Twins vs Guardians Prediction - MLB Picks 5/5/23

Cleveland Guardians (14-17) vs Minnesota Twins (17-14)

Game Info: Friday, May 5, 2023 at 7:10 pm (Progressive Field)

Peyton Battenfield (0-2) (4.67) vs Bailey Ober (1-0) (1.59)

Betting Odds: Cleveland Guardians -116 / Minnesota Twins -105 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Guardians face off on Friday in an MLB showdown at Progressive Field. 

Twins Betting Preview

The Twins sit with an 18-14 record overall and on Thursday it took 12 innings, but they were able to secure the 7-3 victory. Carlos Correa hit a home run and finished with two runs driven in. The Twins are averaging 4.52 runs while their pitching is giving up 3.77 runs per game. The offense is ranked 13th best in the league while the pitching is ranked 6th. On the mound for the Twins will be Bailey Ober who sits with a 1-0 record and an ERA of 1.59. In two starts this season he has given up only two runs total. 

Guardians Betting Preview

The Guardians come into this game with a 14-17 record overall and they are coming off another loss on Wednesday. The Guardians scored three runs against the New York Yankees but it wasn’t enough as they lost in extra innings. The Guardians are averaging 3.74 runs while their defense is giving up 4.36 runs per game. The offense is ranked 25th in the league while the defense is ranked 11th. Josh Naylor has hit three home runs and driven in 18 RBIs. On the mound for the Guardians is Peyton Battenfield who sits with an 0-2 record and an ERA of 4.67. In 17.1 innings so far this season he has given nine runs. 

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Twins vs Guardians Trends

Under is 7-0 in Guardians last 7 during game 1 of a series. Under is 7-0 in Obers last 7 starts on grass. Under is 6-0 in Ober's last 6 starts vs. a team with a losing record. Under is 6-0 in Ober's last 6 starts vs. American League Central. Under is 6-0 in Obers last 6 starts during game 1 of a series. Under is 5-0 in Guardians last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.

Shane’s Free Pick

Ober has been lights out in his first two starts and he’s going to lockdown again in this game. Ober is going to hold the Guardians to only a run or two and that is going to be the difference as the Twinsa re going to find success. Back the Twins on the money line. This game is also going to be lower scoring and the under is going to cash. 

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