In the second of a three-game series between the Minnesota Twins (6-14) and the Cleveland Indians (9-8) at Target Field, Ricky Nolasco (1-0, 2.66 ERA) and Cody Anderson (0-1, 7.53 ERA) take the mound. The Twins won the last game 4-3, and Minnesota leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 8:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Apr. 26 and will air on STOh and FSN.
In his most recent outing, Nolasco pitched 6.1 innings, allowing one run, striking out seven and walking one in an 8-1 victory over the Brewers. The Indians were unsuccessful the last time Anderson pitched. He struggled, going 3.2 innings, giving up five runs and striking out three in a 10-7 loss to the Mariners. Marlon Byrd (.302, 5 Rs, 2 HRs, 8 RBIs) has been doing well to start the season for the Indians, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game a Minnesota -115 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 8.5. Cleveland's pitching staff and defense as a whole have been firing on all cylinders so far, ranking third in the AL with only two runs allowed per road game. They also average just 7.1 hits allowed per game, fourth-best in the AL.
The only other game between the two teams went Minnesota's way.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE
The Indians hold a 4-2 record against the AL Central Division this season, while the Twins have a 1-6 record against the division.
When leading after seven innings, Cleveland is 5-2, while Minnesota is 2-7.
The Indians managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Twins who are heading in with a 3-5 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Twins are 4-2. The Indians have a 7-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 26th in runs, Minnesota has earned 66 this season. Cleveland ranks 19th with 74 runs.
Ranking 21st, Cleveland is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 55 this season. Minnesota ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 70.
The Twins are 4-8 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Indians are 5-5 when they hit at least one homer.