Free MLB Pick: Indians vs Twins Odds
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2021 MLB Handicapping
(57-60) Cleveland Indians vs. Minnesota Twins (53-66)
Date: Tuesday, August 17th
Time: 8:10 PM ET
Venue: Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Projected Pitchers: Eli Morgan vs. Bailey Ober
MLB Moneyline Odds: Indians +140 | Twins -160
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Twins -1.5 (+120)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 9.5
It’s definitely way too late, but the Minnesota Twins are putting something together late in the season with a 3-game win streak and victories in 5 of their last 6. That includes a 5-4 win over division rival Cleveland in Monday night’s series opener.
The Indians are going in the opposite direction as Minnesota, losers of 5 of their last 7. Cleveland is 2-2 on their current road trip, and have actually put up some good offensive numbers with 26 runs scored over that span. Cleveland pitching is struggling though, making Tuesday’s 9.5 total seem on the low side.
Cleveland is putting up enough offense to win games, averaging over 6 runs game during their current road trip. A lot of that came from taking 2 of 3 in Detroit while scoring 22 runs though, as the Indians offense couldn’t get much going in an 8-hit night on Monday.
The Indians are breaking in a lot of new faces as they prepare for a reboot to try and contend in 2022. The team has hit just 5 HRs total over the past week and suffered a 17-0 loss to Oakland last Thursday. There’s almost no value in the Indians at +130 on Tuesday even though Monday’s loss came in extra innings.
Both Cleveland and Minnesota have had down years, but it’s hard to overlook that the Indians have dropped 9 of their last 10 at Target Field. A lot of that goes back to last season though, as Cleveland dropped 2 of 3 in their only visit to the Twin Cities this year.
Tuesday’s contest could be a high scoring one, so Cleveland pitcher Eli Morgan may have a tough time getting his second career win. The rookie is 1-5 on the year with a 6.52 ERA and will be making his first ever appearance vs. the Twins.
The Twins have to wonder where this kind of play was all season. Minnesota is looking for a fourth straight series win and not just against bad teams either as they’ve taken 3 of 4 from Houston, 2 of 3 from Chicago, and 2 of 3 from Tampa Bay over the past two weeks.
Minnesota needed extra innings on Monday, but a 2-out Jorge Polanco double sent the Twins to victory in the series opener. Rocco Baldelli’s squad is now 5-2 over their last 7 against Cleveland, and get to tee off on a rookie pitcher that allowed 5 ER over 4.0 IP in his last start, a 17-0 A’s win over the Indians.
Bailey Ober almost seems like the grizzled veteran in this pitching matchup even though he’ll be making just his 14th career start on Tuesday. The right-hander is slowly coming around, holding the White Sox scoreless over 5.1 IP his last start which was a 1-0 Twins victory.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Indians are 7-3 last 10 vs. team with a losing record
- Indians are 2-5 last 7 overall
- Indians are 0-5 last 5 as a road underdog
- Twins are 4-0 last 4 vs. RH starter
- Twins are 5-1 last 6 overall
- Twins are 9-1 last 10 head to head in Minnesota
Free Cleveland Indians vs. Minnesota Twins MLB Prediction:
It’s a battle of rookie pitchers which by default should favor the over of 9.5. That being said, the Indians (while still in 2nd place in the Central) have nothing to play for and are trotting out players you need a program to identify. Minnesota, while also still way out of the hunt, is actually playing good ball down the stretch and are trying to build momentum for 2022.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Twins -1.5 (+120)
Minnesota has owned this series at Target Field over the last two years.
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