Minnesota Twins (72-66) at Cleveland Guardians (66-72)
Game Info: Tuesday, September 5th, 2023 at 6:10 p.m. EST (Progressive Field)
Betting Odds: Guardians ML (-105) - Over/Under (8)
Pick: Guardians ML (-105)
Tuesday night takes us to Cleveland, Ohio and Progressive Field where the Cleveland Guardians will host the Minnesota Twins in the second game of this massive three game series. This series will go a long way in determining who wins the American League Central division title race with the regular season quickly coming to an end. As both of these teams are looking to make their way into the postseason at the end of the 2023 Major League Baseball regular season.
Minnesota comes into the second game of the series against Cleveland after blowing out the Cleveland Guardians in the opening game of the series on Monday night on the road. It was an absolute offensive massacre by the Minnesota Twins in the opening game of the series on Monday night in Cleveland and they will be looking to replicate that performance here on Tuesday night to officially clinch the series as well as set up an opportunity to sweep Cleveland on Wednesday as well. More importantly, for Minnesota they gained another game on Cleveland in the American League Central division title race as they now lead Cleveland by six games coming into game number two of the series on Tuesday evening.
They will send Sonny Gray to the mound for this one on Tuesday and he will be looking to get the job done after Pablo Lopez shut down the Guardians on Monday. The Twins come into the second game of this series with a record of 72-66 through their first 138 games of the 2023 Major League Baseball season. They will be looking to pick up yet another victory and grab their fourth victory in their last five games with a win here on Tuesday night against Cleveland. Another victory over the Guardians here on Tuesday evening could almost all, but officially close the door on the American League Central division title race as well as it would put Minnesota seven games up, heading into the finale of their series against Cleveland on Wednesday.
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Cleveland has been red hot over the last week and a half but they looked completely awful in the opening game of the series against Minnesota on Monday night. As they gave up 20 runs to Minnesota and their lineup came nowhere close to matching the output that Minnesota had at the plate in the opening game of their series on Monday night at home. Now Cleveland will have to bounce back with a victory if they want to keep their hopes alive of making the postseason as they cannot afford to go any farther back behind Minnesota than they are right now. As they currently find themselves six games out of first place coming into the second game of this three-game series, and they also have the tiebreaker on the line as they need one more victory over Minnesota to take the seasons tiebreaker, which could come into play if the two teams finish tired after their 162nd game of the season.
The Cleveland Guardians come into the second game of this series with a record of 66-72 through their first 138 games of the 2023 Major League Baseball season. At this point in the season every game feels like a must win game for them and if they miss out on the playoffs this season will feel like a huge failure. Especially after the way that they played last season, winning the American League Central division, and nearly making it to the American League Championship Series as well. This is a team that is clearly regressed this season, and their bullpen has been a massive issue as it has cost them well over 20 games on the year.
Betting trends to consider in this matchup:
- Cleveland is 39-32 after a loss
- Cleveland leads the season series 6-5
- Minnesota is 32-37 on the road
With Tanner Bibee getting the baseball for the second game of the series, I have to give the edge to the Cleveland Guardians. As I look for him to pitch them to a much-needed victory in the second game of the series and for Cleveland to bounce back in what feels like their biggest game of the season to date. As I look for Cleveland to grab a comfortable victory over Minnesota here on Tuesday night at home.
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