Minnesota Twins (16-28) vs. Cleveland Indians (23-19)
May 22, 2021 4:10 pm EDT
The Line: Cleveland Indians -170 / Minnesota Twins +157; Over/Under: +7
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The Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians meet Saturday in MLB action at Progressive Field.
The Minnesota Twins look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Twins have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Twins have won five of their last eight games when scoring four or more runs. Nelson Cruz leads the Twins with 42 hits and 24 RBI while Jorge Polanco and Luis Arraez have combined for 70 hits and 32 RBI. Kenta Maeda gets the ball, and he is 2-2 with a 5.26 ERA and 33 strikeouts this season. Maeda is 3-1 with a 1.90 ERA and 23 strikeouts in his career against the Indians.
The Cleveland Indians need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Indians have scored nine runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last seven games. The Indians have lost five of their last eight games when scoring three or less runs. Jose Ramirez leads the Indians with 40 hits and 25 RBI while Josh Naylor and Cesar Hernandez have combined for 73 hits and 24 RBI. Shane Bieber gets the ball, and he is 4-3 with a 3.17 ERA and 92 strikeouts this season. Bieber is 5-1 with a 3.51 ERA and 84 strikeouts in his career against the Twins.
The Twins are 3-10 in their last 13 during game 2 of a series and 1-5 in their last 6 road games. The Indians are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series and 11-5 in their last 16 overall. The over is 9-1-1 in Twins last 11 road games. The under is 11-5-1 in Indians last 17 Saturday games. The Twins are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Cleveland.
The Cleveland Indians are going to be favored because Shane Bieber is on the mound, but it’s not like the Indians are having a ton of success this week as a team. The Minnesota Twins offense is bound to pick up eventually and you can say the same about Kenta Maeda and his pitching. I don’t expect the Twins to stay down forever, and I’m not thrilled at this price with the way the Indians have played lately. Give me the big plus money.