Cleveland Indians at Minnesota Twins
|Date & Time||Thursday August 8, 2019, 8:10 PM (EDT)|
Minnesota Twins -109 / Cleveland Indians -104
FS-North, SportsTime Ohio
The Cleveland Indians and the Minnesota Twins meet in game one of a crucial four game AL Central division set in MLB action from Target Field on Thursday.
The Cleveland Indians will look to build some steam after sweeping a doubleheader on Wednesday with the Texas Rangers, earning a series victory with a 2-0 win in game one and a 5-1 decision in game two. Game on saw Jose Ramirez hit a critical two run home run to make up the game’s only scoring as Cleveland cranked out just three hits as a team in the win while game two saw Ramirez homer again with a double while Jason Kipnis went 2 for 4 with two doubles and an RBI. Carlos Santana, Yasiel Puig and Franmil Reyes each had RBIs as well with Santana belting a double of his own. Zach Plesac threw six shutout innings in game one, giving up five hits while striking out seven, not factoring in the decision while Nick Goody got the win in relief to improve to 3-0 and Brad Hand struck out the side in the 9th for his 28th save of the season. Game two saw A.J. Cole pick up the decision in relief while Nick Wittgren picked up his 3rd save of the year. Mike Clevinger will start game one and is 6-2 with a 3.07 ERA and 80 strikeouts this season. In his career, Clevinger is 2-2 with a 2.91 ERA and 47 strikeouts against Minnesota.
The Minnesota Twins will look to bounce back after losing their series with Atlanta to start the week, culminating in an 11-7 loss in the rubber match on Wednesday. Miguel Sano had a home run while going 2 for 4 with four RBIs while Eddie Rosario, C.J. Cron and Jake Cave each had an RBI with Cave going 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles. Mitch Garver added a double as well while Ehire Adrianza, Jorge Polanco, Marwin Gonzalez and Jonathan Schoop each contributed a base hit as well in the defeat. Martin Perez took the loss, falling to 8-5 on the year after allowing seven runs, six earned, on 11 hits while striking out six over six innings of work. Kyle Gibson will start game one and is 11-4 with a 4.02 ERA and 124 strikeouts this season. In his career, Gibson is 3-9 with a 5.34 ERA and 69 strikeouts against Cleveland.
Cleveland is 36-15 in their last 51 games overall, 4-0 in Clevinger’s last 4 starts and 20-6 in Clevinger’s last 26 division starts while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall. Minnesota is 7-3 in Gibson’s last 10 home starts and 37-14 in their last 51 division games while the over is 7-2 in their last 9 home games. Minnesota is 1-8 in Gibson’s last 9 home starts against Cleveland.
Getting Minnesota with a low line at home is tempting given that the Twins need this series to keep distance between themselves and Cleveland, along with the fact that Gibson is 7-1 at home while Clevinger has an ERA over five on the road. However, one team that being at home hasn’t mattered against for Gibson is Cleveland as the Twins have lost eight of Gibson’s last 9 starts against Cleveland at home. Cleveland just played a doubleheader on Wednesday so there could be some concerns about being tired for this one, but Clevinger has allowed one run in back-to-back starts and I think Cleveland knows what’s on the line in this series, so I’ll side with the Tribe to draw first blood in game one on Thursday.