Major League Baseball
Cleveland at Minnesota
When: 8:10 PM ET, Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Where: Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Minnesota Twins are lagging six games behind first-place Cleveland in the American League Central, primarily due to their inability to beat the Indians on their home field. Winless in eight games against Cleveland at Target Field, Minnesota, which is a half-game behind the Los Angeles Angels in the wild-card race, looks to put an end to that drought when the teams resume their three-game set on Wednesday night.

The Indians put on another impressive display of domination in the series opener, clubbing five home runs in an 8-1 victory to extending their winning streak to five games. Carlos Santana went deep twice Tuesday to tie for the most homers by a visiting player at Target Field with 14, while Edwin Encarnacion added his fifth blast in as many games. The Twins, who lost for only the second time in nine games, have been outscored 56-16 by the Indians at home but have won five of six in Cleveland this season. Kyle Gibson, who is 0-2 in three starts versus the Indians this season, looks to even the series when he opposes right-hander Carlos Carrasco.

TV: 8:10 p.m. ET, STO (Cleveland), FSN North (Minnesota)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Indians RH Carlos Carrasco (11-5, 3.83 ERA) vs. Twins RH Kyle Gibson (6-9, 6.02)

After giving up five runs in back-to-back outings, Carrasco got back on track in his last start at Tampa Bay, carrying a no-hitter into the seventh inning and striking out 10 over eight scoreless frames. He beat the Twins with 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball at Target Field on June 16 to improve to 3-6 overall against Minnesota. Joe Mauer is batting .440 (11-for-25) with a homer off Carrasco.

Gibson fell one out shy of getting through five innings at Detroit in his last outing, giving up three runs on five hits while striking out six in a no-decision. His only two wins over the past two months were both quality starts and each came at home, where he is 3-6 with a 6.55 ERA in 11 turns. Encarnacion has done some damage against Gibson, going 6-for-15 with three homers and eight RBIs.


1. Indians SS Francisco Lindor, who is 9-for-18 against Gibson, has hit safely in eight straight games overall.

2. Twins 3B Miguel Sano had a seven-game hitting streak snapped Tuesday but he's struck out 17 times in the last seven contests.

3. Encarnacion is three homers shy of reaching 30 for the sixth year in a row.

PREDICTION: Indians 5, Twins 3
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Cleveland 65-52 W5 31-27 34-25 14-10 26-21 19-7 6-14
Minnesota 59-58 L1 27-34 32-24 10-10 25-24 16-17 8-7
Last Meeting
Cleveland Minnesota
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
8/15/17 CLE 8 MIN 1 .297 5 1.152 .100 0 .267
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Cleveland J. Ramirez .345 19 1.081
Minnesota E. Rosario .405 17 1.027
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Cleveland E. Encarnacion 5 9 13
Minnesota E. Rosario 2 7 5
Pitching ERA Avg K
Cleveland 2.36 .265 130
Minnesota 4.61 .201 86
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Cleveland J. Ramirez .308 139 .896
Minnesota E. Rosario .296 110 .841
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Cleveland E. Encarnacion 27 69 71
Minnesota M. Sano 26 72 74
Pitching ERA Avg K
Cleveland 3.63 .258 1176
Minnesota 4.78 .253 829