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Minnesota Eyes a Third Straight Win Over the Cleveland Indians

orge Polanco #11 and Eddie Rosario #20 of the Minnesota Twins celebrate defeating the Cleveland Indians in the game at Target Field.

The Minnesota Twins are 5-1 SU in their last six games including a current two-game winning streak against the Cleveland Indians. The Twins wrap up their four-game series at home against the Indians this Sunday in Minnesota.

Cleveland Indians vs Minnesota Twins
  • Date/Time: August 2, 2:10 p.m. ET
  • Stadium: Target Field
  • TV Coverage: (None)
  • Opening Odds: Twins -115 | O/U 9.5 runs (Line History)
  • Indians vs Twins Matchup Report

Opening Odds Analysis

Minnesota’s last-minute starting pitching change from Homer Bailey to Tyler Clippard didn’t have any noticeable impact on the betting line for the game as the Twins are still -115 favorites over the Indians at +105. The game’s total has also remained steady at 9.5 runs.

Starting Pitchers Analysis

The Indians have been rich with talented pitching prospects in recent years, and Aaron Civale is yet another strong young prospect off to a great start to his career. Civale had a tidy 2.34 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP in 10 starts as a rookie last season, and he started off 2020 allowing only two runs with nine strikeouts in six innings pitched in his season debut against the Chicago White Sox last Tuesday.

Minnesota has opted to use Sunday as a bullpen day, opening the game with Tyler Clippard instead of original projected starter Homer Bailey who has been pushed back to Monday. Clippard has a 2.25 ERA in four innings pitched this season and should perform fine for the inning or two he is used on Sunday.

Cleveland News & Notes

The Indians are having a rough time at the plate in 2020. Cleveland ranks 29th in the majors in runs scored per game with 2.78, 24th in team batting average at .206, and tied-for-22nd in home runs with only six. Jose Ramirez is off to a strong start batting .375 with seven runs, two home runs, and five RBI, but the supporting cast around him hasn’t produced much.

Cleveland is still 5-4 SU through its first nine games and will stay in the mix this season due to its excellent pitching staff and bullpen. But the offense is going to need to improve if the Indians hope to do damage in the loaded American League.

Minnesota News & Notes

One of the big stories through the early stages of the 2020 season has been the performance of the Minnesota Twins’ pitching staff and bullpen. Minnesota ranks fifth in the majors with a 2.92 team ERA and eighth with a 1.11 team WHIP. The Twins have allowed only eight runs over their current 5-1 SU stretch, outscoring their opponents 30-8 over those six games.

Minnesota’s 6-2 record ranks best in the AL Central and second best only to the New York Yankees in the entire American League. The Twins look poised to defend their 2019 AL Central title this season.

Betting Pick: UNDER 9.5

Aaron Civale should be up to to the task of keeping Minnesota’s offense and check, and Cleveland’s struggling offense hasn’t looked like much of a threat to put up a bunch of runs. Look for a low-scoring affair in this one.

Shark Bites
  • Cleveland is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games on the road.
  • Minnesota is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games against American League opponents.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Minnesota's last 9 games against Cleveland.