Minnesota Twins vs Cleveland Indians Predictions, Odds & Picks (August 25)

Twins vs Indians 2020

  • Indians look to close gap on Twins
  • Can Shane Bieber further his Cy Young quest?
  • Nelson Cruz continues to defy father time

Twins vs Indians Odds

TeamRun SpreadTotalMoney Line
Minnesota Twins+1.5 -150O 8 -110+150
Cleveland Indians-1.5 +125U 8 -110-167

 

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Twins vs Indians Predictions and Picks

The Indians rarely lose when Bieber picks up the ball and they can’t afford that to change against the team they’re chasing. We like the Indians both on the money line and the spread.

Picks:

Cleveland Indians to win -167

Indians to cover the spread -1.5 +125

Betting record through 8/24/20 (17-16-1)

Trends

Twins are 5-1 in their last six games vs. team with a winning record

Twins are 7-2 in their last nine overall

Under is 7-0 in Twins last seven games vs team with a winning record

Under is 5-1 in Twins last six road games vs right-handed starter

Under is 20-6-1 overall in Twins last 27 games

Twins are 6-2 in last eight meetings

Twins are 6-2 in last eight meetings in Cleveland

Indians are 5-1 in their last six game 2 of a series

Indians are 0-6 in last six games vs. team with a winning record

Indians are 1-5 in last six home games

Under is 4-0-1 in Indians last five Tuesday games

Under is 4-1 in Indians last five games vs. left-handed starter

How to Watch Twins vs Indians

Minnesota Twins vs Cleveland Indians Information
WhatMinnesota Twins vs Cleveland Indians
WhereProgressive Field, Cleveland IN
WhenTuesday, August 25, 2020, 7:10 PM EST
How to WatchFox Sports North, SportsTime Ohio

Big Series for Cleveland

The Indians are still trying to chip away from an early hole they dug themselves. In a normal season, a 2-5 start is inauspicious, but no big deal. In a season with just 60 games, starting three games below .500 more than 10% of the way into the season is far from ideal.

But that’s what happened to Cleveland and even after a loss in game one to the Twins, the Tribe are still 15-7 in their last 23 games and just 2.5 games out of first place in the AL Central.

Their 7-3 record over the last 10 is impressive, the only problem is both the Twins and White Sox have gone 7-3 in that stretch too, so they haven’t been able to make up any ground.

Bieber’s Been Balling

If there were a Cy Young vote at what is essentially the halfway point of the season, Shane Bieber would seemingly be the no doubt candidate in the American League.

Bieber leads the American League in nearly every major category including wins (5), ERA (1.11), total strikeouts (65), strikeouts per nine innings (14.4), innings pitched (40.2), wins above replacement (2.2) and a strikeout to walk ratio (10.8:1). He’s also second in WHIP at .762.

Despite scoring four runs or fewer in five of his six starts, the Indians are a perfect 6-0 when he toes the rubber. In games he doesn’t start, Cleveland is 11-12.

Bieber’s best start of the season came against the Twins back at the beginning of July, when he went eight innings, giving up just three hits and striking out 13 in a 2-0 win. If that’s not enough, Bieber has thrown a quality start in each of his six outings, has held his opponent scoreless in four of them, and hasn’t given up a run for 13 consecutive innings.

He will be countered by 40-year-old Rich Hill for the Twins who has started just two games this year. Hill picked up the win in his first start, throwing five shutout innings against the Cardinals but got roughed up last week, surrendering four runs in 2.2 innings to the Brewers.

Age Catches up to All, Except Nelson Cruz

Father time is undefeated; that’s how the saying goes. And while he might win eventually, he’s in an absolute slugfest with Nelson Cruz. Cruz, the Twins’ designated hitter, has continued to mash.

He went yard – again – on Monday night and now leads the team (that led all of baseball in home runs in 2019) as a 40-year-old in almost every offensive category.

He ranks in the top six in all of baseball in batting average (.340), home runs (11), RBIs (27), and OPS (1.122) and has accounted for 39 of the team’s 143 runs this season.

He will have a tall task against Bieber, who he went 0-3 against in their first meeting this season.

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Tony writes about baseball for WSN.com after recently graduating with his Masters from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Prior to that, Tony was a local sports reporter for MLive Media Group, based out of Jackson, Michigan where he covered everything from high school to professional sports. He graduated from Michigan State in 2015 with a degree in journalism. During his time there he covered the Michigan State football and men’s basketball teams from 2013-15 and hosted a sports radio show on WDBM 89FM.