Cleveland Indians vs Minnesota Twins Predictions, Odds & Picks (July 30)

Indians vs Twins 2020

  • First of 10 matchups between current AL Central leaders
  • Something has to give between strikeout maestro Shane Bieber and homerun hitting Twins
  • Jose Berrios seeks bounce back after rough Opening Day start

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Indians vs. Twins Odds

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Team Run spread Total Money Line
Cleveland Indians -1.5
+143
O 8.5
-114
-110
Minnesota Twins +1.5
-175
U 8.5
-107
-106

Indians vs. Twins Predictions and Picks

This Twins offense is capable of exploding against anybody, it doesn’t matter if he is an ace or not. If Berrios can match Bieber, the Twins should be able to take this one. Both offenses are coming off their lowest run totals of the season, but we’re still not expecting fireworks in the over/under, so we’ll take the Twins money line.

(Betting record in 2020 through 7/29: 5-4)

How to watch Cleveland at Minnesota

Cleveland vs Twins Information

What Cleveland Indians at Minnesota Twins
Where Target Field, Minneapolis, Minn.
When Thursday, July 30, 2020, 7:07 PM EST
How to Watch FOX

40 Going on 30

Eventually, for everybody, father time catches up with you. You can’t do what you once could. That’s especially true in baseball, when reaction time, quickness and strength are so essential in the batter’s box.

Don’t tell that to Nelson Cruz, who turned 40 on July 1st. Cruz leads the Twins in every major offensive statistic, including batting average (.380), home runs (3), RBI’s (11), on-base percentage (.409), hits (8), and an OPS over 1.400.

Cruz drove in another run on a double in the first inning in Wednesday night’s 3-0 victory over the Cardinals.

Indians Offense Looking for Wakeup Call

It’s six games into the season and nobody is going to complain about a 4-2 start over that stretch, but Cleveland’s bats are going to need to come alive if they hope to keep up this pace.

Cleveland was shut out on Wednesday night against the White Sox and have now scored five or fewer runs in five of their six contests this season.

While most of the lineup is struggling, Jose Ramirez has returned to his 2017-18 form after a tough season last year. Ramirez, who has reached base in each game this year, is top 10 in the league in home runs (2) and RBIs (5) and is hitting a red-hot .435 with a 1.283 OPS.

Shane Bieber’s Coming Out Party?

If people don’t know about Shane Bieber yet, soon they will. Bieber has been buried behind names like Corey Klueber and Trevor Bauer in the Indians’ rotation the past two years, but even last year he was stellar.

Bieber went 15-8 with 3.28 ERA and 1.05 WHIP, racking up 259 strikeouts in 214.1 innings.

He’s now considered the teams ace and if his Opening Day start is any indication, he’s certainly ready to pick up that mantle. The 6-foot-3 righty went six innings on, striking out a career-high 14 batters and giving up just four hits.

Bieber will be a household name soon, but there’s always struggles for any pitcher from time to time and a team like the Twins can make that extremely apparent. The Royals are very different from the Twins, who are in the top five in the majors in home runs despite already having a game rained out.

Berrios Bounce Back

Jose Berrios wasn’t in typical form on Opening Day in Chicago. Spotted to a five-run lead after two innings, Berrios unraveled, giving up five runs on seven hits in four innings. For perspective, the last time Berrios went four innings or fewer and gave up five or more runs? September 1, 2018.

Normally, he is the ace of the Twins’ staff, going 14-8 a season ago, finishing with a career-best 3.68 ERA and 1.22 WHIP while throwing more than 200 innings for the first time in his career.

Trends

  • The Indians have gone under the total in five of six games to start the year.
  • The under is 5-0 in the Indians last five games when the line is set between 7.0-8.5.
  • The Twins have gone under in their past two games after going over in the first three.
  • The Twins have covered four of five games this season after covering 53.3 percent of their games last year (top 5 cover rate in the MLB).

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