Tuesday, August 2, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Kyle Gibson vs. Carlos Carrasco
The Minnesota Twins visit Progressive Field on Tuesday to play the Cleveland Indians. The probable starters are Kyle Gibson for the Twins and Carlos Carrasco for the Indians. The opening line for this matchup has Minnesota at -105 and Cleveland at -105. The over/under was set at 8.5. The Twins have a 60-38-6 over/under record and a 54-50-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 52% of the time. The Indians are 54-48-0 against the run line and have a 50-43-9 over/under record. They cover the spread 53% of the time.
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The Twins head into this matchup with a 40-64 record, including 17-32 on the road. Starting pitcher Kyle Gibson has a 3-6 record with an earned run average of 4.54 and a WHIP of 1.40. He has 57 strikeouts over his 77.1 innings pitched and he has given up 83 hits so far this season. He has allowed 9.7 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.22. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 4.28 and they have given up 374 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .268 against the bullpen while being struck out 338 times and walking 110 times this season. As a team, Minnesota has allowed 10.03 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.36 batters per nine. They are 28th in the league in team earned run average at 4.82. The Twins pitchers have collectively given up 1,031 base hits and 496 earned runs. They have allowed 139 home runs this season and they allow 1.4 homers per nine innings as a staff. Minnesota as a pitching staff has walked 274 batters and struck out 757. They walk 2.7 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.4 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.41 and their FIP as a unit is 4.41.
As a team, Minnesota is batting .251, good for 16th in the league while putting together a .246 average away from home. The Twins hold a .416 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .317 which is good for 20th in baseball. They rank 15th in baseball with 8.67 hits per game. Eduardo Nunez comes into this game hitting .295 and his on-base percentage is at .326. He has 112 hits this season along with 49 runs scored and 49 runs batted in. He's struck out 60 times and has walked 17 times. Joe Mauer is hitting .261 and he has an on-base percentage of .364. He has totaled 93 hits so far while scoring 49 runs and he's driven in 33. He has walked 58 times and has struck out 66 times. The Twins have 902 hits, including 186 doubles and 119 home runs. They've stolen 70 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 21 times. Minnesota has walked 327 times this season and they've struck out 891 times as a unit. They've left 726 men on base and have a team OPS of .733. They score 4.43 runs per contest and have scored a total of 461 runs so far this year.
Cleveland comes into this matchup with a 30-17 home record and a 60-42 overall mark. With an earned run average of 2.45, Carlos Carrasco has a 7-4 record and a 1.03 WHIP. He has 86 strikeouts over the 91.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 68 hits. He has allowed 6.7 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.02. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.55 and they have given up 268 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .236 against the Indians bullpen while being struck out 288 times and walking 119 times this season. As a team, Cleveland has allowed 8.03 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.48 batters per nine. They are 5th in the league in team earned run average at 3.59. The Indians pitchers as a team have surrendered 826 base knocks and 369 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 116 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Cleveland as a staff has walked 294 hitters and struck out 872. They give up a walk 2.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.5 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.21 while their FIP as a staff is 3.90.
As a team, they are batting .261, good for 10th in the league while putting together a .289 average at home. The Indians hold a .435 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .324 which is good for 13th in baseball. They rank 8th in baseball with 9.01 hits per contest. Francisco Lindor comes into this matchup batting .304 and he has an OBP of .358. He has 119 hits this year along with 68 runs scored and 52 RBI. He's struck out 60 times and has walked on 36 occasions. Jason Kipnis is hitting .289 and he has an OBP of .345. He has collected 114 hits so far while he's scored 60 runs and drove in 58. He has earned a walk 34 times and has punched out 89 times. The Indians as a unit have 919 base hits, including 182 doubles and 131 homers. They have 72 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 18 times. Cleveland as a team has walked 327 times this year and they have struck out 803 times. They've had 669 men left on base and have an OPS of .760. They score 4.95 runs per game and have totaled 505 runs so far this season.
Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 60-38-6 against the over/under so far this season
The Minnesota Twins are 54-50-0 against the run line so far this season
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Cleveland Indians are 50-43-9 against the over/under so far this season
The Cleveland Indians are 54-48-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
07/04/16 3B Trevor Plouffe Ribs 15-day DL (7/1)
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
07/31/16 P Jeff Manship Wrist 15-day DL (7/27)
07/19/16 C Yan Gomes Shoulder 15-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)
Josh's Pick: Take the Twins
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