Tampa Bay Rays vs. Minnesota Twins MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/24/14
Minnesota Twins (9-10) at Tampa Bay Rays (10-10)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 1:10 pm (Tropicana Field)
Ricky Nolasco (R) (1-2) (6.084) vs. Erik Bedard (L) (0-0) (9.809)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -143 / Minnesota Twins +133 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-N, Sun Sports
The Minnesota Twins and Tampa Bay Rays will meet Thursday afternoon in a rubber game that will decide a three-game series.
The Twins have won four of their last seven games, including a 6-4 win on Wednesday in the 12th inning. The Twins continue to rely on their offense to win games, as they are now 10-3 this season when scoring four or more runs. Chris Colabello has been the leader of the Twins offense with 27 hits and 26 RBI, and he has three hits in this series, including a homerun in each game. Ricky Nolasco gets the nod for the Twins, and he’s 1-2 on the season with a 6.08 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 23.2 innings. Nolasco is 2-5 with a 7.05 ERA in seven career starts against the Rays.
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The Rays have won three of their last five games and have also been a hit or miss offensively this season. Evan Longoria is leading the charge for the Rays, and he has 25 hits and 11 RBI. The Rays are 3-9 in the 12 games they’ve scored three or less runs this season, as their pitching staff hasn’t quite lived up to expectations early on. One pitcher hoping to change that is Erik Bedard, who has pitched in 5.2 innings this season and has allowed four earned runs. Bedard has three strikeouts in the limited action and is 3-5 with a 4.04 ERA in 14 career starts against the Twins.
The Twins are 5-13 in their last 18 games as a road underdog and 5-1 in their last 6 during game 3 of a series. The Rays are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series and 19-8 in their last 27 games as a favorite.
I just can't pick a pitcher like Nolasco, who has allowed five runs each in three of his first four starts. Not exactly thrilled with the juice we're getting with the Rays, but hey, a winner is a winner, I guess.
Take the Rays.