Minnesota Twins at Cleveland Indians 9/11/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 9/10/2014
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Progressive Field in Cleveland
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Thursday afternoon, Ricky Nolasco (5 - 10, 5.87 ERA) will take the hill for the Minnesota Twins as they face Corey Kluber (14 – 9, 2.47 ERA) and the Cleveland Indians. Nolasco will be making his 24th start as Kluber makes his 31st.
Ricky Nolasco pitched to a no-decision in his last outing after allowing 3 runs and 8 hits through 5 innings. He walked a batter and struck out 5. The no-decision broke a streak of 4 losses in 5 starts for Nolasco but he has struggled mightily in recent starts. Nolasco is just 1 – 5 in his last 10 outings. Last season, he went 13 – 11 with a 3.70 ERA in 33 starts and a relief appearance for the Miami Marlins and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Nolasco didn’t face the Tribe in 2013 but he has seen them a few times this season. In 3 starts against Cleveland this year, he is 0 - 1.
Corey Kluber got the victory in his last start and broke a 3 game losing streak in the process. Kluber went the distance his last time out, holding the opposition to a run on 5 hits. He fanned 8 without issuing any free passes. Despite the losing streak, Kluber has still pitched very well in his last 10 starts. He is 5 - 3 in those 10 outings. In 2013, Kluber was 11 - 5 with a 3.85 ERA in 24 starts and 2 relief appearances.
Last season, Kluber was 2 -1 with a 4.98 ERA in 4 starts against the Twins. Just a few weeks ago, Kluber took the loss against Minnesota after allowing 3 runs and 6 hits (including a homer) in 7 innings.
Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
Minnesota Twins are 76-63-5 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Minnesota Twins is -0.4
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
Cleveland Indians are 65-74-4 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Cleveland Indians is 0
Injuries to Watch
08/25/14 P Yohan Pino Elbow out indefinitely
05/03/14 P Mike Pelfrey Groin 60-day DL (5/1)
09/05/14 3B Mike Aviles Concussion out indefinitely
08/29/14 C Chris Gimenez Personal placed on paternity list
08/10/14 1B Nick Swisher Knee 15-day DL (8/10); out for season
06/12/14 1B Jason Giambi Knee 60-day DL (6/12)
Tony's Pick: Take Cleveland
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