Cleveland Guardians (62-69) at Minnesota Twins (68-63)
Game Info: Monday, August 28th, 2023 at 7:40 p.m. EST (Target Field)
Betting Odds: Guardians ML (+140) - Over/Under (8.5)
Pick: Guardians ML (+140)
Monday night takes us to Target Field where the Cleveland Guardians open up a series with the Minnesota Twins on the road. Cleveland will be looking for a crucial victory as they look to get themselves back in the American League Central division title race, while Minnesota will be looking to pick up a victory to put some distance between themselves and Cleveland for first place in the American League Central division.
Cleveland is coming off of a successful weekend series where they took two out of three games from the Toronto Blue Jays on the road in Canada. They currently find themselves five games out of first place in the American League Central division, and they will be looking to use this series against Minnesota to re-insert themselves in the conversation to make the playoffs in the American League. This is a team that had a ton of expectations coming into the season but they have not quite lived up to those expectations this year but if one thing has been shown during Tito Francona time in Cleveland, it’s that this is a second half baseball club and there’s a lot of time left in the year.
Cleveland will likely be having a bullpen day out on the mound with Xzavion Curry getting the baseball to open up this series. He comes into this game with three victories to his name on the season and he has been primarily used as a reliever to eat up innings at certain times earlier in the year before transitioning to a fifth starter for the last couple of months. Cleveland comes into this game with a record of 62-69 through the first 131 games of the 2023 Major League Baseball season. They have picked up four victories in their last 10 games on the season and that is something they will need to improve on if they want to threaten Minnesota for the lead in the American League Central division coming down the final stretch of the season.
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It has been an up-and-down season for Minnesota and they should count themselves. Lucky that they currently lead the American League Central division. You can confidently argue that if Cleveland had a dependable bullpen this season, they would likely be five or more games ahead of Minnesota for first place in the division, however, Cleveland has stepped and and tripped over their own feet more than enough times to count throughout the year so far. Luckily, for Minnesota they have managed to take advantage of that with timely victories, but with several head to head games remaining against Cleveland this season, they will still have to take care of business as we get closer to heading into the last month of the year.
Minnesota will be looking to capitalize off of the momentum after their successful weekend against the Texas Rangers where they took three out of four games from one of the best teams in the American League. Minnesota comes into the opening game of this series with a record of 68-63 through the first 131 games of a 2023 Major League Baseball season. Minnesota is currently on a one game winning streak and they have picked up five victories in their last 10 games of the season. They will also be looking to extend their current five game lead in the American League Central division with a victory over Cleveland here on Monday night
Betting trends to consider in this matchup:
- Cleveland has won two in a row in Minnesota
- Cleveland is 4-3 against Minnesota this season
- Cleveland can win the season series with a sweep
I expect Cleveland to grab the victory in the opening game of the series on Monday night against Minnesota on the road at Target Field. Cleveland seems to be a team that always comes on late in the year and I expect them to pick it up from here on out and that includes grabbing a comfortable victory in the opening game of the series on Monday night.
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