The Twins nipped the Indians last night in extra innings and they can take the series in Cleveland with a win on Sunday afternoon. Minnesota’s offense has deserted them a bit, but they don’t need much to defeat Cleveland. With the shutout last night, the Indians have scored just 24 runs over their last nine games. Kevin Slowey gets his fourth crack at the Tribe this season. He’s 2-0 with a no-decision in the third outing. Overall, Slowey is 5-2 with a 3.83 ERA in nine career starts against Cleveland. Shin-Soo Choo (4-21), Luis Valbuena (1-8), Trevor Crowe (0-4), Jayson Nix (0-3), Lou Marson (0-3), and Shelley Duncan (0-2) all struggle with Slowey. Cleveland is 16-31 in the daytime while hitting just .242 under the sunlight. The Twins bullpen is outstanding on the road sporting an ERA right around 3.10.
Cleveland’s Mitch Talbot may be hitting a bit of a wall. Sure, he picked up a win his last time out, but that was against light-hitting Seattle. Talbot is 3-7 with a 6.03 ERA in 14 home starts this season. He gave up 11 runs and 16 hits in his last two starts in Cleveland against the White Sox and Athletics. Talbot did defeat Minnesota back on April 22nd, but the Twins are drastically better now. They have lost just three times since August 29th as they expand their A.L. Central lead. Minnesota is 28-20 in the daytime hitting .280 as a unit. The Twins hold all the edges here and we expect them to get a solid road win this afternoon.