Sunday, May 15, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Tyler Duffey vs. Trevor Bauer
The Minnesota Twins visit Progressive Field on Sunday to play the Cleveland Indians. The probable starters are Tyler Duffey for the Twins and Trevor Bauer for the Indians. The opening line for this matchup has Minnesota at +135 and Cleveland at -145. The over/under was set at 8.5. The Twins have a 18-14-2 over/under record and a 13-21-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 38% of the time. The Indians are 13-19-0 against the run line and have a 16-13-3 over/under record. They cover the spread 41% of the time.
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The Twins head into this matchup with a 8-26 record, including 2-16 on the road. Starting pitcher Tyler Duffey has a 0-2 record with an earned run average of 2.60 and a WHIP of 1.15. He has 17 strikeouts over his 17.1 innings pitched and he has given up 16 hits so far this season. He has allowed 8.3 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.49. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 4.49 and they have given up 130 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .271 against the bullpen while being struck out 119 times and walking 51 times this season. As a team, Minnesota has allowed 9.86 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.18 batters per nine. They are 27th in the league in team earned run average at 4.93. The Twins pitchers have collectively given up 328 base hits and 164 earned runs. They have allowed 45 home runs this season and they allow 1.4 homers per nine innings as a staff. Minnesota as a pitching staff has walked 111 batters and struck out 272. They walk 3.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.2 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.47 and their FIP as a unit is 4.41.
As a team, Minnesota is batting .235, good for 22nd in the league while putting together a .222 average away from home. The Twins hold a .376 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .304 which is good for 23rd in baseball. They rank 21st in baseball with 8.03 hits per game. Joe Mauer comes into this game hitting .291 and his on-base percentage is at .417. He has 34 hits this season along with 10 runs scored and 9 runs batted in. He's struck out 17 times and has walked 25 times. Eduardo Nunez is hitting .356 and he has an on-base percentage of .398. He has totaled 32 hits so far while scoring 14 runs and he's driven in 12. He has walked 4 times and has struck out 17 times. The Twins have 273 hits, including 57 doubles and 32 home runs. They've stolen 21 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 7 times. Minnesota has walked 108 times this season and they've struck out 300 times as a unit. They've left 249 men on base and have a team OPS of .680. They score 3.44 runs per contest and have scored a total of 117 runs so far this year.
Cleveland comes into this matchup with a 9-6 home record and a 17-15 overall mark. With an earned run average of 3.86, Trevor Bauer has a 3-0 record and a 1.29 WHIP. He has 29 strikeouts over the 28 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 24 hits. He has allowed 7.7 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.9. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.69 and they have given up 86 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .226 against the Indians bullpen while being struck out 95 times and walking 44 times this season. As a team, Cleveland has allowed 7.71 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.3 batters per nine. They are 9th in the league in team earned run average at 3.73. The Indians pitchers as a team have surrendered 248 base knocks and 120 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 36 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Cleveland as a staff has walked 97 hitters and struck out 267. They give up a walk 3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.3 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.19 while their FIP as a staff is 3.93.
As a team, they are batting .247, good for 16th in the league while putting together a .260 average at home. The Indians hold a .391 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .309 which is good for 22nd in baseball. They rank 15th in baseball with 8.41 hits per contest. Jason Kipnis comes into this matchup batting .287 and he has an OBP of .331. He has 37 hits this year along with 19 runs scored and 16 RBI. He's struck out 37 times and has walked on 10 occasions. Francisco Lindor is hitting .299 and he has an OBP of .357. He has collected 38 hits so far while he's scored 22 runs and drove in 13. He has earned a walk 11 times and has punched out 23 times. The Indians as a unit have 269 base hits, including 57 doubles and 29 homers. They have 22 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 8 times. Cleveland as a team has walked 98 times this year and they have struck out 275 times. They've had 199 men left on base and have an OPS of .700. They score 4.34 runs per game and have totaled 139 runs so far this season.
Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 18-14-2 against the over/under so far this season
The Minnesota Twins are 13-21-0 against the run line so far this season
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Cleveland Indians are 16-13-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Cleveland Indians are 13-19-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
05/07/16 SS Eduardo Escobar Groin 15-day DL (5/7)
04/27/16 P Kyle Gibson Shoulder 15-day DL (4/23)
04/13/16 P Glen Perkins Shoulder 15-day DL (4/11)
05/14/16 LF Michael Brantley Shoulder 15-day DL (5/10)
05/02/16 C Roberto Perez Thumb 15-day DL (5/2)
04/25/16 P Carlos Carrasco Hamstring 15-day DL (4/24)
Josh's Pick: Take the Indians
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