Cleveland @ MINNESOTA
Cleveland -1½ +141 over MINNESOTA

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Posted at 10:30 AM EST. 

Cleveland -1½ +140 over MINNESOTA

1:10 PM EST. Zach Plesac (RHP - CLE) is coming off throwing 101 pitches against Detroit in his last start. The count marks Plesac’s most in a single game since May 7 but we care not. After that May 7 start in which he threw 112 pitches, Plesac was great in his next start when he went eight full against the Mariners and allowed just two hits. These starting pitchers are being babied so badly that perhaps it’s an extremely positive sign that Plesac threw 101 pitches last time out. Maybe, just maybe, more is better and keeps these guys sharper, as opposed to being limited to 80 lousy fucking pitches and barely breaking a sweat. 

Lewis Thorpe (LHP - MIN) last pitched at this level back on May 20th when the Angels torched him for four runs in four frames in the second game of a seven inning double-header. He was then sent to Minnesota’s Triple-A affiliate, St. Paul where he appeared in eight games, four of those as a starter. At St. Pauls, covering 22 innings, Thorpe went 1-3 with a 4.37 ERA while whiffing 18 batters in said 22 innings. 

Thorpe’s repertoire fueled some big minor league strikeouts prior to this year but that didn’t translate to MLB. He struck out 5 batters in 14 innings at this level this year before the Twins said enough is enough. With sub-par velocity, his swing & miss rate tumbled, his BB% spiked and LHB owned him as HR began to fly. He’s simply too hittable now, which is why the Twinkies left him on the farm for so long. We suppose he’ll be given some time to adjust, but looks like he’ll need a lot of it. At -110 (or thereabouts), the Baseball Team looks like a bargain today but we don’t spot prices in baseball unless it’s an absolute lock (gulp), thus the run-line line wager.

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Our Pick

Cleveland -1½ +141 (Risking 2 units - To Win: 2.82)