September 27 Odds: Can Twins Continue Dominance in Cleveland?

Willie Bee

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 12:32 PM UTC

Wednesday, Sep. 27, 2017 12:32 PM UTC

With the MLB odds delayed for their second game against the Indians, the Minnesota Twins send a rookie hurler out in search of clinching an AL Wild Card spot.

MLB Season Record: 81-83-4 (+1.64)

We’ve reached that point in the final week of the season when sportsbooks are a bit hesitant to release lines too early for games that include teams which have already clinched a postseason berth. That’s the case for Wednesday's second of a 3-game set between the Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians. Adalberto Mejia (4-6, 4.48) will start for the Twins against Danny Salazar (5-6, 4.48) for the Indians.

After blowing 2-run leads twice on Tuesday, the Twins finally put the Indians away thanks to Brian Dozier’s 3-run tater in the eighth for an 8-6 victory. BetOnline closed Cleveland on a substantial -180 money line, and the win left Minnesota one game shy of clinching an AL Wild Card berth. It also was the Twins’ sixth win in seven tries this season at Progressive Field, where totals have gone 2-5 O/U.


Tribe 3-3 In Salazar’s Last 6 Starts

Averaging under five innings a start has been one drawback for Mejia, the rookie trying to be too fine with his pitches -- which has led to higher counts. He has also been pulled early at times by manager Paul Molitor as the Twins try and keep the innings down for the Dominican. He split back-to-back appearances against the Indians in June, losing in Minnesota where he didn’t get much support from his offense or his relievers and tossing the first five innings of a 5-0 shutout in Cleveland.

Salazar is making just his third start of September, with two other outings this month coming in relief. The right-hander combined for just 3.1 innings in the two starting assignments with five runs charged to his ledger, and he could use a solid showing tonight to remain in Terry Francona’s rotation plans for the playoffs. Salazar’s two starts vs. the Twins this year have been good ones, both coming in Minnesota with the 27-year-old combining for 13 innings with 17 strikeouts and only two runs scoring. Cleveland is 9-9 in his starts, and that has cost bettors following him on the MLB odds a hefty 6.0 units.


Umpire Notes, Mother Nature & A Free Pick

Kerwin Danley is slated to call balls and strikes on Wednesday, the 25-year veteran 9-13-1 O/U/P in the totals column for 2017. It’s his first plate assignment in Cleveland in more than two seasons, home teams 13-10 overall when Danley dons the mask, 11-7 as the favorite.

And the Tribe should be favored tonight once the game starts under partly cloudy skies with temps in the low-to-mid 70s. I’m inclined to make my free baseball pick on Minnesota with something still to play for.

Free MLB Pick: Twins as underdogsBest Line Offered: BetOnline

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