decent) starting pitching performances like they did Thursday on a regular basis this season, they’ll be a dangerous team in 2020. The offense needs to pick it up obviously, but there’s some nice potential here. The Twins probably won’t leave Dobnak out there for too long in Friday’s game, and that should open up some opportunities for the Indians versus the bullpen in the later innings.