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Cleveland Indians vs. Minnesota Twins Pick and Betting Odds

Cleveland Indians vs. Minnesota Twins Prediction and Betting Odds. The 4-6 Cleveland Indians are set to take on the 4-7 Minnesota Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota today April 19, 2015, first pitch is scheduled 2:10 PM

Wagering Odds

Moneylines: Indians -130 / Twins +110
O/U: 8.5 runs

Pitching Match Up

Cleveland: T.J. House (0-1, 40.50 ERA)

Minnesota: Trevor May (0-1, 8.44 ERA)

In their last games: In Game 2 of this 3 game series yesterday the Indians beat the Twins 4-2.

This is the rubber game in this 3 game series with the Twins winning Game 1 and the Indians winning Game 2. T.J. House is 0-1 and gets the starting nod for Cleveland and Trevor May is 0-1 and gets the start for Minnesota. The Indians open as a road favorite posted at -130 with the total sitting at 8.5 runs. The Twins had their 3-game winning streak snapped in yesterday’s loss to the Indians. They have big issues at the plate and on the mound so far in this young season ranking 27th in the Majors in runs scored and 30th in team ERA. Cleveland has won 2 of their last 3 games and while their offense has been struggling ranking 26th in runs scored their pitching has been decent ranking 13th in team ERA. The Indians have not scored more than 4 runs in any of their last 4 games.

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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

The Indians are 5-2 in their last 7 games against the Twins.

The Indians are 12-5 in their last 17 games against the Twins in Minnesota.

The Indians are 7-1 in House’s last 8 starts.

The Twins are 1-4 in May’s last 5 home starts.

This season the Twins are 3-2 at home and the Indians are 3-2 on the road.

STRAIGHT UP / OVER/UNDER / RUN LINE RECORDS

Cleveland Indians: 4-6 SU / O/U 3-7 / Run Line W/L 4-6
Minnesota Twins: 4-7 SU / O/U 5-6 / Run Line W/L 5-6

Cleveland at Minnesota Key Betting Trends

• CLE is 8-3 in their last 11 road games.
• CLE is 5-1 in their last 6 road games vs. a right-handed starter.
• CLE has an Under record of 5-0 in their last 5 road games.
• MINN is 5-2 in their last 7 home games.
• MINN is 9-20 in their last 29 games as a home underdog.
• MINN has an Over record of 21-7-1 in their last 29 home games.

Key Player Injuries

INDIANS

04/15/15 Carlos Carrasco SP Jaw Questionable for April 20 start at Chicago White Sox
04/12/15 Yan Gomes C Knee 15-day DL. Out until at least late April
04/10/15 Josh Tomlin SP Shoulder 60-day DL. Out until at least mid-July
04/07/15 Gavin Floyd SP Elbow 60-day DL. Likely out for season
04/07/15 Nick Swisher 1B Knees 15-day DL. Out until at least mid-April
04/07/15 Zach Walters LF Oblique 15-day DL. Out until at least mid-April

TWINS

04/17/15 Brian Duensing RP Intercostal 15-day DL. Out until at least mid-May
04/11/15 Ricky Nolasco SP Elbow 15-day DL. Out until at least late April
04/07/15 Ervin Santana SP Suspension 80-game suspension. Out until at least early July

Free MLB Prediction

May was shelled in his first outing of the season giving up 5 runs in 5 innings of work and last season he faced the Indians at home and took a loss after giving up 7 runs in only 4 innings. However, he did pitch well in a win over the Indians in Cleveland last season. House ended last season en fuego with an ERA of only 1.45 and went 3-0 in his last 5 starts. However, he had a less than stellar outing in his first start this season when he gave up 6 runs and walked 4 after getting yanked in the 2nd inning.

Hard to believe I am still going with the Indians with a pitcher in House that has an ERA of 40.50! The reason is the Cleveland bats will get to May and House has had success of the Twins as of late. He has only allowed 2 runs with 18 strikeouts in going 3-0 in his last 3 outings against Minnesota. I don’t think this game will be a pitcher’s duel, but the Indians will get the W and take this series.

Take the INDIANS

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