(6-7) Cleveland Indians vs. Minnesota Twins (7-6)
Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Time: 8:10 PM ET
Venue: Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Projected Pitchers: Indians RH Josh Tomlin (0-2, 18.47 ERA) vs. Twins RH Phil Hughes (2-0, 3.86)
MLB Moneyline Odds: Twins -110| Indians -110
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total: 9
The Cleveland Indians finally got a solid game under their belts.
Danny Salazar set the tone and turned it over to the three-headed monster in the back of the bullpen in what was a series-opening win 3-1 on Monday.
Michael Brantley came up huge with a homer and a pair of RBI, while Edwin Encarnacion finally made more of an impact with a RBI hit himself that put the Tribe ahead 2-1.
They’ll turn to Josh Tomlin here, who needs to figure out how to locate the ball.
He’s leaving pitches up in the zone and getting crushed for big hits thus far through 2 starts. If the trend continues, his time in the rotation could be short-lived.
Minnesota’s offense continues to be missing thus far into the season.
It was another 1 run performance, their 2nd in a row as they simply couldn’t get things going.
They had a chance early in the game as they led 1-0 and had runners at the corners with nobody out. Situational hitting has been a huge issue for them and once again was as they failed to get the runner in from third and then stranded the bases loaded in the 9th.
Phil Hughes takes the ball for them here on Tuesday.
Hughes owns a 3-2 record with a 3.27 ERA in eight career games against Cleveland but did not face them in 2016.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Over is 6-2 in CLE last 8 games following a loss.
- Under is 9-4-2 in CLE last 15 road games.
- CLE are 11-5 in their last 16 road games.
- Under is 22-8-3 in MIN last 33 overall.
- Under is 22-8-3 in MIN last 33 on grass.
- MIN are 16-36 in their last 52 games as an underdog.
Free Cleveland Indians vs. Minnesota Twins MLB Prediction:
This has the making for a higher scoring game, given how both pitchers struggle with the long ball.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Over 9
Expect the base paths to be crowded all night long here in this one.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Cleveland 8 – Minnesota 6