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Michael Pelfrey out to silence Indians bats in MLB contest

Cleveland IndiansMinnesota Twins
July 19, 8:10 PM | GrassTarget Field

Cleveland Indians vs Minnesota Twins Odds

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The visiting Indians hope for a solid performance on Friday as they look to steal a win at Target Field against the Minnesota Twins.

Cleveland puts its faith in starter Scott Kazmir to earn a win and boost his personal mark of 5-4. Getting the ball for the Twins is Michael Pelfrey, who owns a 4-7 record on the season with a 5.55 ERA.

View Cleveland vs Minnesota Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the MLB moneyline for this matchup, Minnesota sat as +109 underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada. The total was set at 8.5, according to 5Dimes.

Power Rankings:
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Twins at No. 14 in the American League and the Indians at No. 7 in the American League heading into this contest.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Minnesota's No. 10 ranked American League offense (4.1 runs per game) against a Indians defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 10 in the American League at 4.5 runs allowed per game. The Twins have been averaging 8.4 hits per game, less than the Indians have managed so far this season (8.7 hits on average).

Minnesota owns the American League's No. 12 defense, allowing 4.6 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Cleveland's American League No. 10-rated defense.

Cleveland won its last outing, a 6-4 result against the Royals on July 14. Bettors who backed the Indians at -102 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (10) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. The Indians grabbed a win last time out, defeating James Shields and the Royals 6-4 on Sunday at Progressive Field.

In their last action, Minnesota was a 10-4 winner on the road against the Yankees. Bettors on Minnesota at +188 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (14) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. The Twins enjoyed a 10-4 victory at the expense of the Yankees on Sunday, with Kyle Gibson throwing 5 innings of 5-hit ball at Yankee Stadium.

Cleveland Indians Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Minnesota are 7-3
After playing Kansas City are 7-3
After a win are 7-3

Minnesota Twins Trends:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing Cleveland are 5-5
After playing NY Yankees are 5-5
After a win are 3-7

A few Indians at Twins trends to consider:
Cleveland is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Cleveland's last 8 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cleveland's last 7 games
Cleveland is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Minnesota is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Cleveland
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games at home
Minnesota is 14-7 SU in its last 21 games when playing Cleveland

Next up:
Cleveland at Minnesota, Saturday, July 20