The Cleveland Guardians open a three game series on the road Friday against the Minnesota Twins. Cleveland is 70-65 following its 2-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday. The loss snapped a two-game winning streak for Cleveland but the Guardians have lost six of the last eight. Cleveland is first in the American League Central, two games ahead of both Minnesota and Chicago.
Andres Gimenez is batting .305 to lead Cleveland and the second baseman has a team high .372 on-base percentage. Third baseman Jose Ramirez is the leader in home runs with 26 and in RBIs with 108 while shortstop Amed Rosario is the leader in hits with 146. On Friday, the Cleveland Guardians will send Cal Quantrill to the mound. The right-hander is 11-5 with a 3.55 ERA, 101 Ks and 42 BBs.
Minnesota dropped to 68-67 following its 7-1 loss to the New York Yankees on Wednesday. Minnesota was swept in a doubleheader on Wednesday by the Yankees losing the opener 5-4 and the previously mentioned nightcap. Minnesota was swept in its three-game series with New York and the Twins have lost six of the last seven. Minnesota is second in the American League Central, two games behind the first-place Cleveland Guardians. You can learn more about the baseball world and make educated picks with our MLB picks.
First baseman Luis Arraez is batting .314 to lead Minnesota and has team highs in hits with 147 and on-base percentage at .377. With Byron Buxton out injured, the leader in home runs is Carlos Correa with 13 while the leader in RBIs is Jose Miranda with 60. On Friday, the Minnesota Twins will send Dylan Bundy to the mound. The right-hander is 8-6 with a 4.34 ERA, 84 Ks and 25 BBs.