Cleveland Guardians vs Minnesota Twins Picks and Predictions May 19th 2024

Cleveland Guardians vs Minnesota Twins MLB Sun, May 19, 13:40 pm.
Cleveland Guardians
ML: -115
Minnesota Twins
ML: -105

Guardians Set to Sweep Twins in Crucial Series Finale

The Cleveland Guardians are on the verge of completing a three-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins, thanks to their home-field advantage and recent offensive explosion. With right-hander Tanner Bibee taking the mound, the Guardians aim to hand the Twins their sixth straight loss.

Cleveland Guardians’ Home Success

The Guardians have been a force to be reckoned with at home, winning 14 out of 20 games at Progressive Field this season. They’ve clinched victories in six of the seven series played in Cleveland, showing consistent dominance. Cleveland, the American League Central leader, has only lost six times in 20 home games this season.

Tyler Freeman’s Breakout Game

Tyler Freeman had a career-high four hits and three RBIs in the Guardians’ 11-4 victory on Saturday. Filling in as the leadoff hitter with Steven Kwan sidelined, Freeman is 8-for-17 with six runs scored in the past five games. “He’s found a really good stride, and this is all a credit to him,” Cleveland manager Stephen Vogt said of Freeman.

Jose Ramirez’s Hot Streak

Jose Ramirez continues to be a key player for Cleveland, batting .340 with six home runs and 16 RBIs over the past 13 games. His eighth-inning homer on Friday was pivotal in securing a 3-2 victory in the series opener. Ramirez hit a two-run homer for one of his three hits during Saturday’s rout of the Twins.

Pitching Matchups

Tanner Bibee’s Challenge

Tanner Bibee (2-1, 4.34 ERA) will start for Cleveland. While he has a strong road record, he’s struggled at home with an 8.05 ERA. However, he has performed well against the Twins, holding a 3.54 ERA in four career starts against them. In his last outing against Minnesota on April 4, he gave up just a solo homer to Edouard Julien, four other hits, and struck out nine without a walk in 5 1/3 innings, leading the Guardians to a 4-2 victory. “These games inherently mean the most,” Bibee said. “The division can decide whether we go to the playoffs or not, so it’s important to win these games.”

Chris Paddack’s Potential

Chris Paddack (4-2, 4.89 ERA) will start for Minnesota. Paddack has been adjusting his pitch arsenal and has shown potential despite a rough start against the Yankees. Before giving up five runs, 12 hits, and two walks in five innings on Tuesday against the Yankees, he had won four straight starts. His ability to control his pitches will be crucial against the Guardians. “There’s a lot of positives to take away,” Paddack said, referring to his stuff and pitch execution.

Minnesota Twins’ Struggles

The Twins are on a five-game losing streak, struggling offensively with a .181 batting average and 48 strikeouts in four games against Cleveland this season. They’ve been outscored 28-7 during this losing streak following a 17-3 stretch. Carlos Correa remains optimistic about turning things around. “It’s one of those stretches, show up tomorrow and keep doing more of the same and hopefully we end up with a win,” Correa told the Twins’ official website.


The Cleveland Guardians, led by Tanner Bibee and fueled by offensive standouts Tyler Freeman and Jose Ramirez, are well-positioned to complete a sweep against the struggling Minnesota Twins. With crucial division implications on the line, the series finale promises to be a pivotal encounter.

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Cleveland Guardians
O 7.5
Minnesota Twins
U 7.5
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