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Minnesota Twins vs. Cleveland Indians - 3/31/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland Indians at Minnesota Twins
Date & Time Sunday March 31, 2019, 2:10 PM (EDT)
Target Field
Minneapolis, MN
The Line
Cleveland Indians -107 / Minnesota Twins -101 -- O/U: 7
TV Channel
FS-North, SportsTime Ohio
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The Cleveland Indians and the Minnesota Twins meet in the rubber match of their three game AL Central division set from Target Field on Sunday afternoon.

The Cleveland Indians will look to build off of a 2-1 win over the Twins on Saturday afternoon. Hanley Ramirez went 2 for 2 with a solo home run and Greg Allen added a sac fly RBI to round out Cleveland’s scoring in the win while Carlos Santana and Brad Miller each had a base hit to round out the Tribe’s offense in the victory. Trevor Bauer threw seven innings, allowing one run on one hit while striking out nine, not factoring in the decision. Jon Edwards got the win to improve to 1-0 while Brad Hand picked up his 1st save of the season. Carlos Carrasco will start game three and was 17-10 with a 3.38 ERA and 231 strikeouts last season. In his career, Carrasco is 7-9 with a 3.73 ERA and 116 strikeouts against Minnesota.

The Minnesota Twins will look to rebound from their loss on Saturday to even the set up at one win apiece. Nelson Cruz accounted for the lone RBI for the Twins in the losing effort while Jorge Polanco had a triple and Byron Buxton added a double as Minnesota mustered up just two hits as a team in the losing effort. Jake Odorizzi went six innings, allowing one run on one hit while striking out 11, not factoring in the decision. Blake Parker ended up with the loss to fall to 0-1 this season. Michael Pineda will start game three and was 8-4 with a 4.39 ERA for the Yankees in 2017 and missed the 2018 season after Tommy John Surgery. This will be Pineda’s second career start against Cleveland.

Cleveland is 37-16 in Carrasco’s last 53 division starts and 1-4 in their last 5 games overall while the under is 5-0 in Carrasco’s last 5 starts. Minnesota is 11-2 in their last 13 division games and 7-1 in their last 8 games overall while the under is 5-1-1 in their last 7 games against a right-handed starter. Cleveland is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings between these two teams.

Carrasco has had his issues against the Twins in his career, but for the most part, Carrasco has pitched well within the division and if we are being honest, who knows what we will see from Pineda in his first start in over a year and a half. Sure, Pineda could come out firing and pitch a gem, but I need to see if before I can instill any faith in Pineda going forward. Cleveland got in the win column on Saturday and I see the Tribe doing enough to win the series on Sunday in the rubber match.

Cleveland -107

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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