Corey Kluber (6-12, 3.60 ERA) and Phil Hughes (10-7, 4.14 ERA) take the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Cleveland Indians (50-59) and the Minnesota Twins (55-55) at Progressive Field. The Indians won the last game 17-4 and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 1:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 9 and can be seen on STOh and FSN.
Kluber pitched 5.2 innings in his last outing, surrendering five runs and striking out four in a 5-4 defeat to the Angels. Michael Brantley (.309, 46 Rs, 8 HRs, 61 RBIs, 12 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 3 for 4 with two runs, one RBI, and one stolen base. Hughes went 5.2 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out three and walking two in a 3-1 defeat to the Blue Jays in his most recent start. Eddie Rosario (.278, 37 Rs, 6 HRs, 26 RBIs, 9 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and one RBI.
Cleveland is a -170 favorite against Minnesota and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Indians have an overall money line of -2,225 and a record as the favorite of 33-38. Cleveland has had a discouraging season against division opponents, earning records of 9-21 and 15-29 as the favorite and SU respectively. Cleveland's pitching staff has been doing better against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, only allowing an average of 3.1 runs per game, well under their season average of 4.2. The Indians are the fifth-best team in the AL at limiting hits to their opponents, allowing only 8.2 hits per game so far this season. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Indians, who lead the AL in strikeouts per game with 8.9.
In games where it is the underdog, Minnesota has a 43-45 record and an overall money line of +1,160. They played poorly as the underdog over their last 10 games with a 1-7 record, and a 3-7 record SU. The Twins allow 4.4 runs per game, but have damaged those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 6.2 runs per game during that span.
The Twins lead the season series, 5-3. The Indians have a 36-35 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Hughes takes the mound. Kluber (RHP) will be on the hill against the Twins, who have a 34-36 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Cle, O/U - Over
The Indians are struggling at 16-29 in their division, while the Twins are 24-23.
When leading after 7 innings, Cleveland is 16-19, while Minnesota is 17-21.
The Twins managed to give up eight walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Indians who are heading in with a 7-0 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Indians are 41-7. The Twins have a 39-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 20th, Cleveland is in the bottom half of the league in runs, scoring 434 this season. Minnesota ranks in the top half at 12th with 464.
Ranking first in walks, Cleveland has earned 377 this season. Minnesota ranks 24th with 272 walks.
The Indians are 38-23 when they hit at least one home run. The Twins perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 42-23 record.