Game two of this AL Central series sees the Guardians (66-72, 35-35 home) and Twins (72-66, 32-37 away) facing off at Progressive Field. The starting pitcher for the Guardians will be Tanner Bibee, while the Twins are turning to Sonny Gray. Find out who I like to win in this Cleveland Guardians and Minnesota Twins showdown.
MINNESOTA TWINS VS CLEVELAND GUARDIANS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Cleveland Guardians -109
This game will be played at Progressive Field at 6:10 ET on Tuesday, September 5th.
WHY BET THE CLEVELAND GUARDIANS:
- The Guardians have gone 6-4 in their ten games at home.
- So far, the Guardians are 6-5 against the Twins this season.
- The Guardians are 2-0 in Tanner Bibee’s last two starts.
MINNESOTA TWINS SEEK TO IMPROVE THEIR ROAD RECORD
The Twins enter today’s action with an overall record of 72-66, putting them in first place in the AL Central. So far, they have put together a 40-29 record at home and 32-37. Minnesota’s overall series record stands at 21-17-5.
Sonny Gray will take the mound for the Twins with a 7-6 record. Across 27 appearances, he has an ERA of 2.92 and has held opponents to a .221 batting average. Gray has struck out 156 batters and issued 51 walks, resulting in a WHIP of 1.17 and SLG allowed of .309.
In his most recent outing, Sonny Gray threw seven strong innings without allowing a run, but did not factor into the decision. Unfortunately, the Twins were unable to capitalize on his performance and fell to the Guardians 5-2.
Having gone deep 11 times in their last five games, the Twins are 1st in that span. At 4.7 runs per game, Minnesota is 14th in the league. This figure has come on a team batting average of .242 while hitting a total of 198 home runs (4th).
Over the Twins’ last ten contests, Royce Lewis has hit five home runs, the most on the team. His season-long total is 11 long balls, and his overall batting average stands at .317.
WILL THE CLEVELAND GUARDIANS TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
138 games into their season, the Guardians are 2nd in the AL Central on an overall record of 66-72. Against other teams in the AL Central, Cleveland is 21-23 while their overall series win percent sits at 46%. At home, the Guardians are 35-35 and 31-37 on the road.
Cleveland’s Tanner Bibee has been a force to be reckoned with this season, boasting an impressive 10-3 record and 3.03 ERA. His ERA on the road is 4.21, but when pitching at home it drops to an even more impressive 2.46. Bibee’s WHIP for the season stands at 1.21, while opponents have managed to compile a .229 batting average and .353 slugging percentage against him.
Tanner Bibee’s last outing versus the Twins saw him surrender two runs and four hits, but he was not credited with a decision as the Guardians emerged victorious, 5-2.
Offensively, Cleveland is ranked 25th in the league with an average of 4.1 runs per game. When looking over their last ten matchups, the Guardians averaged 4.6 runs per contest, which is 10th best in that span. In terms of their power numbers, Cleveland is 25th in all of baseball, with a total of 105 home runs.
Gabriel Arias has been a major contributor to the Guardians’ offense in their last five games, leading the team in hits and batting .392. On the season, Arias is hitting .220 and has 21 RBIs.