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Minnesota Twins vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 7/18/14

Tampa Bay Rays (44-53) at Minnesota Twins (44-50)

MLB Baseball: Friday, July 18, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Target Field)

Alex Cobb (R) (4-6) (4.145) vs. Kyle Gibson (R) (8-7) (3.921)

The Line: Minnesota Twins +105 / Tampa Bay Rays -115 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: MLB, FS-North, Sun

The Minnesota Twins and the Tampa Bay Rays face off on Friday at Target Field for game one of their weekend series.

The Minnesota Twins have had their ups and downs this season but they have landed in last place in the AL Central. The Twins are 21-22 at home, 6-4 in their last 10 games, and they won their last two games before the All Star Break. As a team the Twins are hitting .248 with Kurt Suzuki hitting .309, Sam Fuld hitting .285, and Joe Mauer is hitting .271. As a team the Twins pitching staff has an ERA of 4.26 with the starters at 4.86 and the bullpen at 3.21. For game one against the Rays the Twins start Kyle Gibson who has won two of his last three starts. For the season Gibson has allowed 98 hits and 44 earned runs while striking out 53 over 101 innings for an 8-7 record and a 3.92 ERA.

Minnesota Twins vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 7/18/14

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The Tampa Bay Rays had a tough first half of the MLB season and they are looking to finish strong and be part of the playoff mix. The Rays are 22-25 on the road, 6-4 in their last 10 games, and they won their last two games heading into the All Star break. As a team the Rays are hitting .251 with James Loney hitting .275, Matt Joyce hitting .270, and Ben Zobrist hitting .266. The Rays pitching staff has an ERA of 3.84 with the starters at 3.82 and the bullpen at 3.88. For game one at Minnesota the Rays start Alex Cobb who has won his last two decisions. For the season Cobb has allowed 71 hits and 35 earned runs while striking out 68 over 76 innings for a 4-6 record and a 4.14 ERA.

Minnesota is 5-1 in their last six games, 4-10 following an off day, and 2-5 in Gibson’s last seven starts against the AL East. Tampa Bay is 11-4 in their last 15 games, 8-1 in their last nine road games, and 6-2 in Cobb’s last eight road starts. Tampa Bay is 19-7 in the last 26 meetings of these two.

This should be a good one which means the pick is just a lean to the Twins at home though this isn’t one I love. 

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Minnesota Twins +105

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