Cleveland hosts Minnesota after Bauer’s solid outing
Cleveland; Friday, 7 p.m. EDT
LINE: Indians favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 9 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Cleveland heads into the matchup fresh off a strong showing by Trevor Bauer. Bauer threw seven innings, surrendering one run on four hits with nine strikeouts against Cincinnati.
The Indians are 21-15 against teams from the AL Central. The Cleveland pitching staff as a whole has an ERA of 3.99. Shane Bieber leads the team with a 3.45 ERA.
The Twins are 28-18 on the road. The Minnesota offense has compiled a .272 batting average as a team this season, good for second in the American League. Jorge Polanco leads the team with an average of .312.
LAST 10 GAMES: Indians: 7-3, .294 batting average, 4.91 ERA, outscored opponents by three runs
Twins: 4-6, .264 batting average, 3.96 ERA, outscored opponents by four runs
Indians Injuries: Danny Salazar: 60-day IL (shoulder), Jefry Rodriguez: 10-day IL (shoulder), Dan Otero: 10-day IL (shoulder), Corey Kluber: 60-day IL (arm), Carlos Carrasco: 10-day IL (leukemia), Bradley Zimmer: 60-day IL (shoulder).