Minnesota Twins vs Cleveland Indians Predictions, Odds & Picks (August 25)
- Indians look to close gap on Twins
- Can Shane Bieber further his Cy Young quest?
- Nelson Cruz continues to defy father time
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Twins vs Indians Odds
|Team||Run Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Minnesota Twins||+1.5 -150||O 8 -110||+150|
|Cleveland Indians||-1.5 +125||U 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.
Betting record through 8/24/20 (17-16-1)
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|
|What||Minnesota Twins vs Cleveland Indians|
|Where||Progressive Field, Cleveland IN|
|When||Tuesday, August 25, 2020, 7:10 PM EST|
|How to Watch||Fox 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.