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Moneyline pick, best player prop for Indians vs. Twins on Thursday

We go over some of the best betting options for Thursday’s matchup between the Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins.

Jose Berrios #17 of the Minnesota Twins delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros in the first inning of the game at Target Field on June 12, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo by David Berding/Getty Images

The Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins will begin a four-game series at 8:10 p.m. ET. J.C. Mejia will be on the mound for the Indians, while the Twins will start Jose Berrios. We’ll go over some ideal picks on DraftKings Sportsbook centered around the game here.

Indians vs. Twins, 8:10 p.m. ET, ESPN+

Moneyline pick: Twins -180

The Twins are walking into this AL Central matchup against the Indians as a heavy favorite at -180 odds. Minnesota has won 4 out of their last 5 games, averaging 5.25 runs per game in those victories. Meanwhile, the Indians have struggled as of late losing 3 out of their last 5 games.

The last time these two teams played each other in Cleveland, the Twins won 2 out of 3 and outscored the Indians 21-10. That being said, Minnesota is the better bet on the moneyline as they have Jose Berrios on the mound. Berrios is 7-2 with a 3.56 ERA in 14 starts this season. The 27-year-old pitcher has an elevated ERA of 4.29 at home, but has a winning record of 4-1. In his last four home starts, the Twins are an impressive 4-0 and are 7-0 in his last several outings. Berrios faced Cleveland earlier this season, where he allowed 5 hits, 2 earned runs, 1 walk, and had 3 strikeouts in 5.2 IP. The Indians ended up winning 5-3 in extra innings.

Player Prop: Jose Berrios over 5.5 strikeouts (-157)

If the Twins want to come away with the series opener tonight, they will need another quality performance from Berrios. The 27-year-old has been the Twins’ best pitcher by far this season and quietly has 87 strikeouts in 83.1 IP. He has gone over 5.5 strikeouts in 9 out of 14 outings, including 3 out of his last 4. Berrios is facing an Indians team that does not strikeout often at 8.30 per game this season. However, that number goes up on the road to 8.76Ks per game.

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