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MLB Odds: Twins Mount Last-Ditch Effort Versus Tribe

by: Philly Godfather - posted on: 07-Aug-2018

As expected, the defending AL Central champs from Cleveland (62-49, minus-14.23 betting units) are in very good shape to retain their division title. But they're not quite running away with it. The Minnesota Twins (52-59, minus-9.81 units) still have a shot at overtaking the Tribe, provided they narrow the gap during their current four-game series at The Jake, which wraps up Thursday afternoon at 1:10 PM ET.

Cleveland have already taken Game 1 of this series, winning 10-0 Monday night as –215 home favorites. They'll no doubt be favored for Game 4 as well. Two-time and reigning AL Cy Young winner Corey Kluber (2.63 ERA) is projected to start for the Tribe opposite fellow northpaw Jose Berrios (3.51 ERA).

Berrios is pitching very well in his second full season in the bigs. The Twins are up 1.63 units behind Barrios on a record of 13-10, while Cleveland is 14-9 and 2.07 units in the red with Kluber on the mound. The Tribe hope to give Kluber some improved bullpen support during this playoff drive; they added relievers Brad Hand (2.92 ERA) and Adam Cimber (3.42 ERA) at last week's trade deadline, along with CF Leonys Martin (.748 OPS).