Tuesday, April 26, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Cody Anderson vs. Ricky Nolasco
The Cleveland Indians visit Target Field on Tuesday to play the Minnesota Twins. The probable starters are Cody Anderson for the Indians and Ricky Nolasco for the Twins. The opening line for this matchup has Cleveland at -105 and Minnesota at -105. The over/under was set at 8. The Indians have a 8-7-1 over/under record and a 7-9-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 44% of the time. The Twins are 9-10-0 against the run line and have a 7-11-1 over/under record. They cover the spread 47% of the time.
The Indians head into this matchup with a 9-7 record, including 6-2 on the road. Starting pitcher Cody Anderson has a 0-1 record with an earned run average of 7.53 and a WHIP of 1.88. He has 10 strikeouts over his 14.1 innings pitched and he has given up 24 hits so far this season. He has allowed 15.1 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 7.07. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 4.53 and they have given up 36 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .199 against the bullpen while being struck out 45 times and walking 23 times this season. As a team, Cleveland has allowed 7.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.62 batters per nine. They are 15th in the league in team earned run average at 3.90. The Indians pitchers have collectively given up 116 base hits and 62 earned runs. They have allowed 21 home runs this season and they allow 1.3 homers per nine innings as a staff. Cleveland as a pitching staff has walked 46 batters and struck out 137. They walk 2.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.13 and their FIP as a unit is 4.18.
As a team, Cleveland is batting .249, good for 15th in the league while putting together a .255 average away from home. The Indians hold a .397 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .313 which is good for 18th in baseball. They rank 14th in baseball with 8.44 hits per game. Jason Kipnis comes into this game hitting .290 and his on-base percentage is at .343. He has 18 hits this season along with 9 runs scored and 6 runs batted in. He's struck out 18 times and has walked 6 times. Francisco Lindor is hitting .323 and he has an on-base percentage of .391. He has totaled 20 hits so far while scoring 12 runs and he's driven in 5. He has walked 7 times and has struck out 14 times. The Indians have 135 hits, including 29 doubles and 15 home runs. They've stolen 13 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 5 times. Cleveland has walked 52 times this season and they've struck out 140 times as a unit. They've left 105 men on base and have a team OPS of .709. They score 4.44 runs per contest and have scored a total of 71 runs so far this year.
Minnesota comes into this matchup with a 4-4 home record and a 5-14 overall mark. With an earned run average of 2.66, Ricky Nolasco has a 1-0 record and a 0.98 WHIP. He has 15 strikeouts over the 20.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 17 hits. He has allowed 7.5 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 2.7. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.20 and they have given up 59 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .238 against the Twins bullpen while being struck out 69 times and walking 30 times this season. As a team, Minnesota has allowed 8.82 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.66 batters per nine. They are 13th in the league in team earned run average at 3.80. The Twins pitchers as a team have surrendered 167 base knocks and 72 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 19 home runs this year and they give up 1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Minnesota as a staff has walked 63 hitters and struck out 145. They give up a walk 3.3 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 4.02.
As a team, they are batting .237, good for 21st in the league while putting together a .253 average at home. The Twins hold a .376 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .311 which is good for 20th in baseball. They rank 17th in baseball with 8.21 hits per contest. Joe Mauer comes into this matchup batting .328 and he has an OBP of .452. He has 22 hits this year along with 7 runs scored and 6 RBI. He's struck out 8 times and has walked on 15 occasions. Eduardo Escobar is hitting .239 and he has an OBP of .292. He has collected 16 hits so far while he's scored 6 runs and drove in 4. He has earned a walk 5 times and has punched out 18 times. The Twins as a unit have 156 base hits, including 33 doubles and 17 homers. They have 11 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 4 times. Minnesota as a team has walked 66 times this year and they have struck out 183 times. They've had 151 men left on base and have an OPS of .687. They score 3.26 runs per game and have totaled 62 runs so far this season.
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Cleveland Indians are 8-7-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Cleveland Indians are 7-9-0 against the run line so far this season
Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 7-11-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Minnesota Twins are 9-10-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
04/24/16 P Carlos Carrasco Hamstring left last game, doubtful 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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