Lo Duca: Handicapping Price vs. Ohtani, Kluber vs. the Twins
Who knows if we’re even going to play baseball today. The weather is so insane that it even postponed a dome game last night. What the heck. Mother Nature willing, here are two picks for Tuesday’s slate.
Cleveland Indians (-185) @ Minnesota Twins (+166) | O/U: 7.5
Corey Kluber (1-1, 1.57 ERA) vs. Jake Odorizzi (1-0, 2.20 ERA)
7:10 p.m. ET
Kluber has been dynamite to start the year, and it’s a good thing, because the Tribe’s offense hasn’t performed well.
Kluber has pitched into the seventh inning in each of his three starts this year, racking up 27 strikeouts in the process.
On paper, Odorizzi looks like he’s been dominant as well, but while Kluber has walked four and fanned 27, Odorizzi has issued 10 walks against 13 strikeouts in 16.1 innings. To his credit, the right-hander has wiggled out of a lot of jams. He walked five in his last start against the Astros and came away with only one earned run.
Here’s a sneaky reason I really love the Indians. The Twins haven’t played since Thursday. That’s unheard of in a baseball season. A few days off is great later in the season, but not now. You want to stay engaged and your timing needs to be impeccable, especially against a guy like Kluber.
I think Kluber keeps rolling and the walks will catch up to Odorizzi. Play the Indians on the run line! I also think Kluber is worth spending the money for in any DFS format.
Pick: Indians -1.5 (+100)