In the first of a three-game series between the Minnesota Twins (5-14) and the Cleveland Indians (9-7) at Target Field, Tommy Milone (0-1, 5.87 ERA) and Danny Salazar (2-1, 1.47 ERA) get the start. The game starts at 8:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Apr. 25 and will air on STOh and FSN.
In his most recent outing, Milone pitched 4.2 innings, giving up four runs, striking out six and walking two in a 10-5 loss to the Brewers. Eduardo Nunez (.432, 8 Rs, 8 RBIs, 4 SBs) continued his strong start to the season yesterday, going 4 for 7 with two runs, one RBI, and one stolen base. The Indians were also unsuccessful the last time Salazar pitched. He pitched well, going 7.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out seven and walking three in a 2-1 loss to the Mariners. Marlon Byrd (.282, 5 Rs, 2 HRs, 7 RBIs) has been doing well to start the season for the Indians, going 2 for 3 yesterday with one run and two RBIs.
The odds are Cleveland -150 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 8.
Cleveland is a terror on the base paths, ranking fifth in the MLB with 13 stolen bases. The Indians are one of the top AL pitching staffs on the road, essentially shutting down opponents to the tune of two runs allowed per away game. They have a WHIP of 1.133 on the year, good for fifth in the league.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE
The Indians sit at 4-1 overall, while the winless Twins are 0-6.
The Twins managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Indians who are coming in with a 4-1 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
It looks like the Indians have a slight leg up on the Twins, as the Indians have won their last three games while the Twins have lost their last three.
When they outhit their opponents, the Twins are 4-2. The Indians have a 7-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 26th in runs, Minnesota has earned 62 this season. Cleveland ranks 20th with 71 runs.
Ranking 22nd, Cleveland is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 52 this season. Minnesota ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 66.
The Twins are 3-8 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Indians are 5-4 when they hit at least one homer.