Preview: Indians Look to Bounce Back in Final 2018 Home Battle with Twins
CLEVELAND - The Indians and Twins will wrap up another set at Progressive Field today, as the two teams play for the final time in 2018 at Progressive Field.
Wednesday the Twins took home a 4-3 win after Cody Allen allowed a pair of runs in the 7th after getting two quick outs on five pitches.
The Indians dominated the first game of the series 8-1, making Thursday's day affair a rubber match between the two AL Central foes.
Mike Clevinger will look for his 10th win of 2018 as he takes the mound for the Tribe in the day game.
Here's a look at tonight's game with a quick preview.
Time: 1:10 p.m.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Jake Ordozzi (5-8, 4.38) vs. RHP Mike Clevinger (9-7, 3.30)
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1. Mike Clevinger Looking For 10th Win
Indians starter Mike Clevinger will be back on the mound for the team on Thursday, coming off an outing after he went six innings giving up earned runs on four hits while walking two and striking out eight against the Royals in Kansas City.
Clevinger has thrown twice against the Twins in 2018, his last time out looking impressive, going seven innings, allowing a run on five hits with a walk and five K's back on August 8th at Progressive Field.
In his last seven outings dating back to July 22nd, Clevinger has given up just 13 earned runs in 41.2 innings, not allowing more than three runs in any of those outings.
He will look to put the Twins away and take home the series for the Tribe in the afternoon effort.
2. Red-Hot Cabrera
It was another good night on Tuesday for Indians outfielder Melky Cabrera, as he went 2-for-4 on the night with an RBI that got the team to a 2-0 lead.
In the last 16 games since August 12th, Cabrera is batting .392 (20-51) in 16 games, leading the Indians in that span with five homers, 16 RBI and 12 runs scored.
His play along with that of fellow outfielder Greg Allen is a huge reason why the team hasn't been pushing the issue more to go and pickup an outfielder from the waiver wire.
3. The Order on Odorizzi
Twins Thursday starer Jake Odorizzi threw against the Indians back in a 5-2 loss on August 8th at Progressive Field, lasting 4.2 innings, allowing two runs on four hits with two walks and no K's in the eventual 5-2 Tribe win.
He did look impressive in his last outing, throwing seven innings, allowing a run on five hits while walking one and striking out four on August 24th against Oakland.
The Indians have seen Odorizzi four times this season, winning all four games, meaning they should have the edge in the Thursday day game.