Tampa Bay Rays vs. Minnesota Twins - 9/4/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Twins (71-65) at Tampa Bay Rays (68-70)
MLB Baseball: Monday, September 4, 2017 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)
Jose Berrios (12-6) (3.80) vs. A Cobb (9-9) (3.72)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -122 / Minnesota Twins +112 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN, SUN
The Minnesota Twins and Tampa Bay Rays meet Monday in MLB action at Tropicana Field.
The Minnesota Twins look for another win after winning six of their last nine games. The Twins have scored 27 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in nine straight games. The Minnesota Twins have won seven of their last 10 games when scoring more than three runs. Brian Dozier leads the Twins with 138 hits and 77 RBI while Joe Mauer and Eddie Rosario have combined for 261 hits and 116 RBI. Jose Berrios gets the ball, and he is 12-6 with a 3.80 ERA and 115 strikeouts this season. Berrios is 1-1 with a 5.87 ERA and nine strikeouts in his career against the Rays.
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The Tampa Bay Rays look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Rays have allowed 12 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in four of their last eight games. The Tampa Bay Rays have lost five straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Corey Dickerson leads the Rays with 148 hits and 58 RBI while Evan Longoria and Steven Souza Jr. have combined for 254 hits and 150 RBI. Alex Cobb gets the ball, and he is 9-9 with a 3.72 ERA and 107 strikeouts this season. Cobb is 1-0 with a 2.53 ERA and eight strikeouts in his career against the Twins.
The Twins are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. a team with a losing record, 7-3 in Berrios' last 10 starts with 4 days of rest and 0-7 in Berrios' last 7 road starts. The Rays are 4-0 in their last 4 during game 1 of a series, 7-19 in their last 26 Monday games and 5-2 in Cobbs last 7 home starts. The Twins are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Tampa Bay, 11-23 in the last 34 meetings and the over is 12-3 in the last 15 meetings.
Berrios has been hit or miss this season, but he has an ERA over five on the road along with a batting average of .259. Cobb has been consistent all season long for the Rays, and he has an impressive ERA of 2.34 with a batting average of .210 at home. While the Twins are on fire offensively, it's hard to bet against the Rays at home due to the pitching advantage they have in this spot.