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Cleveland Indians vs. Minnesota Twins - 8/30/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Minnesota Twins (62-70) at Cleveland Indians (75-57)
Date & Time Thursday August 30, 2018, 1:10 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Cleveland Indians -220 / Minnesota Twins +203 --- Over/Under: 9.5
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MLB | Minnesota Twins (62-70) at Cleveland Indians (75-57)
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The Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians meet Thursday in MLB action at Progressive Field.

The Minnesota Twins could use a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Twins have scored seven runs in their last three games and four or more runs in nine of their last 14 games. The Minnesota Twins have won seven of their last nine games when scoring more than three runs. Eddie Rosario leads the Twins with 153 hits and 74 RBI while Joe Mauer and Max Kepler have combined for 207 hits and 86 RBI. Jake Odorizzi gets the ball, and he is 5-8 with a 4.38 ERA and 140 strikeouts this season. Odorizzi is 1-3 with a 5.89 ERA and 34 strikeouts in his career against the Indians.

The Cleveland Indians could also use a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Indians have scored 23 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Cleveland Indians have won six of their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Francisco Lindor leads the Indians with 156 hits and 78 RBI while Michael Brantley and Jose Ramirez have combined for 284 hits and 163 RBI. Mike Clevinger gets the ball, and he is 9-7 with a 3.30 ERA and 163 strikeouts this season. Clevinger is 1-2 with a 3.63 ERA and 32 strikeouts in his career against the Twins.

The Twins are 6-1 in their last 7 Thursday games, 0-5 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series and 0-4 in Odorizzis last 4 road starts. The Indians are 44-17 in their last 61 Thursday games, 37-15 in their last 52 during game 3 of a series and 73-34 in their last 107 home games. The Twins are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Cleveland, 1-6 in the last 7 meetings and 0-4 in Odorizzis last 4 starts vs. Indians.

Odorizzi has been better on the road than at home this season, but that's not saying much, as he has issues keeping the ball in the park, walks a lot of guys and is giving up a .251 batting average on the season. Clevinger has allowed just three runs in his last 12 innings and has given up three or less runs in each of his last seven starts. I'm not trying to back the Indians in their current form, but they seem like the pick here on a quick turnaround. Of course, give me the RL to increase the wager of the bet.

Pick:
Cleveland Indians -1.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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