Thursday, April 20, 2017
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Probable Pitchers: Corey Kluber vs. Ervin Santana
The Cleveland Indians head to Target Field on Thursday, April 20, 2017 to take on the Minnesota Twins. The expected starting pitchers are Corey Kluber for the Indians and Ervin Santana for the Twins.
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The odds for this matchup have Cleveland at -197 and Minnesota at +183. The Indians have a 7-6-1 over/under mark and a 5-9-0 run line record. The Twins are 8-6-0 against the run line and have a 3-9-2 over/under record.
Valuable Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Cleveland Indians are 7-6-1 against the over/under
The Cleveland Indians are 5-9-0 against the run line
Important Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 3-9-2 against the over/under
The Minnesota Twins are 8-6-0 against the run line
Key Cleveland Indians Injuries
04/09/17 P Cody Anderson Elbow 60-day DL (4/2)
03/31/17 2B Jason Kipnis Shoulder 10-day DL (4/2)
Key Minnesota Twins Injuries
04/03/17 P Ryan O'Rourke Elbow 10-day DL (3/30)
04/01/17 SS Ehire Adrianza Oblique 10-day DL (3/30)
03/31/17 P Glen Perkins Shoulder 60-day DL (4/2)
03/11/17 P Trevor May Arm 60-day DL
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Indians have a 7-7 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Corey Kluber has a 1-1 record with an earned run average of 6.38 and a WHIP of 1.42. He has 18 strikeouts over his 18.1 innings pitched and he's given up 20 hits. He allows 9.8 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.47. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.35 and they have given up 46 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .258 against the bullpen and they've struck out 48 hitters and walked 15 batters. As a team, Cleveland allows 9.5 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.7 batters per nine innings. They are 28th in the league in team earned run average at 4.94. The Indians pitchers collectively have given up 131 base hits and 68 earned runs. They have allowed 16 home runs this season, ranking them 14th in the league. Cleveland as a pitching staff has walked 39 batters and struck out 133. They have walked 2.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.37 and their FIP as a unit is 3.45.
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As a team Cleveland is hitting .255, good for 9th in the league. The Indians hold a .415 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .333, which is good for 7th in baseball. They rank 8th in MLB with 8.8 hits per game. Carlos Santana is hitting .226 with an on-base percentage of .294. He has 14 hits this season in 62 at bats with 11 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .387 and an OPS+ of 84. Francisco Lindor is hitting .351 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .415. He has totaled 20 hits and he has driven in 10 men in 57 at bats. His OPS+ is 194 while his slugging percentage is at .684. The Indians have 123 hits, including 24 doubles and 17 home runs. Cleveland has walked 53 times so far this season and they have struck out 106 times as a unit. They have left 104 men on base and have a team OPS of .748. They score 4.93 runs per contest and have scored a total of 69 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Minnesota has a 7-7 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 0.41, Ervin Santana has a 3-0 record and a 0.46 WHIP. He has 15 strikeouts over the 22 innings he's pitched. He's also given up 5 hits. He allows 2 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 2.81. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.64 and they have given up 35 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .203 against the Twins bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 43 batters and walked 13 opposing hitters. As a team, Minnesota allows 6.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 6.8 batters per nine innings. They are 3rd in the league in team earned run average at 2.98. The Twins pitchers as a team have surrendered 95 base knocks and 41 earned runs this season. They have given up 14 home runs this year, which ranks 17th in Major League Baseball. Minnesota as a staff has walked 34 hitters and struck out 93 batters. They give up a walk 2.5 times per 9 innings while they strike out 6.8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.04 while their FIP as a staff is 3.96.
As a team, they are batting .240, good for 14th in the league. The Twins hold a .373 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .331, which is good for 8th in baseball. They rank 16th in MLB with 8.0 hits per contest. Jason Castro comes into this matchup batting .257 with an OBP of .409. He has 9 hits this year along with 7 RBI in 35 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .371 with an OPS+ of 127. Miguel Sano is hitting .245 this season and he has an OBP of .393. He has collected 12 hits in 49 at bats while driving in 13 runs. He has an OPS+ of 184 and a slugging percentage of .612. The Twins as a unit have 112 base hits, including 25 doubles and 11 homers. Minnesota has walked 62 times this year and they have struck out on 113 occasions. They have had 108 men left on base and have an OPS of .704. They have scored 4.14 runs per game and totaled 58 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Indians/Twins MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Indians -197
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