Wednesday, April 27, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Josh Tomlin vs. Jose Berrios
The Cleveland Indians visit Target Field on Wednesday to play the Minnesota Twins. The probable starters are Josh Tomlin for the Indians and Jose Berrios for the Twins. The opening line for this matchup has Cleveland at -120 and Minnesota at +110. The over/under was set at 8. The Indians have a 8-8-1 over/under record and a 7-10-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 41% of the time. The Twins are 10-10-0 against the run line and have a 7-12-1 over/under record. They cover the spread 50% of the time.
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The Indians head into this matchup with a 9-8 record, including 6-3 on the road. Starting pitcher Josh Tomlin has a 2-0 record with an earned run average of 1.54 and a WHIP of 0.77. He has 10 strikeouts over his 11.2 innings pitched and he has given up 8 hits so far this season. He has allowed 6.2 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 2.74. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 4.42 and they have given up 38 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .197 against the bullpen while being struck out 47 times and walking 23 times this season. As a team, Cleveland has allowed 7.21 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.46 batters per nine. They are 15th in the league in team earned run average at 3.93. The Indians pitchers have collectively given up 121 base hits and 66 earned runs. They have allowed 22 home runs this season and they allow 1.3 homers per nine innings as a staff. Cleveland as a pitching staff has walked 50 batters and struck out 142. They walk 3 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 4.20.
As a team, Cleveland is batting .254, good for 13th in the league while putting together a .263 average away from home. The Indians hold a .401 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .317 which is good for 15th in baseball. They rank 13th in baseball with 8.65 hits per game. Jason Kipnis comes into this game hitting .284 and his on-base percentage is at .333. He has 19 hits this season along with 9 runs scored and 7 runs batted in. He's struck out 20 times and has walked 6 times. Francisco Lindor is hitting .308 and he has an on-base percentage of .392. He has totaled 20 hits so far while scoring 12 runs and he's driven in 5. He has walked 9 times and has struck out 14 times. The Indians have 147 hits, including 31 doubles and 16 home runs. They've stolen 14 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 5 times. Cleveland has walked 55 times this season and they've struck out 150 times as a unit. They've left 115 men on base and have a team OPS of .717. They score 4.35 runs per contest and have scored a total of 74 runs so far this year.
Minnesota comes into this matchup with a 5-4 home record and a 6-14 overall mark. Jose Berrios will be making his season debut for the Twins. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.13 and they have given up 64 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .241 against the Twins bullpen while being struck out 74 times and walking 31 times this season. As a team, Minnesota has allowed 8.98 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.78 batters per nine. They are 13th in the league in team earned run average at 3.76. The Twins pitchers as a team have surrendered 179 base knocks and 75 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 20 home runs this year and they give up 1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Minnesota as a staff has walked 66 hitters and struck out 155. They give up a walk 3.3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.37 while their FIP as a staff is 3.97.
As a team, they are batting .234, good for 24th in the league while putting together a .245 average at home. The Twins hold a .375 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .309 which is good for 19th in baseball. They rank 22nd in baseball with 8.05 hits per contest. Joe Mauer comes into this matchup batting .329 and he has an OBP of .455. He has 23 hits this year along with 7 runs scored and 6 RBI. He's struck out 8 times and has walked on 16 occasions. Eduardo Escobar is hitting .229 and he has an OBP of .280. 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 161 base hits, including 35 doubles and 18 homers. They have 11 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 4 times. Minnesota as a team has walked 70 times this year and they have struck out 188 times. They've had 156 men left on base and have an OPS of .684. They score 3.3 runs per game and have totaled 66 runs so far this season.
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Cleveland Indians are 8-8-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Cleveland Indians are 7-10-0 against the run line so far this season
Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 7-12-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Minnesota Twins are 10-10-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
04/25/16 P Carlos Carrasco Hamstring 15-day DL (4/24)
04/05/16 P Tommy Hunter Side 15-day DL (3/26)
04/24/16 P Ervin Santana Back "?" for next scheduled 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)
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