Monday, September 28, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Phil Hughes (11-9) vs. Corey Kluber (8-15)
The Cleveland Indians host the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field on Monday. The Twins send Phil Hughes to the mound to face Corey Kluber of the Indians. The opening line for this matchup has Minnesota at +157 and Cleveland at -167. The over/under was set at 7.5. The Twins have a 70-72 over/under record and a 90-64 run line mark, meaning they cover 58% of the time. The Indians are 75-78 against the run line and have a 76-75 over/under record. They cover the spread 49% of the time.
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The Twins head into this matchup with a 79-75 record, including 33-43 on the road. Starting pitcher Phil Hughes holds a 11-9 record with an earned run average of 4.43 and a WHIP of 1.29. The Twins are 13-12 over his 154.1 innings pitched and he's also given up 183 hits over that time period. The Twins are also 12-11 against the over/under in his starts. The team is averaging 4.4 runs when he starts. The bullpen's earned run average is currently 4.00 and they've given up 476 hits on the season. Opposing teams are hitting .250 against the Twins bullpen while walking 156 times and striking out 372 times. Minnesota is averaging 6.49 strikeouts per game while getting 9.45 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 20th in baseball in team earned run average at 4.11.
Minnesota is batting .248 as a team, which is good for 24th in the league and hitting .230 away from home. Ranked at 27th in the league in on-base percentage, the Twins sit at .306 and they hold a .402 team slugging percentage. Joe Mauer leads the team in hits with 150 while the team ranks 25th in baseball with 8.38 hits per game.
With a 35-38 home record, Cleveland will hope to improve on their 77-76 overall mark. With an earned run average of 3.55, Corey Kluber will come into this game holding a 8-15 record and a 1.05 WHIP. The Indians have a record of 10-20 over the 208 innings he's pitched during which he's given up 179 hits. The Indians are also 14-16 against the over/under in his starts. The team is averaging 3.4 runs when he takes the field. The bullpen's earned run average is currently at 3.20 and they have given up 402 hits on the season. Opposing teams are hitting .241 against the Indians bullpen while walking 145 times and striking out 418 times. Cleveland is averaging 8.89 strikeouts per game while getting 8.08 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 10th in the league in team earned run average at 3.75.
They are batting .257 as a team, which is good for 11th in the league and hitting .275 at home. Ranked at 6th in the league in on-base percentage, the Indians sit at .326 and they hold a .401 team slugging percentage. Michael Brantley leads the team in hits with 164 while the team ranks 11th in baseball with 8.7 hits a game.
The Twins have committed 78 errors and have combined for 1,555 assists and 4,116 put outs leading to a .986 team fielding percentage. The Indians have committed 77 errors on the season with 1,457 assists and 4,085 put outs leading to a team fielding percentage of .986 on the year.
Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 70-72 against the over/under so far this season
The Minnesota Twins are 90-64 against the run line so far this season
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Cleveland Indians are 76-75 against the over/under so far this season
The Cleveland Indians are 75-78 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
09/27/15 3B Trevor Plouffe Illness is not expected to be in the starting lineup Sunday vs. Detroit Tigers
09/25/15 P Tommy Milone Shoulder out indefinitely
05/16/15 CF Jordan Schafer Knee Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/16)
09/27/15 LF Michael Brantley Shoulder is upgraded to expected to be in the starting lineup Sunday vs. Kansas City Royals
09/06/15 P T.J. House Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (5/1)
07/08/15 P Nick Hagadone Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (7/7), out for season
Tony's Pick: Take the Twins
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