Cleveland Indians at Minnesota Twins Expert MLB Picks 8/8/2019
Thursday, August 8, 2019
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Probable Pitchers: Mike Clevinger vs. Kyle Gibson
Carlos Santana and the Cleveland Indians (66-46, 2nd in AL Central) head to Target Field on Thursday where they'll take on the Minnesota Twins (70-43, 1st in AL Central).
The Indians have been an excellent option for wagerers, having gone 66-46-0 SU. Minnesota is covering 62.0% of the time, going 70-43-0 straight up.
Valuable Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Indians have been a very good Under bet for O/U bettors, having gone 48-60-4.
Cleveland is covering 57.7% of the time on the road, having gone 30-22-0 straight up.
Important Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Twins cover 61.4% of the time at Target Field, going 35-22-0 SU.
The Twins have been a pretty good Over bet for O/U bettors, having gone 58-50-5.
Key Cleveland Indians Injuries
8/6/2019 Jordan Luplow RF Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Aug 16
8/5/2019 Danny Salazar SP Groin Expected to be out until at least Aug 12
8/4/2019 Bradley Zimmer CF Side Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
8/4/2019 Carlos Carrasco SP Illness Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
8/4/2019 Dan Otero RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 15
8/4/2019 Jefry Rodriguez SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 28
8/4/2019 Corey Kluber SP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Aug 18
8/2/2019 Tyler Olson RP Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Aug 11
7/13/2019 Christian Arroyo 3B Elbow Expected to be out until at least Aug 12
7/12/2019 Cody Anderson RP Elbow Out for the season
Key Minnesota Twins Injuries
8/6/2019 Willians Astudillo C Oblique Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
8/4/2019 Sam Dyson RP Biceps Expected to be out until at least Aug 15
8/3/2019 Byron Buxton CF Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 3
8/3/2019 Michael Pineda SP Triceps Expected to be out until at least Aug 15
7/24/2019 LaMonte Wade RF Thumb Expected to be out until at least Aug 13
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Indians have a 66-46 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Mike Clevinger has a 6-2 record with an earned run average of 3.07 and a WHIP of 1.06 this season. He has 80 strikeouts over his 55.2 innings pitched and he's given up 40 hits. He's allowed 6.5 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 2.82. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.29 and they have given up 317 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .236 against the bullpen and they've struck out 357 hitters and walked 112 batters. As a team, Cleveland allows 7.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.5 batters per nine innings. They are 3rd in the league in team earned run average at 3.7. The Indians pitchers collectively have given up 879 base hits and 409 earned runs. They have allowed 141 home runs this season, ranking them 25th in the league. Cleveland as a pitching staff has walked 315 batters and struck out 1,052. They have walked 2.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.20 and their FIP as a unit is 4.05.
As a team Cleveland is hitting .250, good for 17th in the league. The Indians hold a .430 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .322, which is good for 18th in baseball. They rank 22nd in MLB with 8.3 hits per game. Carlos Santana is hitting .281 with an on-base percentage of .403. He has 110 hits this season in 391 at bats with 63 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .524 and an OPS+ of 139. Francisco Lindor is hitting .304 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .354. He has totaled 118 hits and he has driven in 48 men in 388 at bats. His OPS+ is 126 while his slugging percentage is at .531. The Indians have 934 hits, including 195 doubles and 151 home runs. Cleveland has walked 385 times so far this season and they have struck out 908 times as a unit. They have left 749 men on base and have a team OPS of .752. They score 4.64 runs per contest and have scored a total of 520 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Minnesota has a 70-43 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 4.02, Kyle Gibson has a 11-4 record and a 1.25 WHIP. He has 124 strikeouts over the 123 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 119 hits. He's allowing 8.7 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.45 and they have given up 385 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .256 against the Twins bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 401 batters and walked 137 opposing hitters. As a team, Minnesota allows 8.7 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.8 batters per nine innings. They are 7th in the league in team earned run average at 4.07. The Twins pitchers as a team have surrendered 986 base knocks and 463 earned runs this season. They have given up 141 home runs this year, which ranks 24th in Major League Baseball. Minnesota as a staff has walked 317 hitters and struck out 998 batters. They give up a walk 2.8 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.27 while their FIP as a staff is 4.11.
As a team, they are batting .270, good for 4th in the league. The Twins hold a .501 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .336, which is good for 6th in baseball. They rank 2nd in MLB with 9.5 hits per contest. Jorge Polanco comes into this matchup batting .295 with an OBP of .356. He has 132 hits this year along with 55 RBI in 447 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .499 with an OPS+ of 123. Jonathan Schoop is hitting .253 this season and he has an OBP of .303. He has collected 84 hits in 332 at bats while driving in 44 runs. He has an OPS+ of 97 and a slugging percentage of .455. The Twins as a unit have 1,079 base hits, including 227 doubles and 223 homers. Minnesota has walked 357 times this year and they have struck out on 912 occasions. They have had 767 men left on base and have an OPS of .837. They have scored 5.79 runs per game and totaled 654 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Indians/Twins MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Twins
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