AL Central Division Rivals Meet
On Thursday, the Clevland Guardians will travel to start a four-game series with the Minnesota Twins, who are atop the American League Central. The Guardians won the first series at home 2-1, which could affect MLB lines.
Both teams are coming off series facing some of the top teams in the AL, testing their own MLB playoff odds. Both won their series 2-1, winning the rubber match.
Guardians’ Offense Picking Up
Overall, the Guardians’ offense has not been great, which has affected their MLB odds. They are averaging 3.64 runs per game, the second lowest in the league. Cleveland’s pitching staff has done an excellent job keeping games low scoring, making them an option for the under in MLB betting.
Where did this Guardians offense come from?!?!? pic.twitter.com/XOg0Hinedh
— ESPN Cleveland (@ESPNCleveland) May 31, 2023
However, in the last series, Cleveland scored five runs in the first two games, then 12 in the rubber match. That is how the offense has worked most of the time this season, hitting the fewest number of home runs. But in Game 3 against the Baltimore Orioles, the Guardians lineup hit three home runs to win the series.
Twins Hit Slump
The Twins have a two-game lead in the AL Central, 3.5 over the Guardians. However, they have not been playing the best baseball, losing four of the last five series.
— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) May 30, 2023
The dropoff in offense has been a big part of this slump for Minnesota. Over the last 15 days, the Twins have scored the seventh fewest runs. Everyone on the roster has struggled, but rookie Royce Lewis sparked some life into the lineup in Game 1 against the Houston Astros. He headlined MLB news by hitting a homer with four runs batted in his first game this season.
Tanner Bibee (1-1, 2.88 ERA) vs Pablo Lopez (3-3, 4.11 ERA)
Tanner Bibee will take the mound for the Guardians. Despite being a rookie, he has looked pretty good in his six starts, striking out 34 through 34.1 innings. He is also posting a 2.88 ERA, which has been pretty balanced, only allowing more than two runs in a game once.
The Twins will have Pablo Lopez starting his 12th game this season with a 4.11 ERA. While he has been a weak point of a starting rotation with the fourth-lowest ERA, Lopez has been solid overall. His issue has been consistency, having seven starts with two or fewer runs, and the rest are over four.
Guardians vs Twins Head-to-Head
The Guardians won the season series against the Twins 13-6 in 2022. They have already gotten off to a head start this season, winning the first series 2-1, with every game hitting the under.
Guardians vs Twins Game Information
- Game: Guardians (25-30) vs Twins (29-27)
- Location: Target Field, Minneapolis, MN
- Day/Time: Thursday, June 1, 7:40 p.m. EST
- Guardians vs Twins Live stream: MLB.tv
Guardians vs Twins Betting Lines
Based on how these teams have played and their last series, taking the under is a solid bet for MLB picks. They hit the under in every game of their previous series. On top of that, in the last 10 games, the Guardians have hit the under eight times, while the Twins have done so in six games. Neither lineup puts up a lot of runs, with the addition of solid starting pitching.
Pick: Under 8 (-105)
There is a little more faith in the Twins’ batting lineup after winning the last series. Lopez has also been a solid starter, and if he can be a little more consistent, his numbers will look much better.
Pick: Minnesota Twins -134