MLB Picks: Indians vs. Twins Betting the Total

Joe Freda

Friday, September 27, 2013 11:59 AM GMT

Friday, Sep. 27, 2013 11:59 AM GMT

Friday’s MLB betting has Indians righty Corey Kluber (10-5, 3.61 ERA) facing Twins left-hander Pedro Hernandez (3-2, 6.05 ERA).

The Cleveland Indians have reeled off seven straight wins, capped off by Thursday’s 6-5 victory as 148 road favorites over the Minnesota Twins. 

Indians, Gomes hold off Twins 

Indians catcher Yan Gomes poked a two-run homer to give his club an early 3-0 lead, finishing with a 3-for-4 night. Cleveland’s Michael Brantley hit 3-for-5 from the leadoff spot, notching two RBIs.

Twins outfielder Alex Presley poked his first triple of the year, with him and his mates edging Cleveland in hits, 13-11. Minnesota’s Brian Dozier and Chris Colabello logged one error each, while the battle’s combined 11 runs soared MLB odds OVER the ‘total’ of eight. 

Kluber cashes as ‘chalk’ 

Kluber notched his third win in four starts with Sunday’s 9-2 triumph for Cleveland over the Houston Astros, cashing as a 255 home favorite. The 27-year-old allowed two runs over 5 1/3 frames, giving up a long ball to Houston’s Chris Carter as part of six hits.

Cleveland’s Michael Bourn and Mike Aviles drove in two runs each, uniting to hit 3-for-7. Indians catcher Carlos Santana drilled a homer and double, finishing with a 2-for-5 outing.

Hernandez shelled in Oakland 

Hernandez was lit up early in Saturday’s 9-1 defeat for Minnesota as a 228 road dog against the Oakland Athletics. The Venezuela native departed after two frames, giving up six runs on eight hits. 

Minnesota’s Josmil Pinto poked a solo shot homer, uniting with mate Brian Dozier to bat 4-for-7. Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia left three men on base in a 0-for-4 day, while the lopsided affair’s 10 runs jumped OVER the ‘total’ of eight. 

Back the OVER on Friday 

William Hill opened Kluber as a 200 road favorite, while first setting the ‘total’ at a flat eight. Cleveland’s Michael Bourn (48 RBIs) and Minnesota’s Oswaldo Arcia (14 HRs) are both listed as “questionable” due to wrist and knee injuries, respectively. 

I am adding the OVER in this duel to Friday’s sports picks, looking for Thursday’s sparks to continue here.

Kluber has gotten run support from his squad, with the OVER going 5-1-1 in his last seven starts. Minnesota’s Trevor Poluffe has two homers in 11 at-bat’s against Kluber, while hitting a warm 5-for-12 over his last three games.

Hernandez has given up a 1.48 WHIP and .336 OBP at home, while the OVER has cashed at 4-1 in his last five outings at Target Field. Cleveland’s lineup comes in hitting .268 on the road against southpaws, while piling in 6.8 RPG over its last four contests.


Umpire Tony Randazzo has seen the OVER collect at 4-1 in his last five called games, including 2-0 in American League parks. Look for OVER backers to cash again here with their MLB picks, adding to the 8-3 mark for the wager in Cleveland’s last 11 matchups against left-handed starters.

MLB Pick: OVER 8 at William Hill 

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