Tampa Bay Rays vs. Minnesota Twins MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 4/22/14
Minnesota Twins (9-9) at Tampa Bay Rays (9-10)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)
Kyle Gibson (R) (3-0) (0.931) vs. David Price (L) (2-1) (4.389)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -218 / Minnesota Twins +203 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-North, Sun
The Tampa Bay Rays and the Minnesota Twins face off on Tuesday at Tropicana Park for game one of their series.
The Tampa Bay Rays have been slow starters throughout the years so even at a game under .500 this is better position than they are accustomed to. The Rays are 6-5 at home, 4-6 in their last 10 games, and they are coming off of a loss in their last game. As a team the Rays are hitting .239 with Evan Longoria hitting .324, Ben Zobrist is hitting .296, and James Loney is hitting .271. The Tampa Bay pitching staff has an ERA of 3.78 with the starters at 4.12 and the bullpen at 3.19. For game one against the Twins the Rays start David Price who was roughed up in his last start by the Yankees. In his last start Price allowed 29 hits ad 13 earned runs while striking out 28 over 26.2 innings for a 2-1 record and a 4.39 ERA.
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The Minnesota Twins are a game over .500 and that is ahead of what was expected of them this season. The Twins are 4-5 on the road, 6-4 in their last 10 games, and hey are 1.5 games back in the AL Central. As a team the Twins are hitting .250 with Chris Colabello hitting .353, Jason Kubel is hitting .328, and Trevor Plouffe is hitting .313. The Minnesota pitching staff has an ERA of 4.90 with the starters at 5.31 and the bullpen at 4.17. For game one at Tampa Bay the Twins start Kyle Gibson who is unbeaten this season. For the year Gibson has allowed 12 hits and two runs while striking out 10 over 19.1 innings for a 3-0 record and a 0.93 ERA.
Tampa Bay is 4-1 against a right-handed starter, 9-4 in game one of a series, and 6-2 in Price’s last eight home starts. Minnesota is 12-25 in their last 37 games, 5-12 in their last 37 road games, and 4-1 in Gibson’s last five starts. Minnesota is 7-2 in their last 29 meetings of these two.
While I don’t see Price’s last start as typical the Twins are just the better team right now and Gibson is having a career year, at least to start.
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