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The Cleveland Indians take on the Minnesota Twins in the final home stand of the season

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If it feels like déjà vu all over again, you are not alone. The Tribe meet the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field with little more to play for than to be the spoiler for their Wild Card hopes.

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Over the weekend, the Tribe finally got over the median for the first time since early April, but find themselves dead even again. Next up is the final home stand of the year. The Minnesota Twins arrive for four games as they sit just 1.5 games back in the Wild Card chase and just 2.5 games ahead of the Tribe.

  • Monday 7:10 PM: Phil Hughes (R) vs. Corey Kluber (R)
  • Tuesday 7:10 PM: Kyle Gibson (R) vs. Cody Anderson (R)
  • Wednesday 7:10 PM: Mike Pelfrey (R) vs. Carlos Carrasco (R)
  • Thursday 7:10 PM: Tyler Duffey (R) vs. Josh Tomlin (R)

The Upcoming Schedule: The final series of 2015 is with the Boston Red Sox.

Playoff Watch: Blue Jays at Orioles, Royals at White Sox, Tigers at Rangers, Red Sox at Yankees, Astros at Mariners, A's at Angels.

Team in a Box

Minnesota Twins

Offense

AL Rank

Pitching

AL Rank

2014 Record

80-75

Runs/Game

4.4

7th

Runs/Game

4.3

9th

AL Central

2nd

OBP

306

13th

H/9

9.4

14th

Last 10

5-5

SLG

402

11th

BB/9

2.6

2nd

Last 30

16-14

Steals

68

10th

SO/9

6.5

15th

Just last week the Twins took two of three at Target Field, winning the first two 3-1 and 4-2, while the Tribe rallied in the finale 6-3. In early April, the Tribe lost two of three in Minnesota and then in early May, the Twins also took of three in Cleveland. In August, each team won their home series by a 2-1 margin. The Twins now own a 9-6 edge on the season.

The Twins have stayed in the playoff hunt by just taking two of three from the Tigers.

Projected Roster

Pos

Player

Bats

PA

BA

OPS

wRC+

C

Kurt Suzuki

R

468

244

621

69

1B

Joe Mauer

L

641

264

712

93

2B

Brian Dozier

R

678

242

773

109

3B

Trevor Plouffe

R

608

245

744

102

SS

Eduardo Escobar

S

424

266

763

105

LF

Eddie Rosario

L

450

265

744

97

CF

Aaron Hicks

S

370

262

732

100

RF

Torii Hunter

R

544

242

710

93

DH

Miguel Sano

R

305

276

937

156

UT

Danny Santana

S

270

212

526

38

IF

Eduardo Nunez

R

195

276

741

102

OF

Shane Robinson

R

192

251

627

72

DH

Kennys Vargas

S

179

247

644

75

OF

Byron Buxton

R

129

207

550

47

C

Chris Herrmann

L

108

150

486

28

C

Eric Fryer

R

22

158

483

39

The Twins hit well in last week series with 8, 8, and 11 hits. Hicks was hot in game one with a 2B and 3B. Dozier had a 2B and 1 HR in the series, while Plouffe had 3 hits on Wednesday, including two 2B. Both Rosario and Hunter hit homers in the finale.

Projected Staff

Player

Throws

ERA

FIP

IP

WHIP

K/9

Kyle Gibson

R

3.96

4.06

188.2

1.30

6.5

Mike Pelfrey

R

4.09

3.99

163.0

1.44

4.7

Phil Hughes

R

4.43

4.72

154.1

1.29

5.5

Tommy Milone

L

4.08

4.42

117.0

1.30

6.3

Ervin Santana

R

4.10

4.23

101.0

1.32

7.0

Tyler Duffey

R

3.14

3.19

51.2

1.34

8.2

Glen Perkins

L

3.29

3.88

54.2

1.17

8.6

Blaine Boyer

R

2.26

4.03

63.2

1.19

4.7

Kevin Jepsen #

R

2.43

3.63

66.2

1.16

7.7

Casey Fien

R

3.67

3.54

61.1

1.09

5.7

Brian Duensing

L

4.40

4.95

45.0

1.42

4.6

Neal Cotts ##

L

3.45

4.98

62.2

1.24

8.3

Trevor May

R

4.06

3.29

113.0

1.35

8.5

J.R. Graham

R

4.99

4.70

61.1

1.42

7.6

Ricky Nolasco

R

5.51

2.84

32.2

1.65

7.7

Michael Tonkin

R

3.98

5.41

20.1

1.48

8.0

Ryan O'Rourke

L

6.52

5.16

19.1

1.50

9.8

A.J. Achter

R

7.30

6.31

12.1

1.38

10.2

# includes stats with Rays; ## includes stats with Brewers

Hughes beat Kluber last week, pitching five shutout frames. Gibson was lit up for six runs on seven hits in just 2.2 innings in the finale last week. Pelfrey's last Tribe start was in August and he too left early. After just 3.2 innings, he allowed 9 hits and seven runs. The Twins however, won that game 10-9. He did have two good starts in April and May against the Tribe. Duffey did not pitch in the last series, but in his second major league start, he pitched six scoreless frames, with just one hit and five walks while striking out seven.

On the Shelf

  • SP Tom Milone [day to day], shoulder fatigue, no timetable for return
  • 3B Trevor Plouffe day to day], illness
  • P Ryan Pressley [60 day DL], out for season
  • P Logan Darnell [60 day DL], out for season

Almanac

W

L

Pct

RS

RA

Pythag

2015

6

9

400

74

64

566

2014

11

8

579

90

63

658

Last 5*

47

45

511

402

403

499

Last 10*

95

89

516

793

780

508

All-Time

1116

978

533

9644

8979

533

*Does not include 2015 stats

Prediction: I haven't the foggiest on this series.