Native Son Berrios to Pitch Twins Past Indians in Puerto Rico

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 12:48 PM UTC

Wednesday, Apr. 18, 2018 12:48 PM UTC

The crowd in Puerto Rico on Tuesday will be firmly behind Minnesota’s Jose Berrios, who is a slight underdog on the MLB odds against the Cleveland Indians.

Cleveland Indians (9-6 SU, 5-10 O/U) vs. Minnesota Twins (7-5 SU, 4-8 O/U)Free MLB Pick: TwinsBest Line Offered: 5Dimes

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The first MLB game in Puerto Rico in eight years on Tuesday turned into two games for the fans – a pitchers’ duel for four innings and a home run derby the next five. Not only did that play well for the fans at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, it also served its purpose for both the Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins, a couple of teams who had not played in several days due to weather back in the US.

The AL Central rivals now wrap up the short set with ESPN’s cameras beaming Wednesday’s matchup to a national TV audience beginning at 7 PM (ET). Carlos Carrasco (3-0 3.48) is slated to start for the Indians against Puerto Rican Jose Berrios (2-1, 2.18). Heritage is offering Cleveland on a -120 money line with 8 for the scoreboard target.

Carrasco Owned Twins In 2017

Puerto Rican Francisco Lindor broke open a scoreless duel with a 2-run blast in the top of the fifth Tuesday, and three more Indians added homers to help Cleveland to a 6-1 decision that just scraped ‘under’ a 7½-run total. It was Cleveland’s 3rd straight win in the rivalry and 19th in the last 26 meetings. The final also continued a dominant trend for the ‘under,’ which has cashed 15 of the last 20 matchups.

Carrasco is looking for his 4th straight dubya to begin the season, the last two starts coming as pronounced home chalk on the MLB odds. It would also be his 4th straight win against the Twins, whom he dominated a year ago with victories in all three assignments while fashioning an ERA below 1.00. Berrios came out of the gate this year with a complete-game shutout in Baltimore and has accumulated 24 strikeouts against just one walk in nearly 21 innings so far. The Bayamon, PR native has split his four previous starts against the Tribe with a 5.31 ERA.

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— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) April 17, 2018

Umpire Notes, Mother Nature & A Free Pick

Eric Cooper is in line to work the plate for Gary Cederstrom’s crew tonight, his third contest behind the mask with the previous two splitting the totals. The Iowa native has never shown much tendency to either side of totals when calling balls and strikes, 54-57-4 O/U/P now since the start of the 2014 campaign.

There is some rain in San Juan’s mid-afternoon forecast, but that should pass through by game time to leave muggy temps in the upper 70s under partly cloudy skies. The underdogs have done my free baseball picks well recently, and with Berrios amped up pitching at home, I’ll take the Twins to earn a split in the short series.

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