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Minnesota Twins vs. Cleveland Indians Preview and Predictions 09-15-2019


The Minnesota Twins took a big step toward winning the American League Central title Saturday and can put the hammer down Sunday afternoon when they go for a three-game sweep of the host Cleveland Indians. The Twins used five pitchers for a shutout in the opener of a doubleheader Saturday and rallied from three runs down in the nightcap for a 9-5 victory to extend their lead to 5 1/2 games over the Indians in the division.

Miguel Sano had the big blow with a grand slam in the eighth inning of the second game and Jorge Polanco had a two-run homer in a 2-0 victory Saturday afternoon before going 3-for-5, including his 100th career double, with three runs scored in the nightcap for Minnesota. The Twins will send Jose Berrios to the mound seeking his 13th victory in the series finale and the Indians counter with Shane Bieber, who is 3-0 in seven appearances (six starts) against Minnesota in his brief career. The Indians received another quality start from Mike Clevinger in the first game but left nine on base and went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position before coughing up a 5-2 lead through five innings of the nightcap to fall 2 1/2 games behind Tampa Bay for the AL's second wild card. Rookie Oscar Mercado had five hits, including a two-run homer, in the doubleheader for Cleveland and is 10-for-27 during a six-game hitting streak.

TV: 1:10 p.m. ET, FS North (Minnesota), STO (Cleveland)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Twins RH Jose Berrios (12-8, 3.63 ERA) vs. Indians RH Shane Bieber (14-7, 3.17)

Berrios comes in off one of his best outings of the season to break out of a slump, limiting hard-hitting Washington to two hits over seven scoreless innings for a win. The 25-year-old Puerto Rico native had given up 33 runs (29 earned) on 47 hits across 32 1/3 innings over his previous six starts, serving up eight homers in the process. Carlos Santana is 6-for-17 with three extra-base hits and six walks in his career versus Berrios, who is 2-0 with a 2.55 ERA in four starts against Cleveland in 2019.

Bieber has won both of his starts this month after holding the Los Angeles Angels to one run and five hits with eight strikeouts over seven innings Tuesday. The 24-year-old California native boasts 241 strikeouts to go along with just 38 walks across 195 2/3 innings this season but has served up 27 homers - four versus Minnesota. Eddie Rosario is 4-for-14 with a pair of homers against Bieber, who is 2-0 with a 3.22 ERA in four appearances (three starts) versus the Twins in 2019.

WALK-OFFS

1. The Twins need one homer from Rosario or two from Sano to become the first team to have four players with 30 in a season since the 2009 Philadelphia Phillies.

2. Santana needs one homer and one RBI to top his career highs in 2016 when he finished with 34 blasts and knocked in 87 runs.

3. The teams have each won nine games in the season series and the Twins can win it Sunday for the first time since 2015.

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Progressive Field
Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Capacity: 45,274

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Last Injuries

Minnesota Twins

  • Ehire Adrianza

    Oblique
    day-to-day | questionable

    Adrianza is dealing with a right oblique strain and is unlikely to play in Game 3 of the AL Division Series against the Yankees.

  • Max Kepler

    Shoulder
    Prob Fri | probable

    Kepler is battling lingering shoulder soreness, but is expected to be in the starting lineup against the Yankees in Game 1 of the American League Divisional Series.

  • Luis Arraez

    Ankle
    Prob Fri | probable

    Arraez suffered a Grade 1 right ankle sprain but is expected to be available against the Yankees in Game 1 of the ALDS.

cleveland-indians Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Matt Joyce 126 37 191 31 57 10 0 7 23 88 0 43 0 .298 .461 .412
Tyler Naquin 89 77 274 34 79 19 0 10 34 128 4 66 2 .288 .467 .325
Francisco Lindor 140 139 589 100 168 39 2 31 72 304 22 97 5 .285 .516 .337
Carlos Santana 156 156 567 110 161 30 1 34 93 295 4 106 0 .284 .520 .399
Oscar Mercado 112 103 430 70 118 25 3 15 54 194 15 81 4 .274 .451 .323
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Oliver Perez 67 0 122 48 3 38 5 2 20 0 0 3 12 653
Adam Cimber 66 0 168 40 4 53 5 2 27 0 0 0 19 780
Brad Hand 60 0 172 84 4 53 6 5 21 0 0 2 18 946
Nick Wittgren 54 0 170 58 0 45 10 1 22 0 0 0 15 960
Tyler Clippard 53 3 186 64 7 38 8 0 20 0 0 1 15 937
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Roberto Perez 118 114 0 29 20 3 0 0
Kevin Plawecki 58 45 0 19 7 2 0 1
Tim Federowicz 29 23 2 10 4 4 0 2
Aaron Civale 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
Adam Cimber 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0

minnesota-twins Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Luis Arraez 91 81 322 54 109 20 1 4 28 143 2 29 2 .339 .444 .403
Nelson Cruz 118 112 446 80 136 25 0 40 106 281 0 130 1 .305 .630 .389
Jorge Polanco 151 148 626 107 186 40 7 22 78 306 4 115 3 .297 .489 .359
Eddie Rosario 135 130 554 91 154 28 1 32 108 280 3 85 1 .278 .505 .302
Ehire Adrianza 84 54 202 34 55 8 3 5 22 84 0 40 2 .272 .416 .349
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Trevor May 64 0 190 77 3 42 8 1 24 0 0 6 26 1149
Ryne Harper 61 0 163 50 1 54 7 0 25 0 0 4 10 868
Taylor Rogers 59 0 204 89 6 58 8 2 20 0 0 0 10 1054
Tyler Duffey 57 0 170 80 3 42 7 1 21 0 0 0 14 961
Kyle Gibson 32 29 476 157 7 174 23 0 99 0 0 6 54 2725
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Mitch Garver 92 75 2 30 6 6 0 7
Jason Castro 78 71 0 29 7 1 0 7
Willians Astudillo 55 44 0 11 3 3 1 0
Byron Buxton 87 78 0 0 0 2 5 0
C.J. Cron 122 111 0 0 0 8 0 0