Uh oh, Cleveland Indians. The Indians enter tonight on the heels of two losses in a row to the Minnesota Twins in a row. They were winnable games, as the Indians demanded a hefty -200 price in both matchups. Danny Salazar got ripped on Monday, and then Carlos Carrasco followed it up with another trash effort. Between both nights, the Indians have allowed 22 runs. Meanwhile, the Tigers picked up a win against the White Sox, pulling to within 3 games of the Indians. The last two games supposed to be a layup for the Indians but they botched the easy opportunity.
That is pretty well all the Twins can do at this point, spoiling other teams seasons. The Twins will look to give the Indians another big blow tonight against Trevor Bauer. The Tribe have been a subpar ball club in the last month, performing at a clip below .500.
The Tigers have gone 8-2 in their last ten games, compared to 4-6 for Cleveland. This is quickly becoming an interesting division. It’s all about getting hot at the right time, and the Indians have to hope they have another strong surge in them to carry them to the pennant and postseason. The Indians catch the often misaligned Tyler Duffey pitching for the Twins tonight. It would be a significant blow to the Indians if they can’t pull one win out against the Twins. Like I said before, we might have to look back at this series if they lose the division by a game or two.
The pressure is on, and thus far it’s been tough sledding for them. They have to realize they are up in the American League Central, when nobody thought they were going to be around in the picture. So, regardless of the struggles lately, they’ve been outperforming their original season projection. The Indians have sat still at the trade deadline, but they might regret not adding a bat to reinforce the offense. It hasn’t been an offensive problem exactly lately, but there are going to be 1 or 2-run losses on their horizon and an extra bat would have helped. The Indians really need to stop the bleeding tonight, we’ll see how it unfolds tonight.
Minnesota Twins vs. Cleveland Indians
Tyler Duffey (5-8, 6.12 ERA) vs. Trevor Bauer (7-4, 3.64 ERA)
Tyler Duffey presents another layup for the Indians. They need to bury him here and pile it on against the Twins. A nice beat down would be a nice way to shake off the last two days, and last few weeks for that matter. Duffey has posted a 6.12 ERA this season and has gotten bombed on far too many occasions. The Indians got to him for 4 runs on July 16th. In fact, in 80% of his last ten starts he’s allowed 4 or more runs. His last three starts produced a whopping 13.50 ERA and 2.80 WHIP. Duffey allowed more than half of hitters he faced on base, with a .519 OBA.
The Indians will need Bauer to keep it together tonight. I don’t know if he has done much of that lately, as he’s yielded a 5.87 ERA and 1.70 WHIP in his last three starts. This rotation was going so well and now they seem to be tumbling down a mountain at a high rate of speed. Bauer hasn’t looked so good against the Twins in eight starts, posting an ERA of 5.01. I’d be surprised to see a low-scoring contest tonight. The offenses should continue to come out to play on Wednesday night, with the OVER 9 hitting.
PICK: OVER 9 RUNS (+105)