Tampa Bay Rays vs. Minnesota Twins - 8/5/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Twins (43-64) at Tampa Bay Rays (43-63)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 5, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)
E Santana (4-9) (3.67) vs. Blake Snell (3-4) (3.08)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -126 / Minnesota Twins +116 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN, SUN
Down at sunny Tropicana Field on Friday, we’ll be getting a taste of the MLB series opener between the Minnesota Twins and the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Twins are fresh off a series against the Indians this week. Minnesota utterly dominated the first three games, and in the Thursday finale they dropped one 9-2.
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As for the Rays, they played the Royals over the past few days. Tampa dropped the first two games, then stormed back for a 12-0 win Wednesday. On Thursday, the Rays took a 3-2 victory.
Taking the mound for the Twins on Friday will be RHP Ervin Santana. In his 20 starts and 4-9 record this year Santana holds a 3.66 ERA with a 1.25 WHIP in 120.1 innings. In a win over the White Sox his last time out, Santana put up six innings with six hits and three earned for a win.
At the plate, we’ve got some notable Minnesota hitters to discuss. Joe Mauer holds 105 hits with 57 runs and 39 RBI. Brian Dozier has hit 104 times with 63 runs, 22 homers and 61 RBI. Dozier logged a solo homer with a pair of hits on Thursday.
Over on the Rays’ side, we’ll be getting another look at LHP Blake Snell. In his nine starts and 3-4 record this year, Snell owns a 3.08 ERA with a 1.43 WHIP in 49.2 innings. Grabbing a win over the Yankees his last time out, Snell went 5.1 innings with five hits and two earned.
The Rays have some nice hitters at their disposal as well. Evan Longoria has hit 117 times with 53 runs, 23 homers and 59 RBI. Brad Miller has hit 90 times with 48 runs, 19 homers and 43 RBI. Miller slapped a three-run homer on Thursday. Logan Forsythe has 87 hits with 48 runs and 29 RBI to his credit.
The Twins are 8-21 in their last 29 against the American League East and 5-16 in their last 21 Friday games. Minnesota is also 2-6 in Santana’s last eight road starts, and 5-16 in Santana’s last 21 starts overall.
As for the Rays, they’re 16-35 in their last 51 against the American League Central, and 2-5 in their last seven game ones of a series. Tampa Bay is also 1-6 in their last seven Friday games, and 0-4 in Snell’s last four starts with four days’ rest.
I like Santana to come out and pitch strong here, and get lots of help from the Minnesota offense. I’ll take the Twins.