2019 MLB – Cleveland Indians @ Minnesota Twins Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Cleveland Indians @ Minnesota Twins taking place? Friday 9th August, 2019 – 01:10 (UK)

Where is Cleveland Indians @ Minnesota Twins taking place? Target Field

What is the expected weather for Cleveland Indians @ Minnesota Twins? Sunny, 24c

What television channel is Cleveland Indians @ Minnesota Twins on? BT Sport 1 in the UK / SportsTime Ohio and Fox Sports in the US

Where can I stream Cleveland Indians @ Minnesota Twins? BT Sport subscribers can stream the match live via the BT Sport website or app in the UK / Fox Sports and MLB.tv in the US

Where can I get tickets for Cleveland Indians @ Minnesota Twins? https://www.mlb.com/tickets/season-tickets

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Cleveland Indians 4 – 3 Minnesota Twins

THE TEAM NEWS

CLEVELAND INDIANS

  • The Indians won two out of three games in their last series against the Texas Rangers, and they have been playing at a high level of late with four wins in their last five outings. Plus, they have also gone 6-4 in their last 10 outings so they’re trending in the right direction.
  • Cleveland have several quality arms injured such as Danny Salazar, Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco, as well as Dan Otero and outfielder Bradley Zimmer. One player to watch is Jose Ramirez, who homered in both games on Tuesday and has hit for .327 with 11 homers since June 21.
  • 28-year-old right-hander Mike Clevinger, who owns a 6-2 mark, a 3.07 ERA, 80 strikeouts and a 1.06 WHIP in 55.2 innings pitched across 10 starts, will start for the Indians here. He allowed just one run in 6.1 innings in his last start against the Los Angeles Angels.

MINNESOTA TWINS

  • The Twins dropped two consecutive games against the Atlanta Braves the last time out, but that doesn’t hide the fact that they have been one of the best teams in the American League of late. Minnesota have a 3-2 record in their last five, and 7-3 in their last 10 outings.
  • Minnesota have several players injured such as Byron Buxton, Willians Astudillo, LaMonte Wade, Michael Pineda and Sam Dyson, but none will return before the end of the week. One player to watch is Max Kepler, who didn’t play Wednesday but still has 31 homers and 77 RBI on the season.
  • 31-year-old veteran right-hander Kyle Gibson owns a 11-4 mark with a 4.02 ERA, 124 strikeouts and a 1.25 WHIP in 123.0 innings pitched across 23 games (22 starts) will start here. He has gone 3-0 with a 3.57 ERA in his last seven starts.

THE PREDICTION

Following Wednesday’s results, the Indians are just two games away from the Twins in the race for the AL Central lead so this game could have huge playoff implications. Both pitchers have looked good of late, but the Indians’ offense seems to be heating up at the right time thanks to Jose Ramirez. That might be enough to give the Indians the edge here in what’s going to be a tightly contested affair.

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