Minnesota Twins vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 7/12/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Rays (48-44) at Minnesota Twins (41-49)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 8:10 pm (Target Field)
Blake Snell (12-4) (2.10) vs. K Gibson (3-6) (3.59)
The Line: Minnesota Twins -109 / Tampa Bay Rays -101 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The Tampa Bay Rays invade Target Field to face the Minnesota Twins in Thursday MLB.
The Tampa Bay Rays are keeping their heads above water as the team continues to be competitive following a 4-2 win versus the Tigers on Saturday afternoon. Tampa Bay rode a five reliever pitching ‘rotation’ with Matt Andriese giving up both runs.
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The Rays offense pounded out 12 hits and walked once with Kevin Kermaier posting three hits with a solo homer and a pair of runs while CJ Cron went 3-4 with a three run homer in the 7th inning.
Tampa Bay sends Blake Snell to the mound in the series opener against Minnesota who he sees for the second time. Snell has won four in a row after a 3-0 win at the NY Mets with 7.1 scoreless frames where he struck out nine.
The Minnesota Twins received a big lift from their offense in outlasting Kansas City 8-5 on Wednesday afternoon. Minnesota starter Lance Lynn gave up four runs (three earned) over five frames to get the win while the pen finished off the Royals with a run plated over four innings.
The Twins amassed 15 hits and three free passes with Logan Morrison smacking a solo bomb while Brian Dozier had three hits with a homer and three RBI’s. Bobby Wilson and Jake Cave combined for three RBI’s and three runs with Max Kepler supplying the Twins with a pair of runs.
Kyle Gibson toes the rubber for the Twins against visiting Tampa Bay on Thursday. Gibson defeated Baltimore 5-4 last time out with three runs plated on four hits and four BB over seven innings.
Tampa Bay are 5-14 in their last 19 road games and Tampa Bay are 5-14 in their last 19 games on grass and under is 19-7-1 in Tampa Bay last 27 road games. Minnesota are 6-1 in their last 7 home games and Minnesota are 5-1 in their last 6 overall. Over is 22-7 in the last 29 meetings and Tampa Bay are 20-7 in the last 27 meetings in Minnesota and Tampa Ba are 35-16 in the last 51 meetings.
Snell won this matchup 10-1 earlier in the year and even though Tampa Bay is lacking on the road I’ll back them with their ace on the hill…