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Minnesota Twins vs. Cleveland Guardians September 19 Betting Preview
For the last time this season, the Cleveland Guardians will square off with the Minnesota Twins Monday in the finale of a five-game series. The Guardians will host this one at Progressive Field with first pitch scheduled for 1:10 p.m.
After the Guardians took the first three games of the series, it was Minnesota who won Sunday, 3-0. Joe Ryan threw 7.2 scoreless innings while Jake Cave hit his fifth home run of the season in the victory.
Cody Morris threw well for the Guardians, allowing just a single run in six innings of work. Unfortunately, he was the hard-luck loser as the offense only managed three hits on the day. Myles Straw had two of those hits in the nine-hole.
The Guardians are just slight favorites Monday playing at home. They are (-117) to win, while the Twins’ Moneyline sits at (+104). The runline features Minnesota +1.5 (-217), and the over/under for total runs is seven.
Twins Trying To Stay In The AL Central Race
At 73-73, the Minnesota Twins sit in third in the AL Central, six games back of the Cleveland Guardians. With time running out on the regular season, they are desperately trying to stay in contention.
Trying to gain a game on Cleveland, the Twins will send righty Sonny Gray to the mound for the finale. In 23 games, he is 8-4 with a 2.83 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and he has 116 strikeouts in 117.2 innings.
Gray has been solid as of late, giving up just three earned runs over his last 17 innings of work. In that span, he gave up 14 hits while striking out 17.
Gio Urshela has hit Cal Quantrill well in his career. Albeit in just seven at bats, he is hitting .571 with a solo home run.
Guardians Looking For First Division Title Since 2018
Having not won the AL Central since 2018, the Cleveland Guardians are trying to hold off the Chicago White Sox (3.5 games back) and Minnesota Twins (six games back) to win the division. Facing those two teams in their next four games, they are trying to get the week started on a high note Monday afternoon.
Terry Francona will hand the ball Monday to 27-year-old righty Cal Quantrill. In 28 games, he is 12-5 with a 3.51 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and he has 114 strikeouts in 164 innings.
Quantrill took a no-decision in his last outing against the Angels. In that start, he went seven innings, allowing three runs on eight hits, while striking out six.
There are a few players who have hit the ball well against the Twins’ Sonny Gray. Austin Hedges (.333 avg, 2 HR), Andres Gimenez (.375 avg, HR), and Josh Naylor (.333 avg, HR) are all players to watch Monday.
Cleveland Looks To Close Season Series Out Strong
Despite their loss on Sunday, the Guardians need to come in Monday with a lot of confidence. They have won six of their last eight games at home, and they are 5-1 in their last six against the Twins at Progressive Field.
Furthermore, Minnesota is just 3-13 in their last 16 on the road and 6-12 overall in their last 18. Sonny Gray is the real deal and will be a tough matchup for Cleveland, but if Cal Quantrill can do his job on the mound, Cleveland should have a good opportunity of picking up the win in the finale of this five-game series.
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