Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians Series Preview

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 23: Catcher Roberto Perez
CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 23: Catcher Roberto Perez /
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JULY 04: Kyle Gibson
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JULY 04: Kyle Gibson /

Game 2: Wednesday evening

Cleveland Indians starter: Carlos Carrasco, RHP
Last 5 starts vs. Minnesota: 2-3, 6.08 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, 11/23 BB/K, 26 2/3 IP
Carrasco has been on the verge of taking the step to becoming an elite start for a number of years. He’s got a tremendous mix of pitches that can keep hitters at bay, and he’s been able to strike out more than a hitter per inning throughout his career. He’s had a solid season this year, though he’s struggled with the home run ball, keeping his ERA higher than one would expect with his raw stuff.

Twins hitters against Carrasco:

  • Brian Dozier, 27 PA, .208/.259/.583, 3 HR, 1/5 BB/K
  • Joe Mauer, 27 PA, .440/.481/.720, 4 2B, HR, 2/8 BB/K
  • Jason Castro, 15 PA, .214/.267/.286, 2B, 1/5 BB/K
  • Miguel Sano, 14 PA, .417/.500/.500, 2B, 2/2 BB/K
  • Robbie Grossman, 9 PA, .125/.222/.250, 2B, 1/3 BB/K
  • Max Kepler, 9 PA, .143/.333/.571, HR, 2/1 BB/K
  • Eddie Rosario, 9 PA, .429/.556/.857, HR, 2/2 BB/K
  • Byron Buxton, 5 PA, .000/.200/.000, 0/1 BB/K
  • Jorge Polanco, 5 PA, .250/.400/.500, 2B, 1/1 BB/K

Mauer, Sano, and Rosario have all done well with Carrasco in their career, but his issues with home runs this year could allow a Twins team that’s been been known to knock out quite a few long balls to take advantage.

Minnesota Twins starter: Kyle Gibson, RHP
Last 5 starts vs. Cleveland: 0-3, 5.74 ERA, 1.95 WHIP, 13/7 BB/K, 26 2/3 IP
Gibson has had mixed results since being recalled on August 5th. He’s thrown 10 innings across two starts, allowing 6 runs, but had a 4/10 BB/K ratio. He’s shown good stuff, but he’s had a bad habit of getting into a bad inning and not being able to get out of it until a couple of runs have come across the plate.

Cleveland hitters against Gibson:

  • Carlos Santana, 34 PA, .179/.324/.500, 3 HR, 5/4 BB/K
  • Jason Kipnis, 28 PA, .450/.607/.700, 2 2B, HR, 8/2 BB/K
  • Yan Gomes, 22 PA, .450/.500/.850, 2 2B, 2 HR, 1/4 BB/K
  • Jose Ramirez, 21 PA, .368/.429/.632, 2 2B, HR, 2/3 BB/K
  • Edwin Encarnacion, 20 PA, .400/.500/1.067, 2B, 3 HR, 4/3 BB/K
  • Francisco Lindor, 20 PA, .500/.550/.556, 2B, 2/0 BB/K
  • Austin Jackson, 17 PA, .188/.235/.188, 1/3 BB/K
  • Abraham Almonte, 13 PA, .182/.308/.364, 2 2/b, 2/5 BB/K
  • Roberto Perez, 5 PA, .400/.400/.400, 0/1 BB/K
  • Bradley Zimmer, 5 PA, .400/.400/.400, 0/1 BB/K

That lineup of statistics doesn’t inspire a Twins fan much for sure, but Gibson has certainly pitched with more dominance than in the past since being called back up. Hopefully, Paul Molitor will be on the ball with calling out to the bullpen if needed!

Next: Game 3