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Cleveland Indians

Minnesota Twins
88-70 September 26, 2013, 08:10 PM | Target Field 66-92

The Minnesota Twins host Cleveland on Thursday, looking to build on their 66-92 mark against the 88-70 Indians in MLB betting action at Target Field.

Andrew Albers will take the mound for Minnesota, and he'll carry a 2-4 record into the contest. Zach McAllister gets the ball for Cleveland; he's 9-9 so far this season.

View Cleveland Indians vs Minnesota Twins Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Twins as 158 Underdog on the moneyline for this contest. The over under was hovering near 8 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals at Bovada.

According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the No. 30-ranked Twins and the No. 4-rated Indians in this matchup.

Last time out for Cleveland, they were a 7-2 winner as they battled the White Sox at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Indians at -290 were rewarded, while the 9 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Indians grabbed a win last time out, defeating Dylan Axelrod and the White Sox 7-2 on Wednesday at Progressive Field.

The Twins were a 1-0 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Tigers. That made winners of bettors who got Detroit at -235 on the moneyline, while the total score (1) was good news for UNDER bettors. Minnesota didn't plate a single run in their last outing, shut down by Max Scherzer in a losing cause, 1-0, against Detroit on Wednesday.

How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Minnesota has baseball's No. 25-rated offensive output, at 8.3 hits per game. The Indians average 8.52 hits per game, good for No. 17 on the list.

Cleveland brings the No. 14-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Twins's No. 29-ranked defense.

A few Indians at Twins trends to consider:
Cleveland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Cleveland is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland's last 5 games on the road
Cleveland is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Minnesota
Minnesota is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
Minnesota is 4-16 SU in its last 20 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 6 games at home
Minnesota is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Cleveland

Next up:
Cleveland at Minnesota, Friday, September 27th