Twins vs. Rays - 5/15/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Rays (20-16) at Minnesota Twins (19-16)
MLB Baseball: Friday, May 15, 2015 at 8:10 pm (Target Field)
J Odorizzi (3-2) (2.09) vs. P Hughes (2-4) (5.11)
The Line: Minnesota Twins -112 / Tampa Bay Rays +102 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-North, SUN
The Minnesota Twins and the Tampa Bay Rays face off on Friday at Target Field for game one of their MLB series.
The Minnesota Twins are one of the early season upside surprises and they are in third place in the American League Central standings. The Twins are 604 in their last 10 games, 12-5 at home, and three games behind the Royals in the AL Central. As a team the Twins are hitting .261 with Torii Hunter hitting .281, Joe Mauer hitting .274, and Trevor Plouffe hitting .261. The Twins pitching staff has an ERA of 4.13 with the starters at 4.33 and the bullpen at 3.78. For game one against the Rays the Twins start Phil Hughes who has allowed 56 hits and 25 runs while striking out 32 over 44 innings for a 2-4 record and a 5.11 ERA.
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The Tampa Bay Rays appeared to entering a rebuilding year but they are coming off of a three game sweep of the Yankees and are in second place in the AL East standings. The Rays are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 9-7 on the road this season, and they are a game behind the Yankees in the division standings. As a team the Rays are hitting .235 with Logan Forsythe hitting .303, Evan Longoria hitting .281, and Steven Souza Jr. hitting .238. The Rays pitching staff has an ERA of 3.50 with the starters at 3.57 and the bullpen at 3.39. For game one at Minnesota the Rays start Jake Odorizzi who has allowed 35 hits and 11 earned runs while striking out 39 over 47.1 innings for a 3-2 record and a 2.09 ERA.
Minnesota is 10-4 in their last 14 games, 7-1 in their last eight home games, and 2-5 in Hughes’ last seven starts. Tampa Bay is 5-1 against a right-handed starter, 6-2 as an underdog, and 3-9 in Odorizzi’s last 12 starts as an underdog. Tampa Bay is 14-3 in their last 17 games at Minnesota.
Normally I would consider the Rays a strong play here with Odorizzi but with Minnesota at 12-5 at home I still like the Rays but it is more of a lean.