Cleveland Guardians at Minnesota Twins - 6/23/22 MLB Picks and Prediction
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Minnesota Twins (38-31) vs Cleveland Guardians (35-28)
Game Info: Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 1:10 pm (Target Field)
Devin Smeltzer (3-1) (3.52) vs Zach Plesac (2-4) (4.41)
Betting Odds: Minnesota Twins -142 / Cleveland Guardians +125 --- Over/Under: 9 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Guardians face off on Thursday in an MLB showdown at PNC Park. The Guardians have won the first two games of this series. On Wednesday the Guardians scored four runs in the 9th inning to secure the one-run victory.
The Twins come into this game with a 38-32 record overall, but they have shown some major holes, especially with their pitching. In each of the last two games the Twins bullpen has blown the game late. If this Twins team wants to get back on the right track, they need to go out some pitching help. The Twins offense has been strong this year and they are averaging 4.4 runs per game.
On the other side of this matchup is the Guardians who sit with a 36-28 record overall and on Wednesday they scored 11 runs. There were questions about what this team would be heading into the season, but they currently sit in first place in the American League Central. The Guardians are averaging 4.58 runs per game which is 12th in baseball. Jose Ramirez has hit 16 home runs and driven in 62 RBIs.
On the mound for the Twins is Devin Smeltzer who sits with a 3-1 record and an ERA of 3.52. In his last start against the Arizona Diamondbacks, he went 4.1 innings giving up nine hits and seven runs.
On the mound for the Guardians is Zach Plesac who sits with a 2-4 record and an ERA of 4.41. In his last start against the Los Angeles Dodgers, he went six innings giving up five hits and one run.
The Twins are 0-5 in their last five games played on Thursday. The over is 3-0-1 in Smeltzer’s last four starts overall. The over is 8-1-1 in the Twins last ten games overall.
Smeltzer really struggled in his last start giving up seven runs, and the Guardians' offense has been elite coming into this game. The Twins aren’t going to have enough offense here, and Cleveland will secure the victory. I am also throwing a few dollars on the Guardians on the reverse run line.
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