Prediction, Preview, and Odds
#961 Cleveland Indians 9 vs.
#962 Minnesota Twins -120
Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 7:10pm EDT
Written by Blake V.

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Minnesota leveled the series against Cleveland on Friday night with a 4-1 win. The Twins and Indians will square off in game three at Target Field on Saturday night.

Indians coming off slow offensive outing

Cleveland got off to a slow start on Friday and could not recover. The Indians gave up three runs in the bottom of the first inning and allowed another in the second. Their offense was stagnant for the entire game, as they only scored one run. Second baseman Cezar Hernandez went 2-for-4 at the dish. He was the only player on the squad to record multiple hits. Jose Ramirez, Francisco Lindor and Franmil Reyes were the only other guys to notch base knocks.

Right-handed pitcher Carlos Carrasco is set to make his second start of the season on Saturday night. He made his first start since May 2019 last week, picking up the win in impressive fashion. Carrasco threw 6.0 innings, striking out 10 batters. He was 6-7 with a 5.29 ERA in 2019 before being shut down for the year. Carrasco has been an excellent pitcher throughout his career, going 86-69 with a 3.81 ERA. He will be looking to put last year’s health battles behind him when he takes the mound on Saturday.

Maeda hoping for strong outing

Minnesota got Thursday’s bad taste out of its mouth early in Friday night’s game. The Twins jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Short stop Jorge Polanco went 2-for-4 and left fielder Eddie Rosario added a 2-for-4 performance of his own to lead the team. Nelson Cruz, Josh Donaldson and Max Kepler all added hits. Starting pitcher Randy Dobnak pitched 5.0 innings, allowing three hits in a shutout effort. Tyler Rogers picked up the save.

Kenta Maeda made his Minnesota debut last Sunday. He will look to build on that performance on Saturday against Cleveland. Maeda struck out six Chicago White Sox batters and gave up two runs over five innings of work in his debut. He was traded by the Los Angeles Dodgers for some prospects over the offseason. His numbers were average in 2019, posting a 4.04 ERA and a 10-8 record. Maeda will be hoping for another solid outing to start the 2020 season against Cleveland—a team he has never faced in his career.

Best Bets for this Game

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I like Cleveland to bounce back and grab a win in this game. Carrasco is a big reason, as he seems to have left last year’s issues in the past. He was sharp in his season debut and has some serious value as an underdog. Maeda was decent in his first start of the year, but his numbers from last season are much more concerning than Carrasco’s. Unlike Carrasco, it wasn’t an injury that derailed his numbers. The Dodgers clearly did not think too highly of him, as he was shipped off for prospects.

Prediction: Cleveland +115

Full-Game Total Pick

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I am going to take the under in this game. As mentioned above, I am not high on Maeda. However, he was good enough in his first start to keep the runs to a minimum. If he can repeat that performance, the under should be a slam dunk here. Carrasco is coming off an excellent start and I expect another strong outing from him on Saturday. The first two games in this series have been low scoring and the pitching will be good enough to keep this one under the total again. Nine runs is simply too high.

Prediction: Under 9
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Written By Blake V.

Blake is a lifelong sports fan and hoops junkie. Prior to joining our team at Winners & Whiners and StatSalt, Blake worked for several newspapers and websites. He enjoys combining his beat writing expertise with the knack for finding the winning edge in a matchup. Remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint.