Sunday POWER-SMASH ~ 6-0 Saturday SWEEP! **RECORD-SETTING 38-6-1 RUN!**
Cleveland vs. Minnesota,
08/11/2019 14:10 EDT,
Score: 7 - 3
Money Line: -140 Minnesota
8* Minnesota (2:10 ET): The Twins were able to stop the bleeding w/ a 4-1 win over the Indians last night, thereby reclaiming first place in the AL Central for themselves. This is a division that they've led going back to late April. At one point, they were up by as many as 11.5 games on the Indians and the advantage was 7.5 games coming out of the All-Star Break. But that advantage is basically now gone w/ Cleveland having gone 41-17 their L58 games, which is MLB's best record during that stretch. The four-game losing streak that the Twins snapped yday was a season-worst. They still have a run differential that's much better than Cleveland though and look to have the edge in starting pitching Sunday. I'll call for the Twins to eke out a split of this critical series.
The Twins' breakout season began with them hosting the Indians in the very first series. Jose Berrios started Opening Day and pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings of two-hit ball, striking out 10 in the process. He's subsequently faced the Tribe two more times, both in Cleveland. It was another quality start on June 6th as he again allowed only two hits, this time over six innings (did allow a run). After losing to Berrios twice, the third time was finally the charm for the Indians on July 14th. However, it should be noted that Berrios allowed only three runs in that 4-3 loss. He's off his worst start of the year here, but I have him bouncing back in a major way.
Cleveland certainly had its chances at the plate last night, but went 1 for 12 w/ RISP and left 10 men on base. This team did a tremendous job in pulling even w/ Minnesota going into yday, but that was a "tall hill to climb" and you have to wonder if they'll now be able to get over the proverbial "hump." It's Aaron Civale starting Sunday, just his third start of the year. The first two have gone well w/ Civale allowing only one run in 12 IP (13 K's). But both starts came at home and were against Detroit and Texas. Let's see how he does vs. the Twins, who are #3 in all of MLB in runs scored. 8* Minnesota