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Minnesota Twins vs. Cleveland Indians - 8/9/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Cleveland Indians at Minnesota Twins
Date & Time Friday August 9, 2019, 8:10 PM (EDT)
Location
Target Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Line
The Line: Cleveland Indians -141 / Minnesota Twins +120 -- Over/Under: 9.5
TV Channel
FSN, STOh
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The Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins meet Friday in MLB action at Target Field.

The Cleveland Indians look to stay hot after winning six of their last seven games. The Indians have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 11 games. The Cleveland Indians have won 19 of their last 20 games when scoring more than one run. Francisco Lindor leads the Indians with 120 hits and 48 RBI while Carlos Santana and Jose Ramirez have combined for 217 hits and 127 RBI. Shane Bieber gets the ball, and he is 11-4 with a 3.31 ERA and 182 strikeouts this season. Bieber is 2-0 with a 4.09 ERA and 38 strikeouts in his career against the Twins.

The Minnesota Twins need a win to snap a three-game losing streak. The Twins have scored 19 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 16 of their last 19 games. The Minnesota Twins have split their last eight games when scoring four or more runs. Jorge Polanco leads the Twins with 134 hits and 56 RBI while Eddie Rosario and Max Kepler have combined for 224 hits and 154 RBI. Devin Smeltzer gets the ball, and he is 1-1 with a 2.28 ERA and 21 strikeouts this season. This will be Smeltzer’s second career game against the Indians.

The Indians are 4-0 in their last 4 during game 2 of a series, 6-2 in their last 8 Friday games and 6-1 in Bieber's last 7 starts. The Twins are 11-2 in their last 13 Friday games, 11-4 in their last 15 during game 2 of a series and 36-17 in their last 53 games following a loss. The Indians are 4-1 in Bieber's last 5 starts vs. Twins. The over is 7-2 in Twins last 9 overall. The under is 18-7-1 in Bieber's last 26 starts overall.

Bieber has allowed 31 hits and 14 runs in his last 45 innings, and he has a 2.79 ERA and .173 allowed batting average on the road. Smeltzer has allowed 12 hits and two runs in his last 15.1 innings, and he's allowed just two runs in 21.1 innings at home this season. The Cleveland Indians continue to pile up the victories and are a team you just blindly back when they're in one of these zones, but we're getting plus money with a pitcher in Smeltzer, who has been lights out at home this season through 21.1 innings. Small sample size or not, the value is there with the Twins and the young pitcher. 

Pick:
Minnesota Twins +120

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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