Monday, April 25, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Danny Salazar vs. Tommy Milone
The Cleveland Indians visit Target Field on Monday to play the Minnesota Twins. The probable starters are Danny Salazar for the Indians and Tommy Milone for the Twins. The opening line for this matchup has Cleveland at -133 and Minnesota at +123. The over/under was set at 8.5. The Indians have a 7-7-1 over/under record and a 6-9-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 40% of the time. The Twins are 8-10-0 against the run line and have a 6-11-1 over/under record. They cover the spread 44% of the time.
The Indians head into this matchup with a 8-7 record, including 5-2 on the road. Starting pitcher Danny Salazar has a 2-1 record with an earned run average of 1.47 and a WHIP of 0.93. He has 23 strikeouts over his 18.1 innings pitched and he has given up 8 hits so far this season. He has allowed 3.9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 2.9. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 4.57 and they have given up 30 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .192 against the bullpen while being struck out 36 times and walking 19 times this season. As a team, Cleveland has allowed 7.32 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.46 batters per nine. They are 16th in the league in team earned run average at 3.96. The Indians pitchers have collectively given up 109 base hits and 59 earned runs. They have allowed 21 home runs this season and they allow 1.4 homers per nine innings as a staff. Cleveland as a pitching staff has walked 42 batters and struck out 126. They walk 2.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.13 and their FIP as a unit is 4.30.
As a team, Cleveland is batting .245, good for 16th in the league while putting together a .247 average away from home. The Indians hold a .396 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .305 which is good for 22nd in baseball. They rank 15th in baseball with 8.27 hits per game. Jason Kipnis comes into this game hitting .281 and his on-base percentage is at .338. He has 16 hits this season along with 8 runs scored and 6 runs batted in. He's struck out 17 times and has walked 6 times. Francisco Lindor is hitting .293 and he has an on-base percentage of .359. He has totaled 17 hits so far while scoring 10 runs and he's driven in 5. He has walked 6 times and has struck out 14 times. The Indians have 124 hits, including 28 doubles and 15 home runs. They've stolen 13 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 4 times. Cleveland has walked 46 times this season and they've struck out 135 times as a unit. They've left 97 men on base and have a team OPS of .702. They score 4.33 runs per contest and have scored a total of 65 runs so far this year.
Minnesota comes into this matchup with a 4-4 home record and a 5-13 overall mark. With an earned run average of 5.87, Tommy Milone has a 0-1 record and a 1.37 WHIP. He has 12 strikeouts over the 15.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 17 hits. He has allowed 10 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.67. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.19 and they have given up 48 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .234 against the Twins bullpen while being struck out 58 times and walking 28 times this season. As a team, Minnesota has allowed 8.75 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.71 batters per nine. They are 14th in the league in team earned run average at 3.88. The Twins pitchers as a team have surrendered 151 base knocks and 67 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 16 home runs this year and they give up 0.9 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Minnesota as a staff has walked 59 hitters and struck out 133. They give up a walk 3.4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.35 while their FIP as a staff is 3.89.
As a team, they are batting .241, good for 20th in the league while putting together a .253 average at home. The Twins hold a .387 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .318 which is good for 15th in baseball. They rank 18th in baseball with 8.06 hits per contest. Joe Mauer comes into this matchup batting .328 and he has an OBP of .450. He has 21 hits this year along with 6 runs scored and 6 RBI. He's struck out 7 times and has walked on 14 occasions. Eduardo Escobar is hitting .262 and he has an OBP of .308. He has collected 16 hits so far while he's scored 6 runs and drove in 4. He has earned a walk 4 times and has punched out 18 times. The Twins as a unit have 145 base hits, including 32 doubles and 16 homers. They have 10 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 4 times. Minnesota as a team has walked 63 times this year and they have struck out 163 times. They've had 142 men left on base and have an OPS of .705. They score 3.17 runs per game and have totaled 57 runs so far this season.
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Cleveland Indians are 7-7-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Cleveland Indians are 6-9-0 against the run line so far this season
Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 6-11-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Minnesota Twins are 8-10-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
04/24/16 P Carlos Carrasco Leg left last game, "?" next start
04/05/16 P Tommy Hunter Side 15-day DL (3/26)
04/04/16 LF Michael Brantley Shoulder 15-day DL (3/25)
04/24/16 P Ervin Santana Back "?" next start
04/18/16 3B Trevor Plouffe Side 15-day DL (4/18)
04/13/16 P Glen Perkins Shoulder 15-day DL (4/11)
04/10/16 CF Danny Santana Hamstring 15-day DL (4/10)
Tony's Pick: Take the Indians
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