The Cleveland Indians open a four-game series on the road Thursday against the Minnesota Twins.
The Indians won their fourth straight game on Tuesday defeating the Chicago White Sox 7-3. Michael Brantley, Jason Kipnis and Jose Ramirez each homered for the Indians. The Indians have won 6 of their last 8 and now lead the AL Central by 4 ½ games over Detroit.
Minnesota sits tied for second in the division after losing on Tuesday 2-1 to the Kansas City Royals. The Twins lost in the 14th inning on Tuesday as the bullpen gave up a walk-off home run. The Twins have now lost five of their last six games.
Michael Brantley leads the Indians with a .343 batting average. Jose Ramirez has a team high in home runs with 16 and in RBIs with 39. Cleveland has a team batting average of .253 while opposing hitters are averaging .243 at the plate against Indians pitching. On Thursday, the Indians will send Shane Bieber to the mound. Bieber, who is just 22, was just called up from their minor league system where he was 5-1 with a 1.10 ERA.
Eddie Rosario leads the Twins with a .302 batting average and a team high in hits with 60, in home runs with nine and RBIs with 32. Minnesota has a team batting average of .235 while opposing hitters are averaging .248 at the plate against Twins pitching. On Thursday, the Twins will send Jake Odorizzi to the mound. The right-hander this season is 3-2 with an ERA of 3.34, 58 Ks and 24 BBs.