Minnesota Twins (29-35) at Cleveland Indians (35-31)
|Date & Time||Friday June 15, 2018, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Cleveland Indians -222 / Minnesota Twins +205 --- Over/Under: 7.5
Out at Progressive Field on Friday, the Minnesota Twins and the Cleveland Indians will be kicking off their MLB series.
The Twins just finished up against the Tigers. After splitting the first two games of that set, on Thursday Minnesota lost 3-1.
Kyle Gibson will be making the start for the Twins on Friday. Across his 75.2 innings and 1-4 record this year, Gibson has a 3.45 ERA with 78 Ks and 32 BBs.
Tops in hitting for the Twins this year is Eddie Rosario, who came into the Tigers finale with 79 hits, 43 runs, 14 homers and 43 RBI. On Thursday, Rosario had one hit and a run.
Over on the Indians’ side, they’re fresh off a series versus the White Sox. Cleveland lost two of the first three games in that set, then on Thursday the Indians got a 5-2 win.
Cleveland will be sending out Corey Kluber for the start Friday. Over his 99.2 innings and 10-2 record this year, Kluber has a 1.99 ERA with 103 Ks and 10 BBs.
Cleveland’s leading hitter this year is Francisco Lindor, with 80 hits, 50 runs, 14 homers and 35 RBI entering the Sox finale. On Thursday, Lindor had a solo homer with two runs.
The Twins are 5-1 in Gibson’s last six Friday starts and 7-1 in his last eight starts during game one of a series. Minnesota is also 1-4 in Gibson’s last five starts and 8-3 in his last 11 road starts.
Meanwhile, the Indians are 5-0 in their last five during game one of a series and 50-23 in their last 73 Friday games. Cleveland is also 35-16 in Kluber’s last 51 home starts and 46-17 in his last 63 starts.
Kluber has been one of the gems for Cleveland this year, as he’s sitting on a long string of consecutive quality starts and hasn’t given up more than two earned runs in any of his last six. With the way that Kluber is pitching right now, I have to go with the Indians here in game one—even with the thick line.