Trevor May (0-1, 8.44 ERA) and the Minnesota Twins (4-7) go up against TJ House (0-1, 40.50 ERA) and the Cleveland Indians (4-6) in the last of a three-game division series at Target Field. The Indians won the last game 4-2 and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game gets underway at 2:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Apr. 19 and will air on STO and FSN-N.
May is 1-1 with an 8.38 ERA against the Indians in his career, but faces a struggling Cleveland offense that's hitting just .223 on the year. Joe Mauer (.282, 1 R, 4 RBIs) continued his hot start yesterday, going 2 for 4. TJ House will make his second start of the season. Jose Ramirez (.226, 3 Rs, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 SBs) has been hitting the ball well to start the season, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run.
Minnesota is a -124 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at nine runs. Against teams in the AL Central, they have an SU record of 4-6.
Moving on to the away team, the Indians come into this game with a win percentage of .333 when playing as the underdog (1-2) and an overall money line of -438. Against teams in their division, they are 1-5 SU and have a poor 0-1 record when they were an underdog to win. Cleveland has stepped up their play against division opponents. They have averaged 3.7 runs per game, more than their season average of 3.2. The Indians are a problem for opposing batters, sporting a 3.89 ERA this season. They also allow just 3.5 hits per road game, good for tops in the AL. They also have some of the most overpowering arms in baseball with an AL-high 10.2 strikeouts per game.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE, O/U - Over
The Twins and Indians both hold losing records against teams in the AL Central. The Twins sit at 4-7 in these matchups and the Indians have a 2-5 record.
When the Twins play into extra innings, they have a 1-0 record. The Indians are 0-1 when their games exceed nine innings.
After a weak showing last week where they got in eight hits, the Indians need to step it up. The Twins have a record of 2-1 when opponents get eight hits or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Indians are 4-1. The Twins have a 2-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Minnesota and Cleveland both rank near the bottom of the league in runs. Minnesota sits at 26th with 32 runs this season and Cleveland ranks 24th with 33.
Ranking 24th, Minnesota is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 26 this season. Cleveland ranks in the bottom half at 20th with 28.
When the Twins hit at least one home run, they are 4-2. When the Indians hit at least one homer, they have a 3-1 record.