Cleveland Indians vs Minnesota Twins
Where: Target Field
When: Sunday, August 2, 2020, 2:10 pm ET
We have the American League Central to consider for Sunday afternoon when the Cleveland Indians meet the Minnesota Twins for game four of their four-game scheduled series. This preview was written prior to the start of Saturday’s game three and all stats and predictions are based on the completed play from Friday night MLB action.
The teams split games one and two and the Indians intend on starting righty Aaron Civale while Minnesota intends for right-hander Homer Bailey to make the start against Cleveland.
Cleveland Solid Starting RotationCleveland has begun its 2020 season with a 5-3 record and that is currently good enough for a two-way tie with the Detroit Tigers for second place in the AL Central and just a half of a game behind division-leading Minnesota. The Tribe is one of six American League teams with a positive run differential and that’s something we need to keep our eyes on. Cleveland has scored the least runs in the Central and the Indians would be in serious trouble if it weren’t for the stellar pitching they’ve enjoyed to begin the season.
Civale (1-0, 3.00) has been a breath of fresh air for Cleveland and is coming off a seven-hit, nine strikeout win over the Chicago White Sox. Civale allowed two earned runs while walking two and allowed one bomb. The righty has eight strikeouts over his brief career against Minnesota, allowing one bomb and two RBI over 29 at-bats.
Bailey (1-0, 3.60) has made one start this season and scattered four hits over five innings pitched in a 6-3 victory over the St Louis Cardinals. Bailey allowed two earned runs along with four strikeouts, two walks and one bomb for his first win of the season. Bailey has allowed two bombs and seven RBI with twenty-one strikeouts over 71 at bats against this current collection on Indians.