The MLB will be filled with a total of fifteen games as all 30 teams play on Wednesday. This amount of action should help lead to plenty of great games to keep an eye on. One of the matchups on the board will be between AL Central Division rivals in the Minnesota Twins and the Cleveland Indians. This game is expected to start at around 7:10 PM Eastern time.
The Twins are off to an extremely strong start to this season, putting up a record of 40-19. This has Minnesota in the first place of the AL Central. The Twins have been red hot as of late, winning ten of their last thirteen games. Minnesota will look to build upon this winning streak with a big victory in the second game of their series against the Indians.
Cleveland is currently in second place of the AL Central with a record of 30-30 to this point in the season. With last nights victory, the Indians took a one-game lead over the Chicago White Sox for second place in the division. Cleveland will look to continue to build off of their last win as they try and take two in a row against the division-leading Twins.
These are the top two teams in the AL Central, but ten wins still separate the two clubs. The Indians could really use a sweep against Minnesota as they try to inch a little bit closer to catching the Twins in the division. This should help lead to a good game between the two squads on Wednesday night.
These two teams had one three-game series before this one, when they met up in Minnesota to kick off their respective seasons. The first game of the season was a tight one as neither team scored in the first six innings. In the seventh though, Marwin Gonzalez had a two-run double to give the Twins the lead and the 2-0 win.
The second game of the series was another exciting matchup. Hanley Ramirez hit a home run in the top of the fourth to give the Indians a lead, but Nelson Cruz was able to bring Jorge Polanco home to tie it up. It took until the top of the ninth when Greg Allen hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Carlos Santana for the tie to be broken. Cleveland finished with a 2-1 win on the road.
After two nail biters to open up the season, the third game wasn’t quite as close. Carlos Santana had a strong night, bringing in three runs, but it was not enough. Nelson Cruz, Willians Astudillo, and Byron Buxton all had two runs batted in to help give the Twins the win. Minnesota finished with a 9-3 win at home to take the first series.
The first game of this series was last night as the Twins got it started on a Marwin Gonzalez home run. Francisco Lindor had a home run in the bottom of the third to tie it up. Lindor then gave the Indians the lead with another home run in the bottom of the fifth. Eddie Rosario had a home run in the top of the sixth, but Roberto Perez and Jake Bauers put it away each with their own home runs as Cleveland won 5-2 at home.
These two teams have gone 2-2 against each other this season. They have both put up good performances. Last night’s game saw both teams hitting well as they combined for seven home runs and eleven hits. I expect them to continue to keep up their stretch of tight games with another strong game on Wednesday night.
Martin Perez will likely get the start on the mound for Minnesota on Wednesday night. Perez has been off to a strong start this season. He has averaged put up a 3.71 ERA and a WHIP of about 1.401. Perez has a record of 7-2 in twelve games this season, while getting around 8.8 strikeouts per nine innings. Perez’s last game was rough, allowing six runs in less than three innings. He will look to bounce back on Wednesday.
Carlos Carrasco will be the starting pitcher for the Indians on Wednesday. Carrasco has put up a record of 4-6 this season in twelve starts. He has an ERA of 4.98 with a WHIP of around 1.308. Carrasco has been averaging around 10.9 strikeouts per nine innings, which is an improvement on Perez’s numbers. Carrasco is coming off a rough performance as well, allowing ten hits and six runs in about six innings against the Chicago White Sox.
These two pitchers are both trying to bounce back from a poor performance in their last games. Perez has put up a much better ERA this season, but Carrasco has been better at getting the strikeouts. These two pitchers will go head to head as they try to get a win. I believe that they will both bounce back and put up good nights on Wednesday.
The Indians are trying to build off of last night’s strong four home run performance, but I do not believe that they will. Minnesota has been a great team this season by being able to bounce back and I think that they will do just that. If the Twins can get a good night from their pitcher, it should help give them a big edge as they try to win one on the road.
BetOnline has Cleveland listed as a -138 against the money line. I believe that this number is a bit too big as it implies that the Indians will win this game around 58 percent of the time. I like the Twins as this big of underdogs. Minnesota has been a great team this season and I believe that Perez will put up a good performance to help the Twins get a bounce-back win.