15* AL Central PLAY OF THE DAY on Minnesota Twins +134
Minnesota vs. Cleveland,
06/01/2012 19:05 EDT,
Score: 1 - 7
Money Line: +134 Minnesota
The Minnesota Twins are trying to dig themselves out of the big hole they have gotten themselves into through the first month of the season. Having a healthy Justin Morneau back has certainly helped matter of late. Minnesota is coming off a 3-0 sweep of the Oakland A's last series.
While Minnesota is back on track, Cleveland (27-23) is reeling. The Indians have lost five of their last six overall for a big reality check. I have no doubt this is one of the worst teams in the AL Central, and that will show as the season progresses. Cleveland has simply overachieved to this point.
Twins starter Carl Pavano has been at his best on the road this season, going 2-2 with a 3.66 ERA and 1.187 WHIP in five starts away from home. Derek Lowe gave up 8 earned runs over 2 1/3 innings in his last start for Cleveland. Pavano is 3-3 with a 3.08 ERA and 1.171 WHIP in 11 career starts against Cleveland, while Lowe is 1-4 with a 6.00 ERA and 1.530 WHIP in eight career starts against Minnesota.
The Twins are 4-1 in their last 5 games following an off day. Minnesota is 4-1 in Pavano's last 5 road starts vs. a team with a winning record. The Twins are 17-9 against the money line in June games over the last 2 seasons. Pavano is 10-5 (+9.8 Units) against the money line as a road underdog of +125 to +175 over the last 2 seasons. Roll with the Twins Friday.