Minnesota Twins at Cleveland Indians
|Date & Time||Tuesday June 4, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
Cleveland Indians -120 / Minnesota Twins +111
FS-North, SportsTime Ohio
The Minnesota Twins and the Cleveland Indians meet in game one of a three game AL Central division set in MLB action from Progressive Field on Tuesday night.
The Minnesota Twins will look to keep their momentum going after winning their series with Tampa Bay including a 9-7 victory in the series finale on Sunday. C.J. Cron led the Twins by going 2 for 4 with a double and three RBIs while Jorge Polanco and Jonathan Schoop each had two RBIs with Schoop adding a home run. Miguel Sano and Mitch Garver each had an RBI to round out Minnesota’s scoring in the win with Sano going 3 for 3 with a pair of doubles. Byron Buxton went 2 for 4 with a double while Marwin Gonzalez added a base hit as well in the winning effort. Jake Odorizzi got the win to improve to 8-2 on the year after throwing six shutout innings, allowing just three hits while striking out nine. Taylor Rogers struck out the side in the 9th for his 5th save of the year. Devin Smeltzer will start the opener and is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 7 strikeouts this season. This will be Smeltzer’s first career start against Cleveland.
The Cleveland Indians will look to bounce back after dropping their series against the White Sox, including a 2-0 loss in the series finale on Sunday. Francisco Lindor went 3 for 4 with a double while Greg Allen added a two-bagger as well. Oscar Mercado and Roberto Perez each had a base hit as well as the Tribe cranked out just six hits as a team in the loss. Zach Plesac took the loss, falling to 0-1 on the year after allowing one run on four hits while striking out seven over seven innings of work. Shane Bieber will start game one and is 4-2 with a 3.67 ERA and 85 strikeouts this season. In his career, Bieber is 1-0 with a 4.58 ERA and 22 strikeouts against Minnesota.
Minnesota is 13-3 in their last 16 road games and 46-18 in their last 64 games overall while the over is 2-0-2 in their last 4 games overall. Cleveland is 5-1 in Bieber’s last 6 starts and 1-6 in their last 7 home games while the under is 7-2 in their last 9 division games. Minnesota is 1-4 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Cleveland.
Cleveland being favored at home with Bieber on the mound kind of makes sense as he has an ERA under three at home this season. However, Bieber is coming off of his worst start of the year in which he allowed six runs in five innings of work. Minnesota has been the hotter of the two teams for quite some time now, especially on the road and Smeltzer looked solid in his debut so I’ll take a shot at Minnesota and the plus money here.