Minnesota Twins vs Cleveland Indians Prediction, 8/24/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Twins vs Cleveland Indians
Date: Monday, August 24, 2020
Location: Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Twins (-106) Indians (-104)
Franmil Reyes and the Cleveland Indians (17-11, 3rd in AL Central) play the Minnesota Twins (18-10, 1st in AL Central) at Progressive Field on Monday. The odds on this matchup have the Twins priced at -106 and the Indians are at -104. The total is set at 9. The pitchers who are expected to start will be Kenta Maeda and Aaron Civale.
Key Minnesota Twins Injuries
8/22/2020 Zack Littell RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 4
8/22/2020 Homer Bailey SP Biceps Expected to be out until at least Sep 13
8/22/2020 Jake Odorizzi SP Abdomen Expected to be out until at least Sep 4
8/20/2020 Mitch Garver C Side Expected to be out until at least Aug 31
8/20/2020 Byron Buxton CF Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 31
8/20/2020 Josh Donaldson 3B Calf Expected to be out until at least Aug 28
8/19/2020 Cody Stashak RP Back Expected to be out until at least Aug 27
Key Cleveland Indians Injuries
8/23/2020 Delino DeShields CF Hip Expected to be out until at least Aug 24
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Twins have a 18-10 overall record this season. Maeda has thrown 620 innings and is sitting with 674 K's so far in his career. His ERA is 3.79 (261 earned runs allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.125. He has surrendered 514 hits (7.5 hits per 9 innings) and has had 184 free passes. Maeda (50-35 mark in his career) has a FIP of 3.68 while he has faced 2,544 opposing hitters in the majors. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.34 and they have given up 100 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .212 against the bullpen and they've struck out 129 hitters and walked 37 batters. As a team, Minnesota allows 7.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.8 batters per nine innings. They are 4th in the league in team earned run average at 3.46. The Twins pitchers collectively have given up 201 base hits and 94 earned runs. They have allowed 37 home runs this season, ranking them 9th in the league. Minnesota as a pitching staff has walked 78 batters and struck out 238. They have walked 2.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.14 and their FIP as a unit is 4.22.
As a team Minnesota is hitting .241, good for 18th in the league. The Twins hold a .412 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .321, which is good for 15th in baseball. They rank 18th in MLB with 7.9 hits per game. Eddie Rosario is hitting .230 with an on-base percentage of .300. He has 23 hits this season in 100 at bats with 22 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .470 and an OPS+ of 109. Max Kepler is hitting .226 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .342. He has totaled 21 hits and he has driven in 16 men in 93 at bats. His OPS+ is 123 while his slugging percentage is at .473. The Twins have 220 hits, including 31 doubles and 41 home runs. Minnesota has walked 98 times so far this season and they have struck out 246 times as a unit. They have left 181 men on base and have a team OPS of .734. They score 4.82 runs per contest and have scored a total of 135 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Cleveland has a 17-11 overall mark this year. So far in his career, Civale has surrendered 74 hits while totaling 78 strikeouts in 91 innings pitched. He has allowed 26 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.020 and a FIP of 3.1. He has a SO/W ratio of 4.11 and he has gone up against 359 hitters in his MLB career. Civale (6-6 career mark) has earned a 2.57 earned run average while giving up 7.3 hits per 9 innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.59 and they have given up 57 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .176 against the Indians bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 100 batters and walked 22 opposing hitters. As a team, Cleveland allows 6.7 hits per nine innings while striking out 10.8 batters per nine innings. They are 2nd in the league in team earned run average at 2.73. The Indians pitchers as a team have surrendered 179 base knocks and 73 earned runs this season. They have given up 28 home runs this year, which ranks 27th in Major League Baseball. Cleveland as a staff has walked 61 hitters and struck out 289 batters. They give up a walk 2.3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 10.8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.00 while their FIP as a staff is 3.19.
As a team, they are batting .210, good for 29th in the league. The Indians hold a .332 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .317, which is good for 19th in baseball. They rank 28th in MLB with 6.7 hits per contest. Franmil Reyes comes into this matchup batting .305 with an OBP of .362. He has 29 hits this year along with 18 RBI in 95 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .526 with an OPS+ of 135. Francisco Lindor is hitting .252 this season and he has an OBP of .308. He has collected 28 hits in 111 at bats while driving in 13 runs. He has an OPS+ of 92 and a slugging percentage of .414. The Indians as a unit have 182 base hits, including 33 doubles and 23 homers. Cleveland has walked 121 times this year and they have struck out on 237 occasions. They have had 188 men left on base and have an OPS of .649. They have scored 4 runs per game and totaled 108 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Twins/Indians MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Indians (-104)
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