Minnesota Twins at Cleveland Indians series preview
By Chris Schad
Friday: Kyle Gibson (8-4, 4.09 ERA) vs. Mike Clevinger (2-2, 4.44 ERA)
Kyle Gibson started the last game before the All-Star break, but only went one inning in an effort to return to normalcy. After his opener cameo, Gibson will be looking to get back on track after a solid first half of the season.
Meanwhile, the Indians will send Mike Clevinger to the mound, who has seen success against the Twins with a 2-2 record and a 3.05 ERA. The Indians righty has spent some time on the injured list with a pair of injuries, but could be an impact player in the second half.
Saturday: Jake Odorizzi (10-4, 3.15 ERA) vs. Trevor Bauer (8-6, 3.61 ERA)
After Friday night’s opener, both teams won’t be messing around as they’ll send their top of the rotation guys to get an advantage. Jake Odorizzi will come off the injured list for this start and missing the All-Star game may be a blessing for the Twins heading into this series. In his previous start against the Indians on March 30, the right-hander was brilliant allowing one run on one hit while striking out 11 in a 2-1 defeat.
Trevor Bauer will counter for Cleveland and he’s been enjoying a bit of a hot streak on the mound as of late. In his last six starts, he’s gone 4-0 with a 2.90 ERA, but that could run out against a Twins team he’s had issues with. In two starts against Minnesota this season, Bauer has gone 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA, but a WHIP of 0.66.
Sunday: Jose Berrios (8-5, 3.00 ERA) vs. Bieber (8-3, 3.45 ERA)
In the finale, the Twins will send their All-Star hurler to the mound as Jose Berrios looks to build off a solid performance in the Midsummer Classic. Berrios has dominated the tribe this year, going 2-0 with a 0.66 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings.
Shane Bieber is in the midst of a breakout season for the Indians and had his one of his best starts of the season last Saturday against the Cincinnati Reds with two runs on four hits and eight strikeouts in eight innings. Beiber has seen the Twins twice this season throwing two innings of relief on March 31 (ER, 2 H, 2 K) and picked up the win on June 4 (7 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, BB, 7 K).