2019 MLB – Cleveland Indians @ Minnesota Twins Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Cleveland Indians @ Minnesota Twins taking place? Sunday 11th August, 2019 – 00:10 (UK)

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

What is the expected weather for Cleveland Indians @ Minnesota Twins? Few showers, 23c

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 6 – 2 Minnesota Twins

THE TEAM NEWS

CLEVELAND INDIANS

  • The Indians are currently riding a four-game winning streak and they have gone 4-1 in their last five matches. To make things even better, they have also gone 8-2 in their last 10 outings, so they have been one of the best teams in the American League in the past few weeks.
  • Cleveland have several quality arms injured such as Danny Salazar, Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco, as well as Dan Otero and outfielder Bradley Zimmer. However, Jose Ramirez has been picking up the slack for the Indians offensively, as the MVP candidate is hitting .338 with 18 doubles, a triple, 11 homers and 36 RBI since June 21.
  • 27-year-old right-hander Adam Plutko owns a 4-2 mark, a 4.55 ERA, 36 strikeouts and a 1.15 WHIP in 59.1 innings pitched across 11 games (10 starts) and will start here. He allowed just one run in 5.1 innings in his last start against the Los Angeles Angels.

MINNESOTA TWINS

  • The Twins are struggling of late and while they remain alive on the race for a playoff spot in the American League, they have lost the top spot in the AL Central. They are riding a four-game losing streak, but they have gone 5-5 in their last 10 games.
  • 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. Eddie Rosario, who broke the Twins’ season-record for home runs with a bomb on Friday, has hit for .285 with 25 home runs and 78 RBI in 2019.
  • Jake Odorizzi will start for the Twins in this contest with 29-year-old veteran right-hander owning a 12-5 mark, a 3.61 ERA, 120 strikeouts and a 1.19 WHIP in 114.2 innings pitched across 22 starts. He has gone 2-2 with an inflated 6.03 ERA in his last seven starts, though, so he’s not been pitching at a high level of late.

THE PREDICTION

The recent runs from both sides are contrasting and tell the whole story, since the Twins have lost their last four games while the Indians have won their last four. Plus, Cleveland have won their past three meetings against Minnesota and they’re riding an impressive run of form while moving to the top of the AL Central as a result. Expect the Indians to extend their winning run as they will take advantage of Jake Odorizzi’s poor pitching of late.

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