Cleveland Indians vs Minnesota Twins Predictions, MLB Picks, Betting Tips 8/1/2020
Game: Cleveland Indians vs Minnesota Twins
Date: Saturday, August 1, 2020
Location: Target Field in Minneapolis, MN
Odds/Point Spread: Indians (+105) Twins (-120)
Francisco Lindor and the Cleveland Indians (5-2, 1st in AL Central) head to Target Field on Saturday where they'll take on the Minnesota Twins (4-2, 2nd in AL Central). The Twins open this matchup at -120 while the Indians are priced at +105. The over/under opens at 9. The pitchers expected to start will be Carlos Carrasco and Kenta Maeda.
Key Cleveland Indians Injuries
7/29/2020 Roberto Perez C Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 11
7/28/2020 Delino DeShields CF Illness Expected to be out until at least Aug 3
7/25/2020 Tyler Naquin RF Toe Expected to be out until at least Aug 7
Key Minnesota Twins Injuries
7/31/2020 Lewis Thorpe RP Leg Probable for Jul 31
7/30/2020 Jake Odorizzi SP Back Expected to be out until at least Aug 5
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Indians have a 5-2 overall record this season. Carrasco (86-69 record in his career) sits with a FIP of 3.46 while he has faced 4,859 opposing batters in the majors. His ERA is 3.81 (500 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.195. He has surrendered 1,115 hits (8.5 hits per 9 innings) with 295 walks. Carrasco has taken the hill for 1,180 innings and has 1,233 K's in his career. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.65 and they have given up 11 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .155 against the bullpen and they've struck out 19 hitters and walked 5 batters. As a team, Cleveland allows 5.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 12.1 batters per nine innings. They are 1st in the league in team earned run average at 1.83. The Indians pitchers collectively have given up 42 base hits and 13 earned runs. They have allowed 5 home runs this season, ranking them 22nd in the league. Cleveland as a pitching staff has walked 8 batters and struck out 86. They have walked 1.1 men per 9 innings while striking out 12.1 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 0.78 and their FIP as a unit is 2.02.
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As a team Cleveland is hitting .230, good for 14th in the league. The Indians hold a .341 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .328, which is good for 11th in baseball. They rank 21st in MLB with 7.1 hits per game. Francisco Lindor is hitting .207 with an on-base percentage of .233. He has 6 hits this season in 29 at bats with 6 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .483 and an OPS+ of 91. Carlos Santana is hitting .286 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .464. He has totaled 6 hits and he has driven in 2 men in 21 at bats. His OPS+ is 151 while his slugging percentage is at .429. The Indians have 50 hits, including 6 doubles and 6 home runs. Cleveland has walked 26 times so far this season and they have struck out 56 times as a unit. They have left 46 men on base and have a team OPS of .669. They score 3.43 runs per contest and have scored a total of 24 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Minnesota has a 4-2 overall mark this year. Thus far in his career, Maeda has surrendered 504 base knocks and he has 647 punchouts in 594 innings. He has surrendered a total of 255 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.150 and having a FIP of 3.7. He has a SO/W ratio of 3.61 and he has gone up against 2,449 batters so far in his MLB career. Maeda (48-35 win-loss record in his career) has earned a 3.86 earned run average while giving up 7.6 hits per nine innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.60 and they have given up 23 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .219 against the Twins bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 32 batters and walked 11 opposing hitters. As a team, Minnesota allows 7.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.2 batters per nine innings. They are 11th in the league in team earned run average at 3.74. The Twins pitchers as a team have surrendered 46 base knocks and 22 earned runs this season. They have given up 10 home runs this year, which ranks 7th in Major League Baseball. Minnesota as a staff has walked 20 hitters and struck out 54 batters. They give up a walk 3.4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.25 while their FIP as a staff is 4.74.
As a team, they are batting .225, good for 18th in the league. The Twins hold a .400 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .286, which is good for 23rd in baseball. They rank 18th in MLB with 7.5 hits per contest. Luis Arraez comes into this matchup batting .389 with an OBP of .421. He has 7 hits this year along with 3 RBI in 18 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .389 with an OPS+ of 135. Nelson Cruz is hitting .333 this season and he has an OBP of .360. He has collected 8 hits in 24 at bats while driving in 11 runs. He has an OPS+ of 226 and a slugging percentage of .833. The Twins as a unit have 45 base hits, including 5 doubles and 10 homers. Minnesota has walked 15 times this year and they have struck out on 52 occasions. They have had 28 men left on base and have an OPS of .686. They have scored 6 runs per game and totaled 36 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Indians/Twins MLB game against the spread?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take the Twins (-120) and over the total runs
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