Josh Tomlin (5-0, 3.72 ERA) and Ricky Nolasco (1-1, 4.70 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Cleveland Indians (16-15) and the Minnesota Twins (8-25) at Progressive Field. The Twins come into this series in the midst of a seven-game losing streak. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 13 and can be seen on STOh and FSN.
Tomlin pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering four runs and striking out three in a 5-4 win over the Royals. Mike Napoli (.248, 20 Rs, 7 HRs, 22 RBIs) had another good game Wednesday, going 3 for 7 with two runs, one home run, and one RBI. Nolasco went 5.0 innings, surrendering seven runs (two unearned), striking out six and walking two in a 10-4 defeat to the White Sox in his most recent start.
The Indians are a very big favorite at home, checking in around -170 across the market. The total is 8, with the under slightly juiced at the open. The Indians lost two of three to the Twins last month at Target Field.
The Indians sit at 10-4 against the division, while the Twins are struggling at 2-13.
The Indians are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 18 strikeouts. The Twins have a record of 0-2 when they are struck out that many times 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 26th with 27 homers and Minnesota is 25th with 28.
Ranking 22nd, Cleveland is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 94 this season. Minnesota ranks in the bottom half at 16th with 103.
The Indians are 8-9 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Twins are 6-15 when they hit at least one homer.