For the third time in the last week, we couldn’t get one more run beyond 6 innings to give us a win. Fortunately enough, all it resulted in was a push, but it is a bit frustrating regardless. The Indians were the aggressors last night, sending a big message to the rest of the majors that they are here and not going anywhere. It wasn’t just a win, the Indians handled the Red Sox and showed off all their muscles. From the offense, starting pitching, and bullpen, they all played considerably well.
On Tuesday we head to Minnesota where the Red Sox are going as well. Last night was just a make-up for a previously cancelled game, so they played once and moved on instead of a series. The Indians hope to ride last night right into Tuesday. It’s another crucial matchup for both squads, with the Indians looking to put some more space between them and the rest of the division, while the Twins are searching for a wildcard. They find themselves on the edge of the postseason, as they’re 0.5 games behind the Angels. The Royals are also 0.5 back.
The Twins are still in the hunt for the American League Central, too. If they can make good against the Indians here, they will inch closer to catching them. At the moment, though, they are just out of arms reach by 5 games. The more realistic scenario is focusing on winning a wildcard, which is right there in front of them. The Tribe got a reasonably solid start out of Bauer last night, just about as good as you can hope for at Fenway. They will turn to Danny Salazar who has been red hot since returning a few weeks ago. Bartolo Colon will counter for the Twins. Get our free Indians vs. Twins pick below.
Cleveland Indians vs. Minnesota Twins Pick
Danny Salazar (4-5, 4.15 ERA) vs. Bartolo Colon (4-9, 6.77 ERA)
The Indians showed off their dominant bullpen once again last night. In a battle of the top two bullpens in the majors, the Indians got the better of the Red Sox in that respect. After Bauer allowed his 3rd run of the evening, there wasn’t anything after that as they played no-run baseball from 5th inning. The Tribe are 1st in the majors with an ERA of 2.99 out of the pen. Salazar will seek another lights out start tonight. He’s allowed just 2 runs in his last two starts, and 4 in total since returning on July 22th. Overall, he’s posted an impressive 1.96 ERA in his last three showings on the bump.
The Twins acquired Colon from the Braves in July and have been getting mixed results out of him. If you look at his last start, you’d think all is going great. He didn’t allow a run across 7 innings of work against the Brewers. However, in his previous four starts as a Twin, he gave up 14 runs and an average of around 8.5 hits. In his first two starts in Minnesota, he was hit for a 5.54 ERA in 13 innings. I like Salazar and the Indians to flex again tonight and dispatch the Twins on Tuesday night.
PICK: INDIANS -1.5 (-110)