Cleveland Indians vs Minnesota Twins Prediction, 9/12/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Cleveland Indians vs Minnesota Twins
Date: Saturday, September 12, 2020
Location: Target Field in Minneapolis, MN
Odds/Point Spread: Indians (-105) Twins (-105)
Jose Ramirez and the Cleveland Indians (26-18, 3rd in AL Central) go to Target Field on Saturday where they'll take on the Minnesota Twins (27-18, 2nd in AL Central). The line on this matchup has the Indians coming in at -105 and the Twins are at -105. The over/under opens at 8.5. The men taking the mound will be Zach Plesac and Rich Hill.
Key Cleveland Indians Injuries
9/9/2020 Jefry Rodriguez SP Shoulder Out for the season
Key Minnesota Twins Injuries
9/11/2020 Luis Arraez 2B Knee Expected to be out until at least Sep 19
9/9/2020 Jake Odorizzi SP Abdomen Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
9/8/2020 Jorge Alcala RP Leg Probable for Sep 11
9/6/2020 Homer Bailey SP Biceps Expected to be out until at least Sep 18
9/5/2020 Alex Avila C Back Expected to be out until at least Sep 18
9/4/2020 Max Kepler RF Groin Expected to be out until at least Sep 13
8/31/2020 Mitch Garver C Side Expected to be out until at least Sep 19
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Indians have a 26-18 overall record this season. Plesac (11-7 career win-loss record) holds a FIP of 4.47 while he has faced 601 batters during his time in the major leagues. His ERA is 3.26 (54 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.119. He has allowed 125 hits (7.5 hits per nine innings) with 42 walks. Plesac has pitched in 149 innings and is sitting with 122 punchouts in his career. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.36 and they have given up 112 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .198 against the bullpen and they've struck out 148 hitters and walked 44 batters. As a team, Cleveland allows 7.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 10.1 batters per nine innings. They are 2nd in the league in team earned run average at 3.03. The Indians pitchers collectively have given up 321 base hits and 133 earned runs. They have allowed 45 home runs this season, ranking them 27th in the league. Cleveland as a pitching staff has walked 109 batters and struck out 445. They have walked 2.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 10.1 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.09 and their FIP as a unit is 3.37.
As a team Cleveland is hitting .225, good for 27th in the league. The Indians hold a .362 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .318, which is good for 22nd in baseball. They rank 25th in MLB with 7.4 hits per game. Jose Ramirez is hitting .245 with an on-base percentage of .349. He has 39 hits this season in 159 at bats with 26 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .472 and an OPS+ of 118. Franmil Reyes is hitting .306 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .371. He has totaled 48 hits and he has driven in 25 men in 157 at bats. His OPS+ is 133 while his slugging percentage is at .510. The Indians have 324 hits, including 62 doubles and 43 home runs. Cleveland has walked 178 times so far this season and they have struck out 383 times as a unit. They have left 303 men on base and have a team OPS of .680. They score 4.07 runs per contest and have scored a total of 179 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
In his MLB career, Hill has surrendered 794 base knocks while he has tallied 1,019 punchouts in 958 frames. He has given up a total of 407 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.228 and being the owner of a FIP of 4.0. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.66 and he has gone up against 4,024 opposing hitters thus far in his career. Hill (66-43 career mark) has a 3.82 ERA and has surrendered 7.5 hits per nine innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.72 and they have given up 165 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .225 against the Twins bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 204 batters and walked 58 opposing hitters. As a team, Minnesota allows 7.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.4 batters per nine innings. They are 5th in the league in team earned run average at 3.72. The Twins pitchers as a team have surrendered 335 base knocks and 157 earned runs this season. They have given up 50 home runs this year, which ranks 24th in Major League Baseball. Minnesota as a staff has walked 128 hitters and struck out 397 batters. They give up a walk 3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.22 while their FIP as a staff is 3.91.
As a team, they are batting .247, good for 15th in the league. The Twins hold a .419 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .320, which is good for 19th in baseball. They rank 17th in MLB with 8.0 hits per contest. Miguel Sano comes into this matchup batting .241 with an OBP of .329. He has 33 hits this year along with 21 RBI in 137 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .547 with an OPS+ of 136. Byron Buxton is hitting .241 this season and he has an OBP of .244. He has collected 21 hits in 87 at bats while driving in 15 runs. He has an OPS+ of 91 and a slugging percentage of .471. The Twins as a unit have 359 base hits, including 56 doubles and 63 homers. Minnesota has walked 141 times this year and they have struck out on 380 occasions. They have had 289 men left on base and have an OPS of .739. They have scored 4.53 runs per game and totaled 204 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Indians/Twins MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Indians (-105)
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