1:10 PM ET, August 14, 2013
Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Cleveland: Carrasco (0-4, 7.75 ERA)
Minnesota: Gibson (2-3, 6.43 ERA)
If the Minnesota Twins continue the way have been performing at the plate, the Cleveland Indians have a good chance if they’re able to keep them in the park.
The Indians will be sending Carlos Carrasco to the mound as he tries to avoid his 10th straight loss tonight while handing the Twins consecutive defeats for the first time this month.
Josh Willingham went deepto give Minnesota (53-64) homers in six straight games, totaling 14 during that span. Th Twins have been able to score 23 of their last 24 runs via the home run, but haven’t been able to come up with much else.
The Twins went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position in Tuesday’s 5-2 defeat, ending their four-game home winning streak. Minnesota is 3 for 49 (.061) in those situations over the last six games.
YouWager experts point out that Willingham is 3 for 23 with two homers in that stretch, while Justin Morneau is 5 for 26 with three home runs.
Minnesota, winners in eight of 12, hasn’t dropped two in a row since a four-game skid July 28-Aug. 1. The Twins will try to avoid that fate versus Carrasco (0-4, 7.75 ERA), who is 0-9 with an 8.49 ERA in his last 12 starts and hasn’t earned a win since June 29, 2011.
The native of venezuela went 0-2 with a 9.88 ERA during a three-start stretch before getting sent to the minors. Carrasco was recalled and pitched one-hit ball over five scoreless innings of relief in a 5-2 defeat versus the Los Angeles Angels.
Carrasco is 1-2 with a 2.45 ERA in five starts versus Minnesota, but allowed three runs, six hits and four walks over 4 2/3 innings in a 5-3 loss.
The Twins will counter with Kyle Gibson (2-3, 6.43) who hasn’t won since, going 0-1 with a 6.41 ERA while allowing seven home runs over his last four starts. The right-hander gave up three runs and four hits — including two homers — in 5 2/3 innings before leaving without a decision in a 7-5 victory versus the Chicago White Sox .