Cleveland Indians vs. Minnesota Twins
Dates: Friday, June 16 – Sunday, June 18, 2017
Location: Target Field
This is a big series for the Indians who’ve failed to show up against the better opposition faced evidenced by the team’s 10-13 record against +.500 opponents ( -$750 ). Cleveland trails the Twins by two games in the division race, and will look to build on its decent 17-14 road record throughout this series ( -$174 ).
The Twins will attempt to build upon their division lead at home where Paul Molitor’s troops have struggled all season. Joe Mauer and his mates have only secured wins in 14 of their 34 played home games ( -$801 ), and if it plans on snapping its playoff drought, that record best be corrected sooner rather than later.
Game 1 Probable Pitchers - Friday, June 16, 2017, 8:10 p.m. ET ( Local TV )
Carlos Carrasco vs. Nik Turley
The Tribe’s staff ace gets the call in the series opener with the righty looking to improve upon his 6-3 record and 3.36 ERA. Carrasco has struggled of late producing just one quality start in his last five trips to the bump. Cleveland’s won nine of his 12 made starts, and he’s been at his best on the road where his ERA sits at 3.13 and BAA at .191. He threw 6.2 innings of 2 ER ball in a Cleveland 5-2 win at Minnesota last season.
Turley’s stay in the big-leagues will be brief should he get lit up like he did against the weak-hitting Giants in his 2017 debut. San Francisco got to him for eight hits and 4 ER to send him to the showers after just four innings of work. If he impresses, he might be able to stick around longer with Hector Santiago still not ready to go.
Game 2 Probable Pitchers - Saturday, June 17, 2017, 8:10 p.m. ET ( Local TV )
Mike Clevinger vs. Chris Heston
It’s been all downhill for Clevinger since getting out to a solid start to his season. Since tossing seven innings of shutout ball at the Astros back on May 20 to log his second win, the righty has managed just one quality start in his last three tries. He was just rocked for 5 ER in his last turn at Colorado and has conceded at least one home run in his last three starts. Pitcher friendly Target Field should be a nice reprieve.
Cleveland’s won just 11 of its 26 played games against southpaws and averaged just 3.7 runs per game in those contests. You’d think Mejia being a lefty would give him the advantage heading into his ninth overall start, but he enters it struggling allowing 16 hits ( 3 HR ) and 12 ER over his last three starts. He owns a 6.56 home ERA but gets the benefit of the Tribe’s offense never seeing his stuff before.
Game 3 Probable Pitchers - Sunday, June 18, 2017, 2:10 p.m. ET ( Local TV )
Trevor Bauer vs. Kyle Gibson
It just doesn’t look like Bauer is going to turn out to be the uber-prospect many scouts thought he’d be at the beginning of his career. The righty’s 2017 campaign has been nothing short of a roller coaster ride with quality starts followed up with one and three inning duds. He’s 3-5 with a 5.05 ERA through 13 career starts against the Twins, but has thrown a pair of quality efforts at them this season in allowing 10 hits and only 5 ER with a K/BB ratio of 14:3.
Gibson has been a train wreck pitching to a 4-4 record and ghastly 6.79 ERA. Opponents are batting an insane .325 against him overall, so comes as no surprise to see the over a healthy 7-3-1 in his 11 starts. His 4.31 BB/9 average is one of the worst in the league, and he’s allowing 1.3 long balls per nine innings. He took the loss against Cleveland at home back on April 17 when he surprisingly tossed 5.1 innings and only allowed 3 ER.