Cleveland Indians vs Minnesota Twins
Where: Target Field
When: Sunday, August 2, 2020, 2:10 pm ET
We have the American League Central to consider for Sunday afternoon when the Cleveland Indians meet the Minnesota Twins for game four of their four-game scheduled series. This preview was written prior to the start of Saturday’s game three and all stats and predictions are based on the completed play from Friday night MLB action.
The teams split games one and two and the Indians intend on starting righty Aaron Civale while Minnesota intends for right-hander Homer Bailey to make the start against Cleveland.
Cleveland Solid Starting RotationCleveland has begun its 2020 season with a 5-3 record and that is currently good enough for a two-way tie with the Detroit Tigers for second place in the AL Central and just a half of a game behind division-leading Minnesota. The Tribe is one of six American League teams with a positive run differential and that’s something we need to keep our eyes on. Cleveland has scored the least runs in the Central and the Indians would be in serious trouble if it weren’t for the stellar pitching they’ve enjoyed to begin the season.
Aiden with a shot to center for a home run! pic.twitter.com/wcdfgbad9i— Tribe Inspires (@TribeInspires) August 1, 2020
Civale (1-0, 3.00) has been a breath of fresh air for Cleveland and is coming off a seven-hit, nine strikeout win over the Chicago White Sox. Civale allowed two earned runs while walking two and allowed one bomb. The righty has eight strikeouts over his brief career against Minnesota, allowing one bomb and two RBI over 29 at-bats.
Twins Dynamite BullpenMinnesota is leading the AL Central and their forty runs scored is the fourth most in the American League thus far this season. The Twinkies plus-seventeen run differential is tops in the AL and second behind the San Diego Padres. Minnesota is more than just an offense; the bullpen has three saves and six holds and this type of production paired with the offense makes Minnesota difficult to beat.
Bailey (1-0, 3.60) has made one start this season and scattered four hits over five innings pitched in a 6-3 victory over the St Louis Cardinals. Bailey allowed two earned runs along with four strikeouts, two walks and one bomb for his first win of the season. Bailey has allowed two bombs and seven RBI with twenty-one strikeouts over 71 at bats against this current collection on Indians.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I like Cleveland in this one. Civale has pitched well and I expect that to continue against the Twins on Sunday. Minnesota has big bats but Civale knows how to strike hitters out and the Twins twenty-seven percent strikeout rate should make Civale a happy camper. Bailey has been a gas can for most of his career and I expect the Indians offense to come alive. I will be taking Cleveland to defeat the Twins in this matchup.
Full-Game Total Pick
Vegas hasn’t posted a total yet but I imagine the number might reside between 8.5 and ten runs. I expect Civale to do some real damage to the Twins but Bailey might get lucky as the Indians offense has yet to find its way. That means we’ll likely see a lower scoring game and I suspect this one ends with a total less than 8.5 runs. Cleveland also has a high strikeout rate and Bailey has the ability to get hot. This one could end up like 4-3 or 5-3 and I will play the UNDER in this contest.