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Minnesota Twins vs. Cleveland Indians - 3/30/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland Indians at Minnesota Twins
Date & Time Saturday March 30, 2019, 2:10 PM (EDT)
Target Field
Minneapolis, MN
The Line
Cleveland Indians -114 / Minnesota Twins +104 -- O/U: 8
TV Channel
FS-North, SportsTime Ohio
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The Cleveland Indians and the Minnesota Twins meet in game two of their three game AL Central division set from Target Field in MLB action on Saturday afternoon.

The Cleveland Indians will look to bounce back after being shut out to start the season, falling in their season opener by a final score of 2-0 to the Twins on Thursday. Leonys Martin had a double while Brad Miller was the only other Cleveland player to log a base hit as the Tribe put up just two hits as a team in the losing effort. Corey Kluber took the loss, allowing both runs on four hits while striking out five over seven innings of work. Trevor Bauer will start game two and was 12-6 with a 2.21 ERA and 221 strikeouts last season. In his career, Bauer is 6-7 with a 4.46 ERA and 112 strikeouts against Minnesota.

The Minnesota Twins will look to build off of their strong start to the season after picking up the win on Thursday. Marwin Gonzalez accounted for both Minnesota RBIs, going 1 for 2 with a double. Byron Buxton added a two-bagger of his own while Nelson Cruz and C.J. Cron each had a base knock as Minny cranked out just four hits as a team in the win. Jose Berrios got the win on the mound after tossing 7.2 shutout innings, allowing just two hits while striking out ten en route to the victory. Taylor Rogers struck out three over 1.1 innings of work for his 1st save of the season. Jake Odorizzi will get the nod in game two and was 7-10 with a 4.49 ERA and 162 strikeouts last season. In his career, Odorizzi is 1-4 with a 5.79 ERA and 38 strikeouts against 0-4 in their last 4 games overall and 1-4 in their last 5 road games while the under is 41-9-7 in Bauer’s last 57 road starts. Minnesota is 7-1 in Odorizzi’s last 8 home starts and 7-0 in their last 7 games overall while the under is 4-1-1 in their last 6 home games against a right-handed starter. Minnesota is 0-5 in Odorizzi’s last 5 starts against Cleveland while Cleveland is 6-2 in Bauer’s last 8 starts against Minnesota.

Minnesota has kept their roll going that they finished off last season with, but I’m a bit concerned for that roll here. Minnesota struggled mightily with Odorizzi on the bump against the Tribe last season, while Bauer has had a lot of recent success against the Twins. Cleveland’s lineup is still too good to be held scoreless for the second game in a row, so I’ll back the Indians to even up the series with a win in this one.

Cleveland -114

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