Cleveland Guardians (35-28) vs. Minnesota Twins (38-31)
June 23, 2022 1:10 pm EDT
The Line: Minnesota Twins -145 / Cleveland Guardians +125; Over/Under: +9
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The Cleveland Guardians and the Minnesota Twins meet in an AL Central division matchup in MLB action from Target Field on Thursday.
The Cleveland Guardians will look to build on another come-from-behind win after their 11-10 win over the Twins in Wednesday’s matchup. Heading into Wednesday’s game, Jose Ramirez leads the Guardians with 70 hits, 16 home runs and 62 RBIs along with a .303 batting average while Owen Miller has a .262 batting average with 19 doubles as well this season. Ramirez also has 21 doubles and Steven Kwan has 50 hits with 7 doubles as well as a .281 batting average this season. Ramirez has 4 triples while Amed Rosario also has 4 triples as well on the year. Zach Plesac will start here and is 2-4 with a 4.41 ERA and 44 strikeouts this season.
The Minnesota Twins will try to salvage something after another crushing loss in Wednesday’s game. Entering Wednesday’s matchup, Luis Arraez has 76 hits including 8 doubles while also posting a .362 batting average. Byron Buxton also has 44 hits with a team-high 19 home runs and 33 RBIs and Trevor Larnach has 13 doubles and Gary Sanchez has 16 doubles to lead the Twins in two-baggers this season. Jorge Polanco has 53 hits and 33 RBIs and Max Kepler has 30 RBIs as well on the year, while Carlos Correa’s also added 54 hits. Devin Smeltzer will start here and is 3-1 with a 3.52 ERA and 19 strikeouts this season.
Cleveland is 4-0 in their last 4 division games and 5-0 in Plesac’s last 5 Thursday starts while the under is 7-2 in their last 9 game three matchups. Minnesota is 0-4 in their last 4 division games and 2-6 in their last 8 game three matchups while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 games as a home favorite.
I get the case to be made for the Twins here, but while Smeltzer’s been solid, he’s coming off of his worst start of the year and the Twins just can’t really string anything consistent together. On the flipside, the Guardians keep finding ways to win as evidenced by their victory in Wednesday’s matchup and Plesac’s pitched a lot better than his ERA would indicate. Give me the Guardians and the plus money here.