Thursday, August 4, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Hector Santiago vs. Mike Clevinger
The Minnesota Twins head to Progressive Field on Thursday to take on the Cleveland Indians. The probable pitchers are Hector Santiago for the Twins and Mike Clevinger for the Indians. The opening line for this game has Minnesota at +143 and Cleveland at -153. The over/under is 9. The Twins have a 62-38-6 over/under mark and a 56-50-0 run line record, meaning they cover 53% of the time. The Indians are 54-50-0 against the run line and have a 52-43-9 over/under record. They cover the spread 52% of the time.
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The Twins head into this game with a 42-64 record, and they are 19-32 on the road. Starting pitcher Hector Santiago has a 10-4 record with an ERA of 4.25 and a WHIP of 1.33. He has 107 strikeouts during his 120.2 innings pitched and he has given up 104 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 7.8 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.03. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 4.24 and they have allowed 379 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .267 against the pen while they've been struck out 346 times and walked 113 times this year. As a unit, Minnesota has given up 10.02 base hits per nine innings while striking out 7.37 hitters per nine. They are 28th in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.84. The Twins pitchers have collectively given up 1,051 base hits and 507 earned runs. They have allowed 142 home runs this season and they allow 1.4 homers per nine innings as a staff. Minnesota as a pitching staff has walked 278 batters and struck out 772. 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 hitting .255, good for 15th in the league while putting together a .253 average on the road. The Twins have a .425 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .320 which is good for 18th in the league. They rank 14th in baseball with 8.82 hits per contest. Eduardo Nunez comes into this game hitting .292 and his on-base percentage is at .323. 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 .270 and he has an on-base percentage of .371. He has totaled 99 hits so far while scoring 55 runs and he's driven in 35. He has walked 59 times and has struck out 68 times. The Twins have 935 hits, including 195 doubles and 127 home runs. They've stolen 72 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 22 times. Minnesota has walked 335 times this season and they've struck out 905 times as a unit. They've left 742 men on base and have a team OPS of .745. They score 4.56 runs per contest and have scored a total of 483 runs so far this year.
Cleveland comes into this game with a 30-19 home mark and a 60-44 overall record. With an ERA of 7.71, Mike Clevinger has a 0-1 record and a 1.59 WHIP. He has 14 strikeouts over the 16.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 17 hits. He has allowed 9.4 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.46. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.64 and they have given up 287 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .241 against the Indians bullpen while being struck out 298 times and walking 123 times this season. As a team, Cleveland has allowed 8.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.46 batters per nine. They are 5th in the league in team earned run average at 3.73. The Indians pitchers as a team have surrendered 859 base knocks and 391 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 124 home runs this year and they give up 1.2 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Cleveland as a staff has walked 302 hitters and struck out 886. They give up a walk 2.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.5 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.23 while their FIP as a staff is 3.99.
As a team, they are batting .261, good for 10th in the league while putting together a .288 average at home. The Indians hold a .435 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .324 which is good for 14th in baseball. They rank 8th in baseball with 9.02 hits per contest. Francisco Lindor comes into this matchup batting .308 and he has an OBP of .361. He has 123 hits this year along with 70 runs scored and 53 RBI. He's struck out 60 times and has walked on 36 occasions. Jason Kipnis is hitting .288 and he has an OBP of .345. He has collected 116 hits so far while he's scored 61 runs and drove in 58. He has earned a walk 35 times and has punched out 90 times. The Indians as a unit have 939 base hits, including 185 doubles and 134 homers. They have 73 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 18 times. Cleveland as a team has walked 331 times this year and they have struck out 818 times. They've had 682 men left on base and have an OPS of .760. They score 4.96 runs per game and have totaled 516 runs so far this season.
Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 62-38-6 against the over/under so far this season
The Minnesota Twins are 56-50-0 against the run line so far this season
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Cleveland Indians are 52-43-9 against the over/under so far this season
The Cleveland Indians are 54-50-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
08/03/16 CF Byron Buxton Knee "?" Wednesday vs. Cleveland Indians
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
08/02/16 P Danny Salazar Elbow 15-day DL (8/2)
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 Indians
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