MLB Baseball Betting: Cleveland Indians at Minnesota Twins

MLB Baseball Betting:  Cleveland Indians at Minnesota Twins

It’s first place against last place in the American League Central as the second half of the Major League Baseball season gets underway. The Cleveland Indians slumped into the break losing their last two games and 6 of their last 10. Minnesota, meanwhile, has actually been one of the hottest teams in the American League. The Twins have won 7 of their last 10 though they’ve got a lot of work to do in order to get out of their hole at the bottom of the division. Only one other AL Central team has a winning record in their last 10 but despite that 7-3 run Minnesota is a whopping 20 games out of first place and 13 games out of fourth place.

You’ll often see teams like Minnesota go on a run due to scheduling. That’s not the case here. 7 of their last 10 games were against the AL West leading Texas Rangers who are tie for the second best record in baseball at 54-36. Minnesota went 5-2 against Texas with four games on the road during their most recent surge. Cleveland didn’t regain their footing after their 14 game winning streak ended. Since the Toronto Blue Jays stopped the streak on July 2 the Tribe has lost 6 of 9. A shorterm reversal of fortune often happens after a long winning or losing streak. The scheduling of the All Star Break may have made this worse for Cleveland. The big question is how they’ll respond now that it’s time to get serious and get back to work.

Entertaining pitching matchup here–the Tribe will start right hander Carlos Carrasco who has been very good this season. Overall, the Indians have won 9 of his 12 starts with Carrasco putting up a 2.47 ERA and a 1.096 WHIP. They’ve won 4 of 6 Carrasco road starts as he’s put up a 1.81 ERA and 0.832 WHIP. In his last three starts–two Toronto wins–he’s put up a 1.59 ERA and 1.059 WHIP. He’s struck out 72 batters in 73 innings pitched this season. Minnesota will counter with Ervin Santana who has been awful all season at least until recently. Minnesota lost 11 of his first 12 starts and are 2-2 in his last four but he’s allowed a total of 6 earned runs in those games in 27 2/3 innings pitched.

We’re curious to see how Cleveland will come out of the break and we’re guardedly optimistic about Minnesota’s current form. We’ll take the home team.