Indians vs. Twins Prediction
The Cleveland Indians have lost five of their last seven games as they fall further behind in the AL Central standings while also competing for a Wild card spot. Can Cleveland gain an important win as it opens a series tonight at the first-place Minnesota Twins?
Friday, September 6, 2019
Target Field at 8:10PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Twins are a -165 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Indians are a +155 underdog, while the over-under is set at 10.5 runs. As of Friday afternoon, exactly 50 percent of public bets are siding with visiting Cleveland and host Minnesota. Check out our MLB Public Betting Page for the latest information.
Indians held to one hit
Cleveland fell by a score of 7-1 at home Thursday afternoon against the White Sox to drop to 81-60 overall and 43-29 at home. Kevin Plawecki had the lone hit for the Indians in the defeat as he went 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI. Jake Bauers finished 0-for-2 with a walk and a run scored. Mike Freeman also ended the game 0-for-2 with a walk. Zach Plesac took the loss as he gave up six earned runs on eight hits with four strikeouts and two walks over five innings. Adam Plutko gets the start today as he enters with a 6-4 record, 4.53 ERA and 1.20 WHIP plus 58 strikeouts over 87 1/3 innings.
Twins edge Red Sox in finale
Minnesota held on for a 2-1 victory at Boston Thursday as it scored the go-ahead run on a Willians Astudillo pinch-hit RBI single in the top of the seventh inning. Luis Arraez had the only other hit for the Twins as he went 1-for-3 plus a walk. Miguel Sano finished 0-for-1 with three walks and two runs scored. Martin Perez picked up the win as he he allowed one earned run on two hits with one strikeout and two walks over six innings of work. Taylor Rogers gave up one hit with no strikeouts or walks over two-thirds of a scoreless inning to notch the save. Michael Pineda will start tonight for Minnesota as he comes in with an 11-5 record, 4.11 ERA and 1.16 WHIP plus 130 strikeouts over 140 innings pitched.
MLB Betting Trends
The Indians are 5-2 in their last seven Friday games. Cleveland is 12-5 in the last 17 Plutko starts.
The Twins are 10-2 in their last 12 games overall. Minnesota is 4-0 in the last four Plutko starts.
Cleveland has struggled lately and is really missing the injured Jose Ramirez from its lineup. After getting almost no-hit by Reynaldo Lopez their last game, the Indians will face another power right-handed pitcher today in Pineda. Coupled with the fact the Twins are a much better team than the White Sox and at home, I think Cleveland's struggles continue with another loss today.
MLB DAILY PREDICTION: MINNESOTA TWINS -165