Minnesota Twins vs Cleveland Indians Prediction, 8/26/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Twins vs Cleveland Indians
Date: Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Location: Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Twins (-117) Indians (+107)
Progressive Field is the site where Jose Ramirez and the Cleveland Indians (17-12, 3rd in AL Central) will take on the Minnesota Twins (20-10, 1st in AL Central) on Wednesday. The Twins open this game at -117 while the Indians are priced at +107. The O/U opens at 8.5. The pitchers who are expected to start are Jose Berrios and Mike Clevinger.
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 Jake Odorizzi SP Abdomen 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
8/20/2020 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
No key injuries to report
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Twins have a 20-10 overall record this season. Berrios (45-37 career record) is the owner of a FIP of 4.13 while he has faced 2,667 batters in the major leagues. His ERA is 4.23 (295 earned runs allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.268. He has given up 586 base knocks (8.4 hits per nine innings) and has had 209 free passes. Berrios has pitched in 627 innings and has accumulated 618 strikeouts in his career. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.40 and they have given up 115 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .219 against the bullpen and they've struck out 144 hitters and walked 40 batters. As a team, Minnesota allows 7.6 hits per nine innings while striking out 9 batters per nine innings. They are 4th in the league in team earned run average at 3.43. The Twins pitchers collectively have given up 222 base hits and 100 earned runs. They have allowed 38 home runs this season, ranking them 10th in the league. Minnesota as a pitching staff has walked 83 batters and struck out 262. They have walked 2.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.16 and their FIP as a unit is 4.06.
As a team Minnesota is hitting .245, good for 15th in the league. The Twins hold a .419 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .323, which is good for 17th in baseball. They rank 18th in MLB with 8.0 hits per game. Nelson Cruz is hitting .340 with an on-base percentage of .429. He has 35 hits this season in 103 at bats with 27 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .699 and an OPS+ of 206. Miguel Sano is hitting .241 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .333. He has totaled 21 hits and he has driven in 14 men in 87 at bats. His OPS+ is 143 while his slugging percentage is at .563. The Twins have 241 hits, including 37 doubles and 44 home runs. Minnesota has walked 104 times so far this season and they have struck out 262 times as a unit. They have left 197 men on base and have a team OPS of .742. They score 4.77 runs per contest and have scored a total of 143 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Clevinger (42-22 career record) has a 3.20 ERA and has conceded 7.2 hits per 9 innings. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.85 and he has faced 2,112 hitters so far in his pro baseball career. In his career, Clevinger has conceded 414 base hits while he has tallied 578 K's in 517 frames. He has conceded 184 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.193 and a FIP of 3.6. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.64 and they have given up 64 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .179 against the Indians bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 107 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 200 base knocks and 83 earned runs this season. They have given up 33 home runs this year, which ranks 23rd in Major League Baseball. Cleveland as a staff has walked 67 hitters and struck out 308 batters. They give up a walk 2.3 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 3.34.
As a team, they are batting .213, good for 28th in the league. The Indians hold a .339 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .315, which is good for 20th in baseball. They rank 28th in MLB with 6.9 hits per contest. Jose Ramirez comes into this matchup batting .230 with an OBP of .328. He has 26 hits this year along with 18 RBI in 113 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .434 with an OPS+ of 103. Carlos Santana is hitting .208 this season and he has an OBP of .389. He has collected 20 hits in 96 at bats while driving in 14 runs. He has an OPS+ of 96 and a slugging percentage of .323. The Indians as a unit have 200 base hits, including 37 doubles and 26 homers. Cleveland has walked 125 times this year and they have struck out on 264 occasions. They have had 206 men left on base and have an OPS of .654. They have scored 3.93 runs per game and totaled 114 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Twins/Indians MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Twins (-117)
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