Minnesota Twins vs. Cleveland Guardians: Preview, Predictions and Picks for May 18, 2024

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May 18, 2024 7:36 AM
The Minnesota Twins travel to Progressive Field to take on the Cleveland Guardians on Saturday, May 18, 2024, at 6:10 PM. The Guardians, leading the series 1-0, look to build on their dominance, having won all three regular-season matchups so far. With the Guardians' strong home record (13-6) and the Twins' decent road record (13-9), this contest is shaping up to be an exciting matchup.
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Twins vs Guardians starting pitchers

  • Logan Allen for Cleveland Guardians
  • Bailey Ober for Minnesota Twins

Twins vs Guardians game preview

In the upcoming MLB showdown between the Minnesota Twins and the Cleveland Guardians, the mound features an intriguing pitching matchup. The Twins will send Bailey Ober to the mound, carrying strong season statistics with an ERA of 3.77 and a WHIP of 0.88 over 43 full innings, backed by 45 strikeouts against only eight walks. On the guardians' side, Logan Allen will take the hill, seeking to improve his season performance marked by a higher ERA of 5.56 and WHIP of 1.50, across 45 and 1/3 innings pitched. This clash of contrasting pitching styles and achievements sets the stage for what promises to be a compelling game.

Turning to the Minnesota Twins, their offensive production has shown mixed results. Positioned mid-pack or lower in most batting categories, the team ranks 15th in runs scored with 185 and has struggled with a team batting average of .232, placing them 19th in the league. Despite these challenges, catcher Ryan Jeffers stands out as a key player, leading the team with a .275 batting average, 10 home runs, and 31 RBIs. As Ober takes the mound, the Twins will need their lineup to capitalize on scoring opportunities and provide solid run support to convert his strong pitching performances into a win.

The Cleveland Guardians, meanwhile, bring their own set of challenges and opportunities. While they fare slightly better in batting than the Twins, ranking tied-11th in runs scored and 17th in batting average at .235, they've excelled on the base paths with 45 stolen bases, the 7th highest in the league. However, their key offensive player, Steven Kwan, is currently on the 10-day injured list, which might impact their lineup's efficiency and run production. With Allen struggling on the mound, the Guardians' offense will have to step up, minimizing strikeouts and maximizing hits to keep pace in what could be a tightly contested game.

Cleveland Guardians injuries

  • Eli Morgan (RP): 15-Day-IL
  • Nic Enright (RP): Day-To-Day
  • Angel Martinez (2B): 60-Day-IL
  • James Karinchak (RP): 60-Day-IL
  • Franco Aleman (RP): Day-To-Day

Minnesota Twins injuries

  • Yohander Martinez (SS): Day-To-Day
  • Walker Jenkins (CF): Day-To-Day
  • Byron Buxton (CF): 10-Day-IL
  • Gabriel Gonzalez (RF): Day-To-Day
  • Jair Camargo (C): Day-To-Day

Twins vs Guardians predictions

Here we go, the Twins are rolling into Progressive Field to take on the surging Guardians. I've got my eye on Ryan Jeffers, who's been crushing it lately. I think he's due for a big game, and I'm predicting him to go 2-for-4 with a homer and a pair of RBIs. Carlos Correa's been quietly putting together a solid season, and I think he'll chip in with a couple of hits and a run scored. And let's not sleep on Willi Castro, who's been a sparkplug for the Twins - I think he'll reach base twice and score a run.

On the other side, the Guardians have some bats that can do some damage. I think Jose Ramirez is going to be a problem for the Twins' pitching staff, and I'm predicting him to go 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Josh Naylor's been on a tear lately, and I think he'll keep it going with a couple of hits and a run scored. And don't sleep on Andres Gimenez, who's been a steady hand in the Guardians' lineup - I think he'll reach base twice and score a run.

So, who's going to come out on top? I think the Guardians' pitching staff is going to be just a little too much for the Twins. Logan Allen's been solid lately, and I think he'll outduel Bailey Ober to lead the Guardians to a 5-3 win. The Guardians are playing some of the best baseball in the American League right now, and I think they'll make it four wins in a row tonight.

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