Cleveland Indians (26-19) at Minnesota Twins (28-18)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 2:10 pm (Target Field)
Triston McKenzie (2-0) (2.57) vs. Michael Pineda (1-0) (2.77)
The Line: Minnesota Twins -141 / Cleveland Indians +120 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Cleveland Indians and the Minnesota Twins meet in an AL Central division matchup in MLB action from Target Field on Sunday.
The Cleveland Indians will try to bounce back from an 8-4 loss to the Twins on Saturday night. Jose Ramirez went 2 for 3 with a solo home run while Jordan Luplow had a triple with an RBI and Oscar Mercado added an RBI as well in the defeat. Cesar Hernandez and Carlos Santana each had a double while Francisco Lindor added a base hit as well as the Indians had six hits as a team in the losing effort. Zach Plesac took the loss, falling to 4-2 on the year after allowing five runs on six hits while striking out five over seven innings of work. Triston McKenzie will start here and is 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA and 26 strikeouts this season. This will be McKenzie’s first career start against Minnesota.
The Minnesota Twins will try to build off of their win over the Tribe from Saturday. All of Minnesota’s scoring came via the long ball, as Byron Buxton, Marwin Gonzalez and Eddie Rosario all had two run home runs while Miguel Sano and Willians Astudillo added a solo shot each to finish off the Twins’ scoring in the win. Brent Rooker added a base knock as well to cap off the Twins’ offense despite not driving in an RBI as well. Rich Hill got the win for Minnesota to improve to 2-1 after allowing just two earned on four hits while striking out seven over five innings of work. Michael Pineda will start here and is 1-0 with a 2.77 ERA and 12 strikeouts this season. In his career, Pineda is 1-0 with a 2.81 ERA and 21 strikeouts against Cleveland.
Cleveland is 12-3 in their last 15 road games and 9-23 in their last 32 games as a road underdog while the under is 4-0-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record. Minnesota is 8-2 in their last 10 games overall and 7-1 in their last 8 games within the division while the under is 16-4-1 in their last 21 home games against a team with a winning record. The under is 39-15-3 in the last 57 meetings between these two teams.
Saturday’s game broke over the total late, but I think we see a different outcome on Sunday. McKenzie’s looked worth every bit of hype he’s received as one of Cleveland’s top prospects and he looks like the next of a bunch of solid pitchers in that rotation for years to come. On the other hand, Pineda’s been as good as advertised after coming back from suspension and I just think that a pitcher’s duel is brewing here. I’ll side with the under in this one.