With two games left before Minnesota heads home to take on Baltimore, the Twins would like to pick up another victory over a division rival on the road. Minnesota was close to sweeping a doubleheader Monday night, but was done in by a late Cleveland rally in Game 1. The Twins have been solid away from home
Of all the MLB matchups Wednesday, the one between Cleveland and Minnesota will provide a lot of intrigue for both sides. While Chicago was a heavy preseason favorite, both the Twins and Guardians are currently ahead of the White Sox in the standings. Cleveland has already lost two of the first three games in this five-game series and will be eager to try and win the final two games to earn a series win and put pressure on first-place Minnesota.
Twins vs. Guardians Stats
Dylan Bundy may be coming out of a funk following a three-game rough patch. Anyone making MLB picks today will see that Bundy has started to string together good starts for Minnesota lately. Bundy has thrown 14 innings during his last two starts and only allowed one run apiece in each outing. The Twins have lost nine o fBunday’s last 11 starts.
So far this season, Bundy has a 4-4 record with a 4.80 ERa and has struck out 46 batters in 60 innings of work. Minnesota’s offense has helped carry the Twins to their early lead in the division. The Twins rank 11th in MLB by scoring 4.49 runs per game.
Minnesota is seventh in the league with a .252 batting average. Twins center fielder Byron Buxton leads the team with 20 home runs and has driven in 36 RBIs. Jorge Polanco is tied with Buxton for the team lead with 36 RBIs. Carlos Correa and Gary Sanchez has also demonstrated power for the Twins, each hitting nine apiece.
Anyone betting on baseball can see Cleveland Guardians pitcher Cal Quantrill has had a tough time during his past two outings. Quantrill was roughed up by the Los Angeles Dodgers and were inefficient against the Boston Red Sox. For the season, Quantrill has been solid and he ranks 39th in the MLB in ERA with a 3.76.
While the Guardians don’t hit for much power, Cleveland is 28th in the league with 54 home runs, they rank 10th in the league with a .247 batting average. Guardians third baseman Jose Ramirez lead the team with 16 home runs and has added 63 RBIs and is batting .299.
Second baseman Andres Gimenez is leading the team with a .310 batting average. Josh Naylor (38 RBIs), Gimenez (35) and Owen Miller (33) have driven the offensive production by all driving in 30 or more runs. Cleveland has had a hard time at home this season. The Guardians have a 17-15 record at home so far this season. Cleveland catcher Austin Hedges is on the seven-day injured list.
Twins vs. Guardians Betting Trends
- Minnesota is 35-42 against the runline.
- Cleveland is 38-33 against the runline.
- The over is 35-37-5 in the Minnesota Twins’ games this season.
- The over is 34-32-5 in the Guadians’ games this season.
- Minnesota is 21-21 straight up following a win.
- Cleveland is 15-18 straight up following a loss.
Twins vs. Guardians Predictions
MLB odds have Cleveland as a -114 favorite. The Twins are -103 on the monelyine. The over/under is 9 runs. This is a big game for the MLB standings. The Guardians have a chance to gain ground on the Twins at home. Cleveland missed an opportunity to sweep a doubleheader Monday.
The Guardians will need to get a better effort on the mound from Quantrill to get a victory. Minnesota’s question is has Bundy turned the corner? He has been better in his previous two starts, but had an extended rough stretch before that. Cleveland will continue to put balls in play and score a win over Minnesota to even the series.
The Twins haven’t had luck when Bundy starts this season and that stretch will continue.
Bet Cleveland -114.