Minnesota Twins (53-60) vs. Cleveland Indians (63-50)
MLB: Thurs., Aug. 9, 2018, 1:10 PM ET @ Progressive Field
Spread: MIN +1.5, CLE -1.5
Money Line: MIN +180, CLE -200
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The four-game series between the Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians, AL Central’s two leading teams, will come to a head early Thursday afternoon.
Cleveland bounced back from a 3-2 loss two days ago to win 5-2 last night. In the first inning, Francisco Lindor scored the first run after Edwin Encarnacion hit a sacrifice fly. Yan Gomes made the next run in the fifth after Michael Brantley grounded out to shortstop. The game was tied at 2-2 in the final inning until Lindor pulled off the game-winning, 3-run homer to claim victory for the Indians. This series finale will have a battle of RHPs as the team will bring in Corey Kluber (14-6, 2.63 ERA) in hopes to get back on the right track. In his last start against the Angels, he kept his opponents shut out for 98 pitches and finished with seven strikeouts. Kluber is now 8-3 with a 2.01 ERA in 13 starts at his home field this season.
Minnesota couldn’t pull out another win after another close game. They got on the board in the fourth when Logan Forsythe’s double helped Miguel Sano scored a run. Sano then tied the game in the ninth with his solo home run, but that was the end of it for the Twins. The team will bring out Jose Berrios (11-8, 3.51 ERA) to counter Kluber. He allowed only two runs over seven innings in his win against Kansas City in his last start. Berrios also boasts a 3.49 ERA in more than his past six starts.
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It’s no doubt a close race between these teams, and this game is sure to be another close one with Berrios and Kluber as the starting pitchers. Cleveland has been handling themselves well, and Lindor might be the reason why. He’s definitely the wild card in the Indians lineup because his plays and performances are one of the things that is keeping the team at the top of their game and catching up to Minnesota. The Twins, on the other hand, have their opponents coming from behind as they are close to tying their overall series record this season. They were dominant in the first game with the shutout, 10-0 win, but they could now be nervous over Cleveland getting more ahead of them. This shows that Cleveland has the better chance at victory.