Wednesday, August 31, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Pat Dean vs. Corey Kluber
The Minnesota Twins visit Progressive Field on Wednesday to play the Cleveland Indians. The probable starters are Pat Dean for the Twins and Corey Kluber for the Indians. The opening line for this matchup has Minnesota at +250 and Cleveland at -275. The over/under was set at 8.5. The Twins have a 80-44-7 over/under record and a 67-64-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 51% of the time. The Indians are 63-67-0 against the run line and have a 63-57-10 over/under record. They cover the spread 49% of the time.
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The Twins head into this matchup with a 49-82 record, including 24-42 on the road. Starting pitcher Pat Dean has a 1-4 record with an earned run average of 6.24 and a WHIP of 1.59. He has 38 strikeouts over his 49 innings pitched and he has given up 62 hits so far this season. He has allowed 11.4 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.96. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 4.47 and they have given up 490 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .273 against the bullpen while being struck out 412 times and walking 142 times this season. As a team, Minnesota has allowed 10.23 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.24 batters per nine. They are 29th in the league in team earned run average at 5.09. The Twins pitchers have collectively given up 1,320 base hits and 657 earned runs. They have allowed 182 home runs this season and they allow 1.4 homers per nine innings as a staff. Minnesota as a pitching staff has walked 358 batters and struck out 935. They walk 2.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.2 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.44 and their FIP as a unit is 4.58.
As a team, Minnesota is batting .255, good for 17th in the league while putting together a .255 average away from home. The Twins hold a .422 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .319 which is good for 19th in baseball. They rank 12th in baseball with 8.87 hits per game. Brian Dozier comes into this game hitting .270 and his on-base percentage is at .342. He has 133 hits this season along with 83 runs scored and 78 runs batted in. He's struck out 94 times and has walked 50 times. Joe Mauer is hitting .275 and he has an on-base percentage of .375. He has totaled 121 hits so far while scoring 63 runs and he's driven in 46. He has walked 71 times and has struck out 81 times. The Twins have 1,162 hits, including 242 doubles and 152 home runs. They've stolen 80 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 24 times. Minnesota has walked 410 times this season and they've struck out 1,112 times as a unit. They've left 916 men on base and have a team OPS of .742. They score 4.54 runs per contest and have scored a total of 595 runs so far this year.
Cleveland comes into this matchup with a 40-23 home record and a 74-56 overall mark. With an earned run average of 3.07, Corey Kluber has a 14-8 record and a 1.05 WHIP. He has 178 strikeouts over the 175.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 140 hits. He has allowed 7.2 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.11. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.42 and they have given up 343 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .232 against the Indians bullpen while being struck out 384 times and walking 151 times this season. As a team, Cleveland has allowed 8.25 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.59 batters per nine. They are 7th in the league in team earned run average at 3.81. The Indians pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,072 base knocks and 495 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 152 home runs this year and they give up 1.2 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Cleveland as a staff has walked 380 hitters and struck out 1,117. They give up a walk 2.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.24 while their FIP as a staff is 3.96.
As a team, they are batting .264, good for 6th in the league while putting together a .293 average at home. The Indians hold a .435 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .325 which is good for 13th in baseball. They rank 6th in baseball with 9.08 hits per contest. Jason Kipnis comes into this matchup batting .286 and he has an OBP of .343. He has 143 hits this year along with 75 runs scored and 70 RBI. He's struck out 117 times and has walked on 44 occasions. Francisco Lindor is hitting .311 and he has an OBP of .355. He has collected 157 hits so far while he's scored 83 runs and drove in 64. He has earned a walk 38 times and has punched out 74 times. The Indians as a unit have 1,181 base hits, including 238 doubles and 161 homers. They have 104 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 26 times. Cleveland as a team has walked 395 times this year and they have struck out 1,025 times. They've had 845 men left on base and have an OPS of .760. They score 4.87 runs per game and have totaled 633 runs so far this season.
Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 80-44-7 against the over/under so far this season
The Minnesota Twins are 67-64-0 against the run line so far this season
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Cleveland Indians are 63-57-10 against the over/under so far this season
The Cleveland Indians are 63-67-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
08/29/16 CF Danny Santana Shoulder 15-day DL (8/29)
08/26/16 P Hector Santiago Thumb "?" for next scheduled start
08/24/16 DH Byung Ho Park Wrist out for season
08/13/16 P Tommy Milone Bicep 15-day DL (8/11)
08/11/16 P Trevor May Back 15-day DL (8/7)
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
08/17/16 P Josh Tomlin Personal expected to miss 3-5 days
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); out for season
Josh's Pick: Take the Twins
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