Corey Kluber (15-9, 3.16 ERA), seeking his 200th strikeout of the season, gets the ball for the Cleveland Indians (82-59) as they go up against Jose Berrios (2-5, 9.21 ERA) and the Minnesota Twins (53-89) in the last of a three-game series at Target Field. The Twins won the last game 2-1, and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game starts at 2:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sep. 11 and will air on STOh and FSN.
In his last start, Berrios pitched 5.0 innings, giving up five runs, striking out six and walking one in an 11-5 loss to the Royals. Brian Dozier (.277, 95 Rs, 39 HRs, 93 RBIs, 14 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run. The Indians were also unsuccessful the last time Kluber pitched. He did not do well, pitching 7.0 innings, allowing four runs, striking out nine and walking three in a 4-3 loss to the Astros. Mike Napoli (.251, 85 Rs, 32 HRs, 93 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
The Indians sit at 37-18 against the division, while the Twins are 19-43
When leading after seven innings, Cleveland is 30-26, while Minnesota is 28-36.
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 an 11-2 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Twins are 38-12. The Indians have a 62-7 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 11th, Minnesota is in the top half of the league in runs, scoring 657 this season. Cleveland ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 693.
Ranking 12th, Minnesota is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.753). Cleveland ranks in the top 10 at sixth with an OPS of .768.
The Indians are 52-51 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Twins are 38-74 when they allow at least one homer.