Friday, August 7, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Mike Pelfrey (5-7) vs. Cody Anderson (2-3)
The Cleveland Indians welcome the Minnesota Twins to Progressive Field on Friday. The Twins send Mike Pelfrey to the mound to face Cody Anderson of the Indians. The opening line for this matchup has Minnesota at +148 and Cleveland at -158. The over/under was set at 8.5. The Twins have a 48-51 over/under record and a 63-44 run line mark, meaning they cover 59% of the time. The Indians are 48-59 against the run line and have a 50-56 over/under record. They cover the spread 45% of the time.
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The Twins come into this game with a 54-53 record, and they are 20-31 away from home. Mike Pelfrey has a 5-7 record on the season, an earned run average of 3.65 and a 1.40 WHIP. He's pitched 118.1 innings thus far while surrendering 130 hits over that time and when he starts, the Twins are 10-10. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 7-11. His teammates are averaging 4 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.06 and they have given up 312 base hits on the year. Opposing teams are hitting .252 against the Twins bullpen while walking 101 times and striking out 227 times. Minnesota is averaging 6.12 strikeouts per game while getting 9.41 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 20th in baseball in team earned run average at 4.01.
Minnesota ranks 22nd in the league in team batting average at .248 while hitting .219 on the road. The Twins hold a .393 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .302 which is good for 29th in baseball. Joe Mauer leads the team in hits with 104 while the team ranks 23rd in baseball with 8.27 hits per game.
With a 49-58 overall record, Cleveland will come into this game 20-32 at home. Cody Anderson has a record of 2-3 while sporting an earned run average of 3.38 on the year with a 1.06 WHIP. He's pitched 45.1 innings thus far while surrendering 41 hits over that time in which the Indians are 4-3. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 3-4. His teammates score an average of 3.3 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.22 and they have given up 271 base hits on the year. Opposing teams are hitting .240 against the Indians bullpen while walking 105 times and striking out 293 times. Cleveland is averaging 8.98 strikeouts per game while getting 8.26 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 15th in the league in team earned run average at 3.83.
They rank 23rd in the league in team batting average with a .248 average while hitting .254 at home. The Indians hold a .382 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .319 which is good for 9th in baseball. Jason Kipnis leads the team in hits with 132 while the team ranks 22nd in baseball with 8.31 hits a game.
Minnesota has a team fielding percentage of .985 after having committed 60 errors with 1,089 assists and 2,843 put outs for the season. The Indians have committed 57 errors on the season with 1024 assists and 2,852 put outs leading to a team fielding percentage of .986 on the year.
Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 48-51 against the over/under so far this season
The Minnesota Twins are 63-44 against the run line so far this season
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Cleveland Indians are 50-56 against the over/under so far this season
The Cleveland Indians are 48-59 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
08/02/15 P Tommy Milone Hip Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/1)
06/26/15 CF Byron Buxton Thumb Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/25)
06/04/15 P Ricky Nolasco Ankle Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (6/1)
05/16/15 CF Jordan Schafer Knee Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/16)
08/04/15 2B Jason Kipnis Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/2)
07/08/15 P Nick Hagadone Back Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/7), out for season
06/14/15 1B Nick Swisher Knee Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/13)
04/06/15 P Josh Tomlin Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/29)
04/05/15 P Gavin Floyd Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/6)
Tony's Pick: Take the Twins
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