In the second of a three-game series between the Cleveland Indians (17-15) and the Minnesota Twins (8-26) at Progressive Field, Corey Kluber (2-4, 4.14 ERA) and Ervin Santana (0-2, 3.86 ERA) take the mound. The Twins lost the last game 7-6, extending an eight-game losing streak. The game starts at 4:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 14 and will air on FS1, STOh and FSN.
In his most recent outing, Kluber pitched 2.2 innings, giving up five runs, striking out three and walking three in a 7-1 loss to the Astros. Carlos Santana (.226, 15 Rs, 5 HRs, 14 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Twins were also unsuccessful the last time Santana pitched. He went 3.1 innings, allowing three runs, striking out four and walking three in a 7-2 loss to the White Sox. Byung Ho Park (.245, 15 Rs, 9 HRs, 15 RBIs, 1 SB) has been hitting the ball well for the Twins, going 2 for 5 yesterday with two runs, two home runs, and three RBIs.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an Indians -200 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is 7.5 at the moment.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE
The Indians hold an 11-4 record against the AL Central Division this season, while the Twins have a 2-14 record against the division.
For the fourth time this season, the Indians registered at least two errors in a game.
The Indians managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Twins who are coming in with a 3-5 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Twins are 2-20. The Indians have a 3-8 record when opponents outhit them.
Both falling near the bottom of the league based on total home runs this season, Cleveland ranks 27th with 29 homers and Minnesota is 22nd with 32.
Ranking 20th, Minnesota is in the bottom half of the league in hits, notching 8.03 per game. Cleveland ranks in the top half with 8.41.
Ranking 26th, Minnesota is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.682). Cleveland ranks in the bottom half at 20th with an OPS of .702.
The Twins are 5-19 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Indians are 10-11 when they allow at least one homer.