Trevor Bauer (9-6, 3.88 ERA) and Hector Santiago (10-8, 5.16 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Cleveland Indians (73-56) and the Minnesota Twins (49-81) at Progressive Field. The Twins come into this series in the midst of a 10-game losing streak. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 29 and can be seen on STOh and FSN.
Bauer pitched 6.2 innings in his most recent start, surrendering five runs (two unearned), striking out three and walking two in a 5-1 defeat to the Athletics. Santiago went 4.2 innings, surrendering eight runs and striking out two in a 10-0 defeat to the Royals in his last outing. Miguel Sano (.244, 47 Rs, 20 HRs, 53 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 5 yesterday with two RBIs.
The odds for Cleveland and Minnesota are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently not available. Within its division, Cleveland has a record of 33-17 SU. The Indians have no trouble scoring as they rank second in the AL in offense with 4.9 runs per game. The Indians are one of the best in the AL in terms of hits with an impressive 9.1 per game. Cleveland is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 104 bases. Crossing over to the pitching staff, the Indians are the top 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 rank third in the AL in strikeouts per game with 8.6.
The Twins are 15-35 against AL Central foes. Offensively, the Twins have really sputtered in division games. They have decreased their season average of 4.6 runs per game by averaging 3.9 in those contests. The Twins allow 5.5 runs per game, but have damaged those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 8.2 runs per game during that span.
The Twins lead the season series, 8-5. The Indians have a great 15-5 record at home (26-15 overall) against left-handed starting pitchers, which is what they'll be facing when Santiago takes the mound. Bauer (RHP) will be on the hill against the Twins, who have a inferior 34-62 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE
The Indians hold a 33-17 record against the AL Central Division this season, while the Twins have a 15-35 record against the division.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Indians are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Twins have a 10-1 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they are outhit, the Twins are 8-67. The Indians have an 8-40 record when opponents outhit them.
Minnesota ranks in the bottom half of the league at 16th when it comes to home runs, hitting 152 this season. Cleveland ranks in the top half with 161.
Ranking seventh, Minnesota is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.86 per game. Cleveland ranks in the top five at third with 9.11.
Ranking 13th, Minnesota is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.746). Cleveland ranks in the top 10 at eighth with an OPS of .765.
When the Twins allow at least one home run, they are 35-67. When the Indians allow one or more homers, they have a 45-48 record.