Sunday, September 11, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Corey Kluber vs. Jose Berrios
The Cleveland Indians head to Target Field on Sunday to take on the Minnesota Twins. The probable pitchers are Corey Kluber for the Indians and Jose Berrios for the Twins. The opening line for this game has Cleveland at -220 and Minnesota at +203. The over/under is 8.5. The Indians have a 70-60-10 over/under mark and a 67-73-0 run line record, meaning they cover 48% of the time. The Twins are 72-69-0 against the run line and have a 89-45-7 over/under record. They cover the spread 51% of the time.
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The Indians head into this game with a 82-58 record, and they are 35-33 on the road. Starting pitcher Corey Kluber has a 15-9 record with an ERA of 3.16 and a WHIP of 1.04. He has 198 strikeouts during his 190.2 innings pitched and he has given up 150 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 7.1 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.18. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 3.40 and they have allowed 373 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .232 against the pen while they've been struck out 426 times and walked 164 times this year. As a unit, Cleveland has given up 8.27 base hits per nine innings while striking out 8.72 hitters per nine. They are 6th in the Majors in team earned run average at 3.82. The Indians pitchers have collectively given up 1,158 base hits and 535 earned runs. They have allowed 165 home runs this season and they allow 1.2 homers per nine innings as a staff. Cleveland as a pitching staff has walked 411 batters and struck out 1,221. They walk 2.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.25 and their FIP as a unit is 3.95.
As a team, Cleveland is hitting .265, good for 5th in the league while putting together a .238 average on the road. The Indians have a .437 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .330 which is good for 5th in the league. They rank 6th in baseball with 9.11 hits per contest. Jason Kipnis comes into this game hitting .280 and his on-base percentage is at .347. He has 150 hits this season along with 82 runs scored and 77 runs batted in. He's struck out 126 times and has walked 55 times. Francisco Lindor is hitting .322 and he has an on-base percentage of .368. He has totaled 176 hits so far while scoring 91 runs and he's driven in 69. He has walked 42 times and has struck out 77 times. The Indians have 1,275 hits, including 266 doubles and 171 home runs. They've stolen 111 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 28 times. Cleveland has walked 448 times this season and they've struck out 1,091 times as a unit. They've left 929 men on base and have a team OPS of .767. They score 4.94 runs per contest and have scored a total of 692 runs so far this year.
Minnesota comes into this game with a 28-45 home mark and a 52-89 overall record. With an ERA of 9.21, Jose Berrios has a 2-5 record and a 1.98 WHIP. He has 41 strikeouts over the 42 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 59 hits. He has allowed 12.6 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.91. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.71 and they have given up 539 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .275 against the Twins bullpen while being struck out 454 times and walking 171 times this season. As a team, Minnesota has allowed 10.34 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.36 batters per nine. They are 30th in the league in team earned run average at 5.23. The Twins pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,439 base knocks and 728 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 200 home runs this year and they give up 1.4 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Minnesota as a staff has walked 407 hitters and struck out 1,025. They give up a walk 2.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.47 while their FIP as a staff is 4.64.
As a team, they are batting .257, good for 13th in the league while putting together a .260 average at home. The Twins hold a .431 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .321 which is good for 18th in baseball. They rank 9th in baseball with 8.97 hits per contest. Brian Dozier comes into this matchup batting .277 and he has an OBP of .347. He has 149 hits this year along with 94 runs scored and 93 RBI. He's struck out 110 times and has walked on 53 occasions. Joe Mauer is hitting .271 and he has an OBP of .370. He has collected 128 hits so far while he's scored 68 runs and drove in 48. He has earned a walk 75 times and has punched out 88 times. The Twins as a unit have 1,265 base hits, including 265 doubles and 176 homers. They have 83 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 26 times. Minnesota as a team has walked 440 times this year and they have struck out 1,209 times. They've had 984 men left on base and have an OPS of .753. They score 4.65 runs per game and have totaled 655 runs so far this season.
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Cleveland Indians are 70-60-10 against the over/under so far this season
The Cleveland Indians are 67-73-0 against the run line so far this season
Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 89-45-7 against the over/under so far this season
The Minnesota Twins are 72-69-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
09/10/16 P Danny Salazar Forearm "?" for next scheduled start
08/31/16 C Yan Gomes Shoulder 60-day DL (7/18)
07/18/16 P Tommy Hunter Back 15-day DL (7/10)
07/07/16 P Zach McAllister Hip 15-day DL (7/6)
06/01/16 LF Marlon Byrd Suspension out for season
05/14/16 LF Michael Brantley Shoulder 60-day DL (5/10); out for season
09/09/16 RF Joe Mauer Quad "?" Saturday vs. Cleveland Indians
09/07/16 3B Trevor Plouffe Oblique out indefinitely
08/29/16 CF Danny Santana Shoulder 60-day DL (8/29); out for season
08/24/16 DH Byung Ho Park Wrist out for season
06/10/16 P Phil Hughes Knee 60-day DL (6/10); out for season
04/13/16 P Glen Perkins Shoulder 60-day DL (4/11); out for season
Guy's Pick: Take the Twins
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