The Minnesota Twins are set to take on the Cleveland Indians in what should be a fun divisional game. Currently, the Indians are the favorite at -1.5 according to most sportsbooks.
Minnesota has the edge overall against the Indians in runs, hits, and strikeouts. Cleveland has registered more walks, however.
Minnesota comes into this game with a record of 56-33 while Cleveland is 50-38. At home, Cleveland has a 25-18 record. Minnesota is 28-18 on the road.
The Indians have a very good record as the favorite, coming in at 42-31. To their credit, Minnesota has held its own as the underdog with a 19-13 record.
Gibson tries to tame Indians
Kyle Gibson has an 8-4 record with a 4.09 ERA on the year. In his last start, he pitched six innings, giving up five hits and three runs while walking four and striking out five. That came on July 3 against the Oakland Athletics.
This Indians squad has seen Gibson well. They have 53 hits in 161 at-bats. That equals out to a .329 batting average. The player who has seen Gibson the best is José Ramirez. In 30 at-bats, he has 10 hits, including three doubles. With a home run, five runs batted in, and four walks, he has always seemed to find a way to get on base against Gibson. For his efforts, he has a .333 batting average.
Gibson will have to focus on keeping the ball low and making sure to find the strike zone. He does not want to give this Indians lineup any second chances at offense. If he does, it could be a long night for him.
Clevenger looks to build off solid start
Mike Clevenger has had an up-and-down season. With a 2-2 record and a 4.44 ERA, some starts on the mound have left a lot to be desired. His last time on the mound was successful. Against Kansas City on July 3, he had all of his pitches working. In six innings of work, he gave up four hits while striking out nine batters. Facing 21 batters on 79 pitches, he was efficient. As a result, he picked up his second win of the season.
He has given the Minnesota Twins trouble over the years. In 93 at-bats, he has only surrendered 20 hits. That makes for a combined .215 batting average. The hitter who has seen him best is Ehire Adrainza. In four at-bats, he has two hits, including a home run, and two runs batted in. That is good enough for a .500 batting average.
He should be able to have a successful outing on the mound on Friday. Both he and the Indians are looking to pick up where they left off before the All-Star break. They have been in a groove as of late.
I would feel comfortable taking the Indians in this game. Clevenger is coming off a great outing, and the Indians offense has been on fire lately. It will be a close game, but I do think Cleveland will prevail. Make sure to bet Cleveland at -1.5.