Minnesota Twins vs Cleveland Indians Prediction, 8/25/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Twins vs Cleveland Indians
Date: Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Location: Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Twins (+154) Indians (-167)
Carlos Santana and the Cleveland Indians (17-11, 2nd in AL Central) play the Minnesota Twins (19-10, 1st in AL Central) at Progressive Field on Tuesday. The Twins open this game at +154 while the Indians are priced at -167. The O/U has been set at 8. The expected starting pitchers are Rich Hill and Shane Bieber.
Key Minnesota Twins Injuries
8/23/2020 Tyler Clippard RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Aug 26
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 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
8/20/2020 Mitch Garver C Side Expected to be out until at least Aug 31
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 Probable for Aug 24
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Twins have a 19-10 overall record this season. Hill (66-43 career win-loss mark) holds a FIP of 3.99 while he has faced 3,968 opposing hitters during his time in the major leagues. His earned run average is 3.83 (402 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.226. He has surrendered 781 base hits (7.4 hits per nine innings) with 377 free passes. Hill has taken the mound for 944 innings and has earned 1,007 strikeouts during his career. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.44 and they have given up 108 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .213 against the bullpen and they've struck out 137 hitters and walked 40 batters. As a team, Minnesota allows 7.5 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 3.48. The Twins pitchers collectively have given up 210 base hits and 98 earned runs. They have allowed 37 home runs this season, ranking them 10th in the league. Minnesota as a pitching staff has walked 82 batters and struck out 248. They have walked 2.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.15 and their FIP as a unit is 4.15.
As a team Minnesota is hitting .245, good for 15th in the league. The Twins hold a .417 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .325, which is good for 13th in baseball. They rank 18th in MLB with 8.0 hits per game. Miguel Sano is hitting .241 with an on-base percentage of .337. He has 20 hits this season in 83 at bats with 12 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .542 and an OPS+ of 138. Nelson Cruz is hitting .343 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .435. He has totaled 34 hits and he has driven in 26 men in 99 at bats. His OPS+ is 205 while his slugging percentage is at .687. The Twins have 233 hits, including 35 doubles and 42 home runs. Minnesota has walked 103 times so far this season and they have struck out 252 times as a unit. They have left 192 men on base and have a team OPS of .742. They score 4.83 runs per contest and have scored a total of 140 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Thus far in his career, Bieber has conceded 341 hits while he has tallied 442 strikeouts in 369 frames. He has allowed a total of 141 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.111 and a FIP of 3.1. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 6.41 and he has faced 1,494 hitters in his career. Bieber (31-13 career win-loss record) holds a 3.44 ERA and has allowed 8.3 hits per 9 innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.73 and they have given up 63 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .181 against the Indians bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 105 batters and walked 26 opposing hitters. As a team, Cleveland allows 6.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 10.7 batters per nine innings. They are 2nd in the league in team earned run average at 2.88. The Indians pitchers as a team have surrendered 192 base knocks and 80 earned runs this season. They have given up 31 home runs this year, which ranks 25th in Major League Baseball. Cleveland as a staff has walked 66 hitters and struck out 298 batters. They give up a walk 2.4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 10.7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.03 while their FIP as a staff is 3.32.
As a team, they are batting .208, good for 29th in the league. The Indians hold a .335 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .315, which is good for 20th in baseball. They rank 29th in MLB with 6.7 hits per contest. Carlos Santana comes into this matchup batting .187 with an OBP of .380. He has 17 hits this year along with 13 RBI in 91 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .308 with an OPS+ of 90. Jose Ramirez is hitting .241 this season and he has an OBP of .341. He has collected 26 hits in 108 at bats while driving in 18 runs. He has an OPS+ of 112 and a slugging percentage of .454. The Indians as a unit have 188 base hits, including 35 doubles and 25 homers. Cleveland has walked 124 times this year and they have struck out on 250 occasions. They have had 195 men left on base and have an OPS of .650. They have scored 4 runs per game and totaled 112 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Twins/Indians MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Twins (+154)
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