Tampa Bay Rays vs. Minnesota Twins - 9/5/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Twins (71-66) at Tampa Bay Rays (69-70)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)
B Colon (6-10) (6.25) vs. J Odorizzi (7-7) (4.85)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -154 / Minnesota Twins +129 --- Over/Under: 10 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN, SUN
The Minnesota Twins and Tampa Bay Rays meet Tuesday in MLB action at Tropicana Field.
The Minnesota Twins need a win here after splitting their last 12 games. The Twins have allowed 16 runs in their last two games and four or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Minnesota Twins have lost seven of their last nine games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Brian Dozier leads the Twins with 139 hits and 79 RBI while Joe Mauer and Eddie Rosario have combined for 262 hits and 116 RBI. Bartolo Colon gets the ball, and he is 6-10 with a 6.25 ERA and 75 strikeouts this season. Colon is 9-6 with a 4.07 ERA and 121 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.
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The Tampa Bay Rays look for another win after winning seven of their last 11 games. The Rays have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The Tampa Bay Rays have won six of their last eight games when scoring at least three runs. Corey Dickerson leads the Rays with 151 hits and 60 RBI while Evan Longoria and Steven Souza Jr. have combined for 256 hits and 153 RBI. Jake Odorizzi gets the ball, and he is 7-7 with a 4.85 ERA and 97 strikeouts this season. Odorizzi is 0-1 with a 4.71 ERA and 20 strikeouts in his career against the Twins.
The Twins are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series, 5-2 in their last 7 vs. a team with a losing record and 5-1 in Colons last 6 starts. The Rays are 9-2 in their last 11 Tuesday games, 0-6 in Odorizzis last 6 home starts and 5-11 in Odorizzis last 16 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.
Neither one of these pitchers has been great this season, but few have been as bad as Colon, who has an ERA over six and is allowing a batting average of .327. Colon hasn't been as bad with the Twins this season as he was with the Braves, but teams are still having fun hitting against him, and it shouldn't be much different against a Rays team that's kind of found a hot streak the last week. I'll side with the Rays here as a fade from the Twins starting pitcher.