Cleveland Indians vs Minnesota Twins Prediction, 9/15/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Cleveland Indians vs Minnesota Twins
Date: Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Location: Target Field in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Bally Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Cleveland (-105) Minnesota (-120)
Griffin Jax and the Minnesota Twins (63-81, 5th in AL Central) play the Cleveland Indians (69-72, 2nd in AL Central) at Target Field on Wednesday. The Indians open this contest at -105 while the Twins are priced at -120. The over/under has been set at 9. The pitchers taking the mound are Cal Quantrill and Griffin Jax.
Cleveland has a slugging percentage of .404 and have been called out on strikes 1,216 times, while drawing a walk on 410 occasions. They have accumulated 590 runs batted in and 1,094 hits this season, while their batting average comes in at .235. The Indians have recorded 212 two-baggers as a squad and have hit 179 baseballs out of the park. They have notched a total of 614 runs scored and have an OBP of .302. As a unit, the Cleveland Indians are putting up 4.4 runs per game, which is 19th in MLB.
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The Indians are sitting with a team ERA of 4.38 so far this year (18th in the league), and their staff has struck out 1,242 hitters. They have a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.60 and the pitching staff holds a collective WHIP of 1.29. Indians pitchers have surrendered 189 long balls and 644 runs in total (15th in the league). They have walked 477 hitters and their FIP comes in at 4.43 as a team on the season.
The Indians relief pitchers have compiled a save rate of 68.5% and stepped onto the hill in 119 save situations. The relievers have inherited 182 runners on the campaign with 37.4% of them crossed the plate. Indians bullpen pitchers have come into the game with runners on base 130 times in addition to having 150 appearances in high leverage situations. The Indians have dispatched 472 relief pitchers to the hill on the season. The bullpen have a total of 62 holds this season (23rd in the league). They have recorded 37 saves over the course of the season and have not converted 17 of their 54 save opportunities.
The Indians have converted 70.2% of baseballs in play into outs out of their 11,124 innings on the field, ranking them 7th in pro baseball. The Cleveland Indians have accounted for 3,708 putouts at this point in the season, as well as 1,236 assists and 81 errors. Their fielding percentage is currently at .984 which has them sitting 18th in pro baseball, and have earned 991 double plays.
Quantrill (13-11 career mark) has a FIP of 4.15 and he has faced 1,118 batters during his time in the majors. He has given up 251 hits (8.5 hits per 9 innings) with 78 free passes. His earned run average is 3.77 (111 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.240. Quantrill has thrown 265 innings and has racked up 226 K's in his pro baseball career.
The Minnesota Twins have earned an OBP of .315 and a team batting average of .241 on the season. They have been called out on strikes on 1,251 occasions (15th in baseball) and have totaled 1,168 base knocks. Minnesota has compiled 204 home runs on the season to go along with 612 RBIs. The Twins have a SLG% of .422 and they average 4.50 runs per contest (15th in MLB). They have hit 236 doubles, while getting a free base 478 times as well as racking up 648 runs.
The Minnesota pitching staff have given up 751 runs this year while having a team ERA of 4.88 (685 earned runs yielded). They have conceded 218 long balls and they relinquish 5.35 runs per 9 innings (27th in the league). The Twins hold a team WHIP of 1.318 and have a FIP of 4.69 as a squad this season. Their K/BB ratio is 2.72 (1,169 strikeouts against 430 bases on balls). They are sitting at 26th in baseball as a pitching staff in total hits relinquished with 1,236.
Minnesota has had relief pitchers take the mound in 56 save opportunities and they have tallied 36 saves. They are ranked 9th in baseball holding a save percentage of 64.3%, and they have sent 464 relievers to the mound for the season. Their relief pitchers have stepped onto the hill 161 times in high leverage situations in addition to 116 occasions with runners on. Minnesota relievers have an inherited score percentage of 45.1% out of their 153 inherited runners. With 131 save situations, the Twins have earned 75 holds in addition to 20 blown saves.
The Minnesota Twins have turned 127 double plays and have earned a fielding percentage of .981 (28th in baseball). The Twins have recorded 1,285 assists, 98 errors and have earned 3,793 putouts this season. In 11,379 innings on the diamond, the Twins are sitting with a defensive efficiency of 69.4% (20th in professional baseball).
During his pro baseball career, Jax has allowed 64 hits and he has 51 K's in 64 frames. He has given up a total of 48 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.368 and having a FIP of 6.4. He has a K/BB ratio of 2.13 and he has faced 282 opposing batters so far in his pro baseball career. Jax (3-3 career record) has a 6.72 earned run average while surrendering 9.0 hits per nine innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Minnesota (-120)
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