Minnesota Twins at Cleveland Indians
|Date & Time||Thursday June 6, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
Cleveland Indians -110 / Minnesota Twins -110
FS-North, SportsTime Ohio
The Minnesota Twins and the Cleveland Indians meet in the finale of their three game AL Central division set from Progressive Field in MLB action on Thursday.
The Minnesota Twins will look to avoid the sweep and salvage a win after dropping game two by a final score of 9-7 on Wednesday. Byron Buxton had a home run and three RBIs while Jorge Polanco went 2 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs. Nelson Cruz added a solo home run and C.J. Cron had a double and an RBI to round out Minnesota’s scoring as a team in the loss, while Eddie Rosario added a triple and Miguel Sano chipped in a base hit as well in the defeat. Martin Perez allowed five runs, two earned, on six hits over 4.2 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Blake Parker took the loss, falling to 0-2 on the year. Jose Berrios will start the finale and is 7-2 with a 3.27 ERA and 72 strikeouts this season. In his career, Berrios is 4-2 with a 4.00 ERA and 42 strikeouts against Cleveland.
The Cleveland Indians will look to complete the sweep after their victory in game two on Wednesday. Jordan Luplow and Jose Ramirez each had three RBIs with Luplow going 3 for 5 with a home run and a double. Roberto Perez and Francisco Lindor each had solo home runs while Carlos Santana added a double. Oscar Mercado and Jake Bauers each had base hits as well to cap off Cleveland’s offense as a team in the victory. Nick Wittgren got the win in relief to improve to 3-0 while Brad Hand picked up his 18th save of the season. Trevor Bauer will start game three and is 4-5 with a 3.76 ERA and 96 strikeouts this season. In his career, Bauer is 6-7 with a 4.27 ERA and 121 strikeouts against Minnesota.
Minnesota is 8-1 in Berrios’ last 9 starts and 21-6 in their last 27 division games while the over is 5-1-2 in their last 8 road games. Cleveland is 1-5 in Bauer’s last 6 starts and 2-6 in their last 8 home games while the over is 4-1 in Bauer’s last 5 home starts. Minnesota is 4-1 in Berrios’ last 5 starts against Cleveland.
Berrios hasn’t had stat lines of a staff ace lately, giving up at least three runs in each of his last four starts. The problem is, even though Cleveland has gotten the upper hand in the first two games, all the Twins seem to do with Berrios on the mound is win baseball games, winning eight of his last nine starts overall. Bauer has been roughed up quite a bit, giving up four or more runs in six of his last seven starts, with the Tribe dropping five of his last six starts overall. The price with Cleveland at home given the results of the first two games is tempting, but getting Minnesota with Berrios on the mound is too good to pass on, so I’ll take the Twins to avoid the sweep on Thursday.