Tampa Bay Rays at Minnesota Twins
|Date & Time||Tuesday June 25, 2019, 8:10 PM (EDT)|
Minnesota Twins -104 / Tampa Bay Rays -104
The Tampa Bay Rays and the Minnesota Twins meet in the opener of a three game set in MLB action from Target Field on Tuesday.
The Tampa Bay Rays will look to build some momentum after earning a series split with the Oakland A’s in their last outing with an 8-2 victory on Sunday. Travis D’Arnaud and Austin Meadows each had three RBIs with D’Arnaud homering while Meadows had a double. Avisail Garcia and Guillermo Heredia each had an RBI and a double with Garcia going 3 for 4 to cap off Tampa Bay’s scoring as a team in the win. Joey Wendle went 3 for 5 and Mike Zunino had a pair of base hits while Michael Brosseau and Tommy Pham each had base hits to cap off the Rays’ offense in the winning effort. Ryan Yarbrough picked up the win in relief to improve to 6-3 on the year after allowing one run on five hits over six innings of work. Blake Snell will start game one and is 4-6 with a 4.40 ERA and 101 strikeouts this season. In his career, Snell is 1-1 with a 5.12 ERA and 22 strikeouts against Minnesota.
The Minnesota Twins will look to pick up where they left off after having to settle for a series split of their own against Kansas City after a 6-1 loss in the series finale on Sunday. Eddie Rosario’s solo home run accounted for the lone Twins’ RBI in the loss while Luis Arraez went 4 for 4 at the dish with a double. Max Kepler and Jorge Polanco each went 2 for 5 with Kepler adding a double to cap off Minnesota’s offense as a team in the defeat. Michael Pineda took the loss, falling to 4-4 on the year after giving up five runs on eight hits while striking out five over five innings of work. Kyle Gibson will start game one and is 7-4 with a 4.18 ERA and 80 strikeouts this season. In his career, Gibson is 3-5 with a 5.22 ERA and 34 strikeouts against Tampa Bay.
Tampa Bay is 0-4 in Snell’s last 4 starts against the AL Central and 2-5 in their last 7 games overall while the under is 19-7 in their last 26 road games. Minnesota is 4-1 in Gibson’s last 5 home starts and 54-25 in their last 79 home games while the over is 20-9-2 in their last 31 games against a left-handed starter. Tampa Bay is 1-4 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
Tampa Bay earned the more impressive series split of the two sides over the weekend, taking a pair from Oakland on the road while the Twins had to battle against the division basement sitting Royals. However, Snell recorded just one out while giving up six runs against the Yankees in his last start and his ERA is over two runs higher on the road than at home this season. Gibson has allowed five or more runs in two of his last three starts, including six runs in 4.1 innings last time out, but I think that the Twins have been playing slightly better over the last little bit so I’ll lay the juice with Minnesota at home here.