Twins vs. Rays - 6/3/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Rays (22-30) at Minnesota Twins (16-37)
MLB Baseball: Friday, June 3, 2016 at 8:10 pm (Target Field)
J Odorizzi (2-3) (3.36) vs. R Nolasco (2-3) (5.28)
The Line: Minnesota Twins +112 / Tampa Bay Rays -122 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Tampa Bay Rays and Minnesota Twins clash Friday night for game two of their series.
The Tampa Bay Rays need a win here in order to snap a five-game losing streak. The Rays have allowed 22 runs in their last three games and six or more runs in four straight games. The Tampa Bay Rays have an ERA of 4.13 and have lost 10 of their last 11 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Evan Longoria leads Tampa Bay with 57 hits, Steven Souza Jr. has 20 RBI and Brandon Guyer has six home runs. Jake Odorizzi gets the nod, and he’s 2-3 with a 3.36 ERA and 51 strikeouts this season. Odorizzi is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA and 10 strikeouts in his career against the Twins.
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The Minnesota Twins look for consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Twins have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 10 games. The Minnesota Twins offense has heated up recently, and they’ve won five of their last six games when scoring more than three runs. Eduardo Nunez leads Minnesota with 56 hits, Miguel Sano has 27 RBI and Joe Mauer has six home runs. Ricky Nolasco takes the hill, and he’s 2-3 with a 5.28 ERA and 53 strikeouts this season. Nolasco is 3-5 with a 7.33 ERA and 33 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.
The Rays are 8-3 in their last 11 during game 2 of a series and 4-0 in Odorizzis last 4 road starts. The Twins are 17-35 in their last 52 during game 2 of a series and 1-5 in Nolascos last 6 starts. The Rays are 10-3 in the last 13 meetings in Minnesota and 17-7 in the last 24 meetings overall.
The Rays are bound to break out of their little slump eventually, and it might as well come against Nolasco who has been awful this season. Tampa Bay is the better team overall and we're getting the cheap price. I like the road team here to bounce back.