Indians at Minnesota Twins Game Thread #7, Thursday at 7:10 p.m. ET

Matt Loede

Welcome to our second daily game thread here on Cleveland Baseball Insider!

We are excited to have you along for the ride and will be doing these game threads often, so tell your friends about it and join in the fun while you watch the Tribe!

Tonight it's the first road game for the Indians in 2020, as the Indians will take on the 2019 AL Central champion Minnesota Twins at Target Field. 

First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. ET on SportsTime Ohio with Matt Underwood and Rick Manning.

After tonight's opener of the four-game set the Tribe will continue their series with the Twins on Friday with an 8:10pm ET first pitch.

Here's tonight's Indians lineup against the Twins in a great pitching matchup between two aces - Shane Bieber and Jose Berrios.

Here is tonight's Tribe lineup against Berrios:

And here is the Twins starting nine against Bieber:

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Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

Three Indians relievers have saves in 2020. Which one ends up as the closer by season's end?

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MWarmuth
MWarmuth

Karinchak

Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

It's certainly not going to be Hand

Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

I'm not surprised Hand isn't warming up for the ninth, but you better believe the Indians are keeping an eye on how Karinchak handles closer duty tonight.

Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

I'll take Sandy Leon getting on base any way we can get it.

Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

Bieber has earned at least one more run of support, right?...right?

Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

Shane Bieber has thrown 43 fastballs tonight. 63% of them have notched a strike.

MWarmuth
MWarmuth

My goodness...now, who pitches the 9th

Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

Cleveland coming up woefully short in terms of clutch hitting tonight

MWarmuth
MWarmuth

Another superlative performance by Bieber

MWarmuth
MWarmuth

A quick inning here, and Bieber might see the 8th

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

Wow heck of a grab by Buxton - Indians lose out on a run for sure there

Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

...so is two runs just the quota of offensive support Bieber gets this year, or what?

Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

Replay sure makes it look like Hernandez just got picked off

Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

First threat Shane Bieber has faced...at all in 2020. Impressively navigated through any trouble.

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

Huge K on Bieber on Donaldson right there

Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

So far, Shane Bieber has kept former Indian Josh Donaldson in check.

Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

If I'm the Indians, I'm exploring catcher options. Sandy Leon just isn't going to give you much of anything offensively.

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

Ugh -0-2 on Leon - this likely won’t end well

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

‪Good AB by Domingo not chasing - #Indians have a chance to break this open - have to take advantage ‬

Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

Strong at-bat by Domingo Santana there, especially after a rough night against Chicago Wednesday.

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

Heads up running by Zim and Reyes - Tribe needs to take advantage of some bad Twins D

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

Am I nuts or are there fans in the stands at Target Field??!!

MWarmuth
MWarmuth

Berries at 85 pitches?

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

Anyone actually ever have Wendy’s breakfast?! Who knew they even had breakfast

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

Feel if the Tribe can maybe get two more off Berrios the way Biebs is throwing that could be more than enough

Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

Seven of Bieber's ten curves on the night have gone for strikes, swinging, looking or foul.

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

That breaking ball is again nearly unhittable tonight

Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

Shane Bieber's K-rate coming into this game was 60.9%. I don't see that number going down much.

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

Only 1 hit allowed by Biebs thus far - problem is that Twins offense doesn’t let up - good hitters 1 through 9

MWarmuth
MWarmuth

Keep adding on

Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

Eight called strikes on 17 fastballs for Shane Bieber. In other words, he's picking up right where he left off.

MWarmuth
MWarmuth

This lineup is relentless. No rest at all.

MWarmuth
MWarmuth

Why did Fox have to subject us to Pierzynski?

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

Let’s hope Bieber doesn’t give the runs right back - if there’s a team that can get 2 runs in almost an instant it’s the Twins

Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

103.3 exit velocity on that Lindor bomb, with a 25 degree launch angle. I’d add in the fact that it was barreled, but it feels redundant at this point.

MWarmuth
MWarmuth

Well, that was needed

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

I feel like this team (Indians that is) is due to have a 8-10 run game - just don’t see it against Berrios

MWarmuth
MWarmuth

15 innings since the Tribe has scored

Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

Good to see Minnesota try to avoid getting burned by noted base-stealer Franmil Reyes.

MWarmuth
MWarmuth

An offensive siesta is not what the Tribe needs right now

Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

Shane Bieber making Polanco look absolutely foolish at the plate.

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

Feels odd to think that Josh Donaldson was an Indian for like 5 minutes

Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

Eventually Francisco Lindor is going to stop fishing that far out of the strike zone. Ideally sooner rather than later.

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

Do they have like 500 cutouts in the stands or what?

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

Berrios always seems to up his game against the Tribe - need to get to him early

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

Welcome to tonight's Game Thread - Indians and Twins ready for action at Target Field - Don't forget the game is on Fox tonight and not STO


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