Minnesota Twins versus Cleveland Indians (July 13)
The top two teams in the AL Central battle as the Indians host the Twins.
A great pitching matchup is scheduled with Jake Odorizzi going for the Twins and Trevor Bauer will take the mound for the Indians.
Offensively, the Twins have the most potent attack in the league. They have hit .272 with 166 home runs and average 5.7 runs per game.
Eddie Rosario is the top hitter overall with 20 home runs and 60 RBI. Max Kepler leads the team in home runs with 21 to supply a power duo.
CJ Cron has contributed 14 home runs, while Nelson Cruz and Miguel Sano have each added 13.
The Indians are slightly below the league average of 4.8 runs per game, coming in at 4.5 per contest.
They are hitting .244 with 115 home runs. Carlos Santana leads the team with 19 home runs and 52 RBI.
Roberto Perez has added 16 and Francisco Lindor has shown surprising power with 14 home runs.
Jake Bauers has chipped in with 11 home runs.
On the mound, Jake Odorizzi is having a stellar season with a 10-4 record and a 3.15 ERA.
He’s struck out 96 in 88 2/3 innings and has allowed ten home runs. Tyler Rogers and Blake Parker have combined to save 22 with an ERA of 2.67.
Other frequently used relievers, Ryne Harper and Trevor May, have logged a combine 69 1/3 innings with an ERA of 2.99.
As a team, the Twins are allowing 4.4 runs per game, about a half run less than the league average.
Trevor Bauer has been a strikeout machine, fanning 149 in 132 innings. He has a relatively surprisingly high 3.61 ERA despite allowing just 104 hits.
This is due to the tendency to give up the home run, allowing 17 this season. Closer Brad Hand has saved 23 with an ERA of 2.17.
Other dependable members of the Indians’ bullpen have been Nick Wittgren (3.24 ERA) and Adam Cimber (3.06 ERA). As a team, the Indians are allowing only 4.2 runs per game.
Both teams have enough offense to put the total runs into the low double-digits.
However, the two starters are among the best in the AL and the bullpens are tough. The best bet is for runs to be held relatively in check, with the exception of a few long balls.
Give a slight edge to the Twins, despite playing on the road. Ill take the “under” and for the Twins to win by a 5-3 or less margin.