Phil Hughes (0-2, 5.25 ERA) and Danny Salazar (first start) start in the second of a three-game series between the Minnesota Twins (4-6) and the Cleveland Indians (3-6) at Target Field. The Twins won the last game 3-2 and Minnesota leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 2:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Apr. 18 and can be seen on STO and FSN-N.
Hughes is 4-1 with a 2.80 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 39 strikeouts against the Indians. Brian Dozier (.231, 5 Rs, 1 HR, 3 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. Danny Salazar will make his first start of the season. Mike Aviles (.227 ) went 1 for 2 yesterday.
Minnesota is a -131 favorite against Cleveland and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs.
In games where it is the underdog, Cleveland has a 1-2 record and an overall money line of -253. AL Central foes have had an easy time with the Indians when they're ranked as the underdog. They have a 0-1 record as favorite and 1-4 SU. Offensively, the Indians have really picked up the pace in division games. They have exceeded their season average of 3.4 runs per game by averaging 4.0 in those contests. Cleveland is excellent at not striking out n the road with just 7.3 per game, ranking fourth in the AL. Cleveland's pitching staff has set the standard for its league, with an AL-low 1.04 ERA on the road. When it comes to preventing batters from getting hits, the Indians are the best in the AL on the road with an average of 2.7 hits allowed per away game.
The Twins have the edge in the season series, 1-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE, O/U - Over
The Indians are struggling at 1-5 in their division, while the Twins sit at 4-6.
Cleveland recorded at least two errors for the first time this season.
The Twins are 1-0 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Indians are 0-1 in such matchups.
The Indians managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Twins who are heading in with a 2-0 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Indians are 3-1. The Twins have a 2-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Both falling near the bottom of the league based on total runs this season, Minnesota ranks 25th with 30 runs and Cleveland is 26th with 29.
Ranking 25th, Minnesota is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 23 this season. Cleveland ranks in the bottom half at 20th with 27.
The Twins are 4-1 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Indians are 2-1 when they hit at least one homer.