Cleveland Indians (57-47) at Minnesota Twins (48-56)
|Date & Time||Monday July 30, 2018, 8:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Minnesota Twins +125 / Cleveland Indians -135 --- Over/Under: 9.5
The Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins meet Monday in MLB action at Target Field.
The Cleveland Indians look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Indians have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Cleveland Indians have won eight of their last 11 games when scoring at least one run. Francisco Lindor leads the Indians with 123 hits and 67 RBI while Michael Brantley and Jose Ramirez have combined for 226 hits and 131 RBI. Shane Bieber gets the ball, and he is 5-2 with a 4.80 ERA and 44 strikeouts this season. Bieber is 1-0 with a 3.97 ERA and 13 strikeouts in his career against the Twins.
The Minnesota Twins could also use a win here after losing six of their last 10 games. The Twins have allowed 17 runs in their last three games and three or more runs in eight of their last 10 games. The Minnesota Twins have lost 19 of their last 25 games when allowing at least three runs. Offensively, Eddie Rosario leads the Twins with 128 hits and 64 RBI while Brian Dozier and Max Kepler have combined for 171 hits and 93 RBI. Ervin Santana gets the ball, and he is 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA and five strikeouts this season. Santana is 7-11 with a 3.70 ERA and 114 strikeouts in his career against the Indians.
The Indians are 7-2 in their last 9 road games, 50-17 in their last 67 vs. American League Central and 19-7 in their last 26 Monday games. The Twins are 5-1 in their last 6 during game 1 of a series, 10-2 in their last 12 home games and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. American League Central. The Indians are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Minnesota, 1-5 in the last 6 meetings and the over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
Bieber has allowed four or more runs in each of his last four starts and is allowing a .310 batting average in 45 innings this season overall. Santana has just one game under his belt this season, and while he wasn't ace material, he did strike out five guys in five innings and allowed only three runs despite giving up seven hits. Santana is only going to get better with more reps, and he should be much more comfortable at home. Bottom line is I'm not laying juice with a pitcher like Bieber who has been an easy hit this season. Give me the Twins and the plus money.