Minnesota Twins vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 6/2/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Rays (22-28) at Minnesota Twins (15-37)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 8:10 pm (Target Field)
M Moore (2-3) (5.31) vs. K Gibson (0-3) (6.10)
The Line: Minnesota Twins +105 / Tampa Bay Rays -115 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Tampa Bay Rays look to get out of their ugly losing slump as they continue their series at Target Field with the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night.
The Rays have been downright awful over the last two weeks as they are 2-8 in their last 10 games and have slipped into the basement of the American League East as they can’t seem to find any consistency at the plate or on the mound this season. Tampa has a pretty solid roster and one of the better rotations in the American League on paper but with Chris Archer’s struggles putting more pressure on the likes of Matt Moore and Jake Odorizzi it hasn’t helped things and as such they have been a mess all season long. The Rays need to start finding ways to win and that starts tonight against a sluggish Twins side that is 5-5 in their last 10 games but are a dismal 15-36 this season. Matt Moore will start for the Rays as he looks to improve on his 2-3 record and lower his 5.31 ERA as he takes on Kyle Gibson who is 0-3 with a 6.10 mark which could gives us plenty of scoring in this one.
The Twins have been a struggle since opening day and things don’t like as though they are going to turn around any time soon despite the play of Miguel Sano who has been smashing the ball this season. Minnesota doesn’t have the legs to stay competitive with the big dogs in the AL Central and are likely to finish at or near the bottom of the league standings and are in line for a full blown rebuild that is already under way with some of the budding prospects they have in the system but a large part of their problem right now is the fact they don’t have a front line ace in their rotation.
Tampa Bay is 1-5 in their last six road games, 0-4 in their last four against the AL Central, and 1-6 in their last seven overall while the Twins are 2-11 in their last 13 home games, 20-8 in their last 28 Gibson starts against a team with a losing record, and 4-10 in their last 14 against a lefty. Both teams are struggling right now but the road team is the one that has a chance to play out of it and while Moore hasn’t been the same pitcher over the last couple of seasons he has the edge over Gibson here as the Rays get one back.