The Cleveland Indians look to get their season on track, as they pay a visit to Minnesota for an early week series against the Twins. The Tribe have struggled to find traction after playing in the World Series last season. In what has been somewhat of a hangover, the Indians are 5-8 entering Monday.
They lost two of three against the Tigers, and go into Minnesota played a Twins team who are looking at redemption in 2017. The Twins have been irrelevant for several years now, but hope to pull a 2016 Indians. The Tribe were not favorites to win the AL Central, not by a long shot, so the Twins could play spoiler if they choose to play their cards right.
It’s not going to be likely, the Twins are still what I consider playing behind in the division. They’re 7-6 and I would say are probably going to be under .500 before long. The talent level on the Twins doesn’t exactly get me too excited, but the Indians didn’t do much for me either early in the year last season.
The rotation is dearly lacking in Minnesota. They aren’t going to make it too far with this outfit, at least in my opinion. The Indians had a flamethrower to put on the mound last season, Corey Kluber. The Twins are searching for a formidable pitching staff to help them out, but they’re probably at least a couple years out from competing in that sense. We got an easy winning pick on the diamond yesterday, let’s make it a repeat on Monday. Scroll down for our Indians vs. Twins pick.
Cleveland Indians vs. Minnesota Twins Pick
Danny Salazar (0-1, 4.63 ERA) vs. Kyle Gibson (0-1, 8.00 ERA)
It isn’t Kyle Gibson’s fault that the Twins haven’t been going anywhere relevant. However, he hasn’t exactly helped out, either. In what could have been a coming out party for him last season, he ended up faltering, failing to impress. Gibson was rocked for 5 runs in only 4 innings against the Tigers. He did nothing to show that he is capable of improving on his 5.07 ERA with that outing. That was his second start of the year, his first with much of the same results, with 3 runs allowed against KC in 5 innings. All in all, Gibson enters with an ERA of 8.00.
The Indians will go with Danny Salazar, a pitcher who has steadily been a consistent producer in the rotation. Not the best of starts for him, though, as he’s traversed two starts with an ERA of 4.63. Salazar was walloped for 6 runs this past August against the Twins, and then he followed it up with 4 hits and 3 runs allowed in only 4 innings of work in September. The Twins are no friend of his. The Indians made easy work of Gibson, though, as he allowed 10 runs in only 10.2 innings in 2016. A pick on the OVER in this matchup makes perfect sense.
PICK: OVER 8.5 (-110)