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Hot Minnesota Twins Look to Gain Ground on Second Place Indians

Posted by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 6/22/2013 1:34:58 AM

The Minnesota Twins' season has been one of ups and downs as they appeared to be contenders in the AL Central early on, and then tapered off before getting on their current hot streak. Coming off a sweep of the Chicago White Sox the Twins head to Cleveland to try and make up ground on the second place Cleveland Indians whom they have played close all season long.

Minnesota Twins @ Cleveland Indians

Saturday June 22, 2013 – 7:15 PM ET

Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio

The Indians have been just as hot at the Twins as of late, and after taking two out of three from the Kansas City Royals they were able to keep their two game lead over the Twins. Both of these teams rely on their pitching to keep them in games as neither has a powerful offense, meaning sports gamblers should expect a relatively low scoring game.

MLB Betting Preview: Minnesota Twins

The Twins will rely on youngster P.J. Walters to continue his success as a rookie and keep them in contention in this game. Walters is 2-2 on the year with a 3.23 ERA and has faired well against AL Central teams in his short time in the majors. Although he has yet to face the Indians, it should be easier than facing the Detroit Tigers which he has done twice this year already. Behind Walters is a hot hitting offense that hit four home runs in the last game of the series against the White Sox, which included one from Justin Morneau who hasn't shown much power this year. If this is a turning point for Morneau however, the Indians should be worried as he is already hitting .289 and could become the dominant hitter he once was.

MLB Betting Preview: Cleveland Indians

The Indians will also be sending a pitcher who spent time in the minors earlier in the year, but now through 12 appearances at the major league level Corey Kluber has shown he is here to stay with a 5-4 record and 3.58 ERA. Kluber is more of a strikeout pitcher than Walters, and because of that he tends to not last as long in games as his counterpart. The Indians rarely score a lot of runs meaning sports books will be predicting a low scoring contest, but one player who could open up the game with one swing of the bat is catcher Carlos Santana who started the year out hot, but has cooled down recently yet still has the second most home runs on the team.

MLB Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

The pitching match-up in this game appears to be a wash as both starters have been some of the most successful on their teams despite starting the year in the minors. This game will most likely come down to bullpen performance, which is where the Twins have the edge especially with closer Glen Perkins who has converted on 18 of 20 save opportunities this year, making the Twins my sports betting pick in game two of the series.

MLB Pick: Twins -1.5

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