Cleveland is trying to avoid its 10th consecutive defeat, in a match against the surprising Twins who won seven out of ten games. Starting pitchers are the reason for why Minnesota has been so successful and also the explanation for the Indians’ surprising meltdown. On the offensive end, the visitors have the edge with Mauer and Morneau scoring homeruns match after match, regardless of the pitchers they face.
Match: Cleveland Indians vs Minnesota Twins
Bet: Minnesota Twins
Odds: bet365 2.10
Zach McAllister has a decent ERA of 3.42 and seems to be the bright spot in the Indians’rotation, but he has being hit particularly hard in his last outing. Kansas City is not a formidable offensive team, but the Royals found the resources to retire McAllister after just six innings as he conceded five runs during the span. Cleveland’s batting squad couldn’t produce more than two runs and so what look like an excellent moment to rebound turned into another catastrophic series. Zach has won four decisions out of seven but he didn’t fare too well against either Mauer or Morneau.
One streak resumes, another continues
In a duel between Scott Diamond and Zach McAllister, the visitors have the first chance to start a new winning streak after their former was broken last night. Boston won and avoided a sweep in front of their fans at Fenway, but the Twins didn’t disappoint the audience. With Scott on the mound they should need less runs to win and a similar performance should have a completely different outcome. It might sound difficult to believe, but against the struggling Indians even four runs could be sufficient if Diamond holds his ground.
Travis Hafner is Cleveland’s designated hitter and he recently added another milestone in his impressive career by scoring the 200th home run on Sunday. The Indians had an extraordinary chance of breaking out of the slump, by scoring three runs in the 10th inning but the Tigers rebounded in the bottom of the inning to secure victory by two runs difference. This outcome signals the fact that Cleveland’s bullpen is just as shaky as its starting pitchers and if McAllister is retired too soon, the relievers could cause another upset.
When something is working smoothly, there is no reason to fix it and with Cleveland being mired in its longest losing streak of the season, it is only reasonable to back their opponents. They will eventually break out of this funk, but until they do I find plenty of value in the 2.10 odds offered by Bet365 and find it difficult to resist the temptation of placing a bet.