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Guardians and Twins vie for season series lead in Wednesday's matchup

by Mike Spector | Cleveland Guardians Correspondent |
Wed, Jun 22nd 9:16am EDT

The Cleveland Guardians and Minnesota Twins have split their four head-to-head matchups this season, and each vies for the season series lead in Wednesday's matchup.

Betting Impact:

The Twins are -150 moneyline favorites, per BettingPros consensus odds. Tonight’s pitching matchup is between Triston McKenzie (4-5, 2.96) and Sonny Gray (3-1, 2.09). Gray was shelved for 17 days with a right pectoral injury, but you wouldn't have known it with how he pitched in his first start back from the IL. Gray pitched five scoreless innings and allowed just three hits on the road against the Mariners. Before going on the IL, Gray had allowed just one earned run in 13 innings over two starts against division rivals Detroit and Kansas City. McKenzie's 5.9 H/9 rate leads the league, but his 7.8 K/9 rate has dropped significantly after two years of posting rates of 11.3 and 10.2. McKenzie has struggled mightily against Minnesota in his career, going 1-4 with a 5.40 ERA in five starts, and has been rocked for six home runs (most he has allowed to any club) in 26.2 innings.

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