Mike Clevinger (2-2, 5.30 ERA) and the Cleveland Indians (82-58) are in Minnesota to meet Hector Santiago (11-8, 4.91 ERA) and the Twins (52-89) in a game that could be high scoring. This is the second of a three-game series at Target Field. The Indians won the last game 5-4, and Cleveland leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sep. 10 and will air on STOh and FSN.
In his most recent outing, Santiago pitched 6.0 innings, giving up three runs, striking out six and walking three in an 11-3 victory over the White Sox. Brian Dozier (.277, 94 Rs, 39 HRs, 93 RBIs, 14 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI. The Indians were unsuccessful the last time Clevinger pitched. He tossed 1.2 innings, allowing one run, striking out three and walking two in a 6-2 loss to the Astros. Mike Napoli (.251, 85 Rs, 32 HRs, 93 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
The Indians sit at 37-17 against the division, while the Twins are 18-43
For the 22nd time this season, the Twins registered at least two errors in a game.
The Twins managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Indians who are coming in with a 27-7 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Twins are 9-72. The Indians have a 12-41 record when opponents outhit them.
Both falling in the top half of the league based on total home runs this season, Minnesota ranks 13th with 176 homers and Cleveland is 15th with 171.
Minnesota and Cleveland both rank in the top half of the league in walks. Minnesota sits at 14th with 440 this season and Cleveland ranks 11th with 448.
The Twins are 43-51 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Indians are 58-37 when they hit at least one homer.