TOM STRYKER’S FREE BASEBALL SELECTION WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH
#916 CLEVELAND with McKenzie (-130) over Minnesota with Ryan at 6:10 PM EST
Off back-to-back losses to the Twins and with blemishes in four of their last five battles, the Indians will break out of their funk and grab a nice win in this double revenge matchup. Minnesota has quietly won three straight and this will prove to be a tough spot for manager Rocco Baldelli and his boys.
Surging right-hander Triston McKenzie will toe the rubber for the Tribe. In his last three outings against the Royals, Angels, and Tigers, No. 24 was in a zone allowing only two earned runs and five hits in 21.0 innings of work. McKenzie fanned 25 and walked two on his way to a 3-0 tally with an eye-popping 0.86 ERA. Overall, with 20 appearances in the books this season including 19 starts, Triston has been scratched for only 50 earned runs and 60 hits in 97.1 frames. After the math, that adds up to a 4-5 overall record and 4.62 ERA.
Young right-hander Joe Ryan will make his second career start for the Twinkies. In his first performance at home against the Pale Hose, No. 67 was tagged for three earned runs and three hits in 5.0 innings of work. Ryan struck out five, walked one, served up one home run and was hit with the loss in Chicago’s 3-0 shutout victory. During his three-year run in the minors, Big Joe was nicked for 67 earned runs and 143 hits in 226.0 frames. Ryan assembled a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 326-53 on his way to a 15-8 tally with a reliable 2.67 ERA.
Several lucrative trends support this investment. Cleveland has won five straight in the third game of a series, 23 of its last 31 after scoring two runs or less in its previous contest, 36 of its last 51 as home chalk, and 114 of its last 170 in its own backyard matched up against a sub .500 opponent. On the other side of Progressive Field, Minnesota has slipped in 15 of its last 22 when coming off a win and seven of its last 10 after allowing two runs or less in its previous game.
Back on May 21st, McKenzie faced the Twins in “The Forest City” and he got pummeled for six earned runs, five walks, and two hits in only 3.1 innings. Triston was tagged with the loss in Minnesota’s 10-0 blowout victory. This one will be all about payback for No. 24. Take Cleveland with McKenzie. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.
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