Minnesota Twins vs Cleveland Indians Prediction, 5/21/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Twins vs Cleveland Indians
Date: Friday, May 21, 2021
Location: Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH
TV: SportsTime Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota (+102) Cleveland (-122)
Progressive Field is the site where Triston McKenzie and the Cleveland Indians (23-18, 2nd in AL Central) will play the Minnesota Twins (14-27, 5th in AL Central) on Friday. The odds on this matchup have the Twins priced at +102 and the Indians are at -122. The O/U is set at 8.5. The pitchers taking the mound are Kenta Maeda and Triston McKenzie.
The Twins have hit 71 doubles as a team and have knocked 55 balls out of the park. Minnesota owns a slugging percentage of .424 and have struck out 349 times, while being walked on 124 occasions. As a team, the Minnesota Twins are scoring 4.6 runs per outing, which is 9th in baseball. They have compiled 175 runs batted in in addition to 334 base knocks for the season, and their team batting average comes in at .245. They have notched a total of 184 runs scored while holding a team on-base percentage of .314.
Twins pitchers have surrendered 62 long balls in addition to 215 runs in total (27th in MLB). Their pitching staff has walked 131 opposing hitters and their FIP is 4.80 as a team on the year. Their K/BB ratio is 2.56 and their pitching staff has a team WHIP of 1.35. The Twins are sitting with a team ERA of 4.91 over the course of the season (27th in MLB), and their staff has struck out 336 hitters.
The Twins relievers have earned a save rate of 46.2% and has come into the game in 32 save situations. The relief pitchers have inherited 54 runners for the year with 68.5% of those runners crossed home plate. Twins pitchers have stepped onto the hill with runners on base 36 times in addition to having 44 appearances in high leverage situations. The Twins have sent 128 relief pitchers to the mound on the campaign. The relief pitchers have 19 holds this year (19th in MLB). They have accumulated 6 saves over the course of the season and have missed out on 7 of their 13 chances to save the game.
The Twins have turned 69.3% of balls in play into outs out of their 3,135 innings on the diamond, which has them ranked 19th in pro baseball. The Minnesota Twins are sitting with 1,045 putouts this season, as well as 355 assists and 24 errors. Their fielding rate is currently at .983 which is 17th in professional baseball, and they have turned 261 double plays.
Maeda has taken the mound for 693 innings and has accounted for 754 punch outs so far in his MLB career. His earned run average is 3.83 (295 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.135. He has conceded 589 hits (7.6 hits per nine innings) and has 198 walks. Maeda (55-38 record in his career) has a FIP of 3.72 and he has faced 2,847 opposing hitters in the major leagues.
The Cleveland Indians have accounted for a team on-base percentage of .284 in addition to a batting average of .212 for the season. They have been rung up on 337 occasions (25th in the league) and have earned a total of 278 base knocks. Cleveland has tallied 51 home runs so far this year as well as 155 runs batted in. The Indians have a team slugging percentage of .386 and they are earning 4.08 runs per game (20th in baseball). They have put up 60 doubles, while getting a free base 124 times as well as putting up 163 runs.
The Cleveland pitching staff have given up 155 runs for the season while having a team ERA of 3.69 (145 earned runs conceded). They have surrendered 53 HR's and they allow 3.95 runs per 9 innings (7th in the league). The Indians are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.220 and have a FIP of 4.28 as a pitching staff this season. Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 2.63 (382 strikeouts against 145 walks). They come in at 3rd in the league as a pitching staff in total hits relinquished with 286.
With 31 save situations, the Indians have earned 16 holds and 2 blown saves. Cleveland has had relievers take the mound in 15 save opportunities and they have come away with 13 saves. Their relievers have stepped onto the mound 38 times in high leverage situations in addition to 33 occasions with runners on. Cleveland bullpen pitchers hold an inherited score percentage of 27.3% out of 44 inherited base runners. They are ranked 3rd in MLB with a save rate of 86.7%, and they have sent 122 bullpen pitchers onto the diamond over the course of the season.
In 3,183 innings on the field, the Indians have accumulated a efficiency on defense of 71.9% (6th in the majors). The Cleveland Indians have twisted 32 double plays and have earned a fielding percentage of .983 (15th in professional baseball). The Indians have 366 assists, 24 errors and have notched a total of 1,061 putouts so far this season.
So far in his pro baseball career, McKenzie has given up 42 hits and he has 82 strikeouts in 61 innings pitched. He has given up a total of 30 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.239 and being the owner of a FIP of 5.0. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.41 and he has faced 254 batters so far in his MLB career. McKenzie (3-3 win-loss record in his career) has earned a 4.40 ERA and has allowed 6.2 hits per nine innings.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Minnesota (+102)
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