Minnesota Twins vs Cleveland Indians Prediction, 9/9/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Twins vs Cleveland Indians
Date: Thursday, September 9, 2021
Location: Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH
TV: SportsTime Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota (+100) Cleveland (-125)
Progressive Field is the site where Cal Quantrill and the Cleveland Indians (68-68, 2nd in AL Central) will play the Minnesota Twins (61-77, 5th in AL Central) on Thursday. The moneyline on this game has the Twins coming in at +100 and the Indians are at -125. The over/under opens at 9. The starting pitchers will be Randy Dobnak and Cal Quantrill.
As a squad, the Minnesota Twins are putting up 4.5 runs per game, which has them sitting at 14th in baseball. They have earned 623 runs scored and hold an on-base percentage of .317. The Twins have accounted for 228 doubles as a unit and have knocked 192 baseballs out of the park. They have tallied 587 runs batted in as well as 1,124 hits so far this year, while their team batting average is .242. Minnesota has a slugging % of .422 and have been rung up 1,195 times, while drawing a walk on 463 occasions.
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The Twins have an ERA of 4.94 this year (27th in MLB), and the staff has rung up 1,121 hitters. They have earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.72 and their pitching staff has a collective WHIP of 1.33. Twins pitchers have relinquished 210 home runs and 728 total runs (28th in MLB). Their pitching staff has walked 412 opposing hitters and their FIP sits at 4.71 as a squad so far this year.
Twins relief pitchers have gone to the mound with runners on base 108 times and also have had 151 appearances in high leverage situations. The bullpen are sitting with 74 holds so far this season (10th in the league). The Twins bullpen have accumulated a save rate of 64.8% and has stepped onto the mound in 128 save situations. They have recorded 35 saves for the year and have not converted 19 out of their 54 chances to get a save. The relievers have inherited 143 runners on the season and 46.2% of those runners crossed the plate. The Twins have dispatched 442 relief pitchers to the hill so far this year.
The Minnesota Twins have accounted for 3,600 putouts at this point in the season, as well as 1,221 assists and 96 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding steady at .980 which puts them in 29th in MLB, and they have turned 896 double plays. The Twins have converted 69.1% of balls in play into outs out of their 10,800 innings on the diamond, which ranks them 21st in professional baseball.
Dobnak has taken the mound for 125 innings and has accounted for 77 punch outs thus far in his career. His ERA is 4.94 (69 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.377. He has allowed 143 base knocks (10.2 hits per nine innings) and has 30 free passes. Dobnak (9-12 win-loss record in his career) sits with a FIP of 4.42 while he has gone up against 546 batters in the major leagues.
The Indians hold a team SLG% of .411 and they tally 4.46 runs per game (17th in the league). They have put up 210 two-baggers, while getting a free base 396 times and earning 606 runs. Cleveland has accounted for 176 home runs this season as well as 582 RBIs. They have struck out on 1,166 occasions (22nd in MLB) and have recorded 1,077 base hits. The Cleveland Indians have tallied an on-base percentage of .306 and a batting average of .239 this season.
The Indians hold a team WHIP of 1.291 and have a FIP of 4.38 as a team on the season. Their K/BB ratio comes in at 2.62 (1,209 strikeouts against 462 bases on balls). They are sitting at 11th in the league as a staff in total hits allowed with 1,075. They have surrendered 178 long balls and they concede 4.65 runs per 9 innings (15th in the league). The Cleveland pitching staff have yielded 616 runs for the season while having an ERA of 4.35 (576 earned runs relinquished).
Sitting with 117 save situations, the Indians have 61 holds and 17 blown saves. Cleveland has had relief pitchers enter the contest in 53 save opportunities and they have come away with 36 saves. Their bullpen pitchers have come in 152 times in high leverage situations and also on 128 occasions with base runners. Cleveland bullpen pitchers have an inherited score percentage of 36.5% out of their 178 inherited runners. They are currently ranked 3rd in baseball with a save rate of 67.9%, and they have sent 456 relievers to the hill so far this season.
The Cleveland Indians have turned 111 double plays and have notched a fielding percentage of .985 (15th in pro baseball). The Indians have accrued 1,187 assists, 73 errors and are sitting with 3,546 putouts for the season. Out of their 10,638 innings on the diamond, the Indians have a defensive efficiency of 70.1% (8th in professional baseball).
So far in his MLB career, Quantrill has allowed 247 base hits while he has accumulated 221 strikeouts in 257 innings pitched. He has given up 110 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.254 and having a FIP of 4.2. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.91 and he has gone up against 1,091 opposing hitters in his career. Quantrill (12-11 career mark) has earned a 3.84 earned run average while surrendering 8.6 hits per nine innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Cleveland (-125)
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