Kyle Gibson (10-10, 3.73 ERA) and Cody Anderson (5-3, 3.48 ERA) take the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Minnesota Twins (78-73) and the Cleveland Indians (74-76) at Target Field. The Twins won the last game 4-2 and Minnesota leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, Sep. 24 and can be seen on STOh and FSN.
Gibson pitched 6.1 innings in his last outing, surrendering three runs, striking out five and walking three in a 4-3 defeat to the Angels. Brian Dozier (.238, 99 Rs, 28 HRs, 72 RBIs, 11 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Anderson went 6.2 innings, surrendering one run, striking out six and walking five in a 12-1 win over the White Sox in his most recent start. Francisco Lindor (.317, 44 Rs, 10 HRs, 44 RBIs, 8 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run.
Minnesota is a -126 favorite against Cleveland and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Twins have an overall money line of +1,963 and a record as the favorite of 18-15. Within its division, Minnesota has a 9-6 record as favorite and a 34-30 record SU.
In games where it is the underdog, Cleveland has a 24-29 record and an overall money line of -1,369. They are 10-10 as the underdog against fellow AL Central members, and 28-38 SU. Cleveland is excellent at not striking out with just 7.1 per game, ranking fifth in the AL. Cleveland's pitching staff has set the standard for its league, with an AL-low 3.41 ERA on the road. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Indians are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.20 for the season. The Indians have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an AL-best 8.8 strikeouts per game.
The Twins lead the season series, 9-5. The Twins have a 50-47 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Anderson takes the mound. Gibson (RHP) will be on the hill against the Indians, who have a 52-45 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Cle, O/U - Over
The Twins hold a 35-30 record this season against teams in the AL Central Division. The Indians' record in these matchups is 28-39.
The Twins are coming into this game after allowing zero walks during their last outing. The Indians have a 1-10 record when opponents give up that many walks.
It looks like the Twins have a slight leg up on the Indians, as the Twins have won their last three games while the Indians have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Indians are 63-13. The Twins have a 55-7 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 19th in runs, Cleveland has earned 620 this season. Minnesota ranks 11th with 656 runs.
Ranking 22nd, Minnesota is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 404 this season. Cleveland ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 501.
The Twins are 60-34 when they hit at least one home run. The Indians perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 55-30 record.