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One More Win and the Twins are in

Thanks to Brian Dozier’s eighth-inning, three-run home run last night, the Twins need just one more win to clinch their first playoff berth since 2010. They’ll have to earn it against the team favored to win the AL pennant but according to the trends, they’ve got more than a fighting chance against the Tribe.

  • The Twins are 5-2 SU and on the runline in their last 7 games against the Indians.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of the Twins’ last 9 games against the Indians.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of the Indians’ last 11 games at home.

While they’ve already clinched the AL Central, the Indians are still fighting with the Astros for the best record in the American League and home field for the ALCS. They’ll call upon Danny Salazar (5-6, 4.48 ERA) to start tonight’s contest but that’s been a failing venture the last two times they’ve tried it.

The strikeout specialist was withdrawn just 2.2 innings into his last outing and in the start before that he allowed 12 hits and six earned runs over 4.2 frames.

Adalberto Mejia (4-6, 4.48 ERA), who starts for the Twins tonight, has been facing similar problems. He doesn’t go long into games and it’s likely whichever bullpen is better tonight wins its team the game.

The Indians, who have the best bullpen in baseball, won’t be afraid to pull Salazar at the first sign of trouble with a vastly superior relief staff.

Minnesota Twins vs Cleveland Indians Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

98-59 Cleveland battles the Twins, currently with an 83-74 mark. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Cleveland vs Minnesota injuries news.

It's an MLB betting matchup between the No. 2-rated Cleveland Indians and the league No. 6-ranked Minnesota Twins, according to the latest MLB power poll here at OddsShark.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits the Cleveland Indians' No. 5-rated offense, averaging 5.06 runs per game, against a Minnesota Twins defense that ranks No. 20 at 4.92 in runs allowed per game. The Cleveland Indians have averaged 8.99 hits per game so far, more than Minnesota Twins batters have averaged on the year (8.95 hits per game).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping betting factors and Cleveland has the No. 1-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Twins own the No. 20 mark in runs allowed.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Minnesota rolled to an 8-6 win against Cleveland on Tuesday, as the Twins' bats led the team to victory at Progressive Field.

Betting Trends
  • Minnesota is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Minnesota is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota's last 6 games
  • Minnesota is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Cleveland is 17-7 ATS in its last 24 games
  • Cleveland is 22-3 SU in its last 25 games
  • Cleveland is 10-5 ATS in its last 15 games at home
  • Cleveland is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Minnesota at Cleveland, Thursday, September 28