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Minnesota Twins vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 6/26/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Tampa Bay Rays at Minnesota Twins
Date & Time Wednesday June 26, 2019, 8:10 PM (EDT)
Location
Target Field
Minneapolis, MN
The Line
Minnesota Twins -115 / Tampa Bay Rays -105
TV Channel
FS-North
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The Tampa Bay Rays and the Minnesota Twins meet in game two of their three game set in MLB action from Target Field on Wednesday.

The Tampa Bay Rays will look to even up the set and find some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last five games following a series-opening 9-4 loss to the Twins on Tuesday. Michael Brosseau had a double and two RBIs while Willy Adames went 2 for 2 with a solo home run and Brandon Lowe had a triple and an RBI to round out Tampa Bay’s scoring as a team in the win. Joey Wendle had a double while Travis D’Arnaud and Tommy Pham each added a base knock in the winning effort for the Rays. Blake Snell took the loss, falling to 4-7 on the year after allowing seven runs on 11 hits while striking out four over 3.1 innings of work. Charlie Morton will start game two and is 8-1 with a 2.31 ERA and 113 strikeouts this season. In his career, Morton is 2-0 with a 4.58 ERA and 21 strikeouts against Minnesota.

The Minnesota Twins will look to win the set and push for a sweep on Thursday after a series opening win on Tuesday. Mitch Garver led the Twins with three RBIs going 3 for 5 with a home run while Eddie Rosario went 4 for 5 with a double and two RBIs. Jonathan Schoop had a solo home run and Willians Astudillo went 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI. Jorge Polanco and C.J. Cron each had RBIs as well to round out Minnesota’s scoring as a team in the win while Miguel Sano and Nelson Cruz each added base knocks as well to finish off the Twins’ offense in victory. Kyle Gibson got the victory, improving to 8-4 on the year after allowing four runs on seven hits while striking out seven over seven innings of work. Jake Odorizzi will start game two and is 10-3 with a 2.58 ERA and 87 strikeouts this season. In his career, Odorizzi is 1-0 with a 4.35 ERA and 12 strikeouts against Tampa Bay.

Tampa Bay is 2-5 in their last 7 games overall and 7-2 in Morton’s last 9 road starts while the under is 19-7 in their last 26 road games. Minnesota is 11-1 in Odorizzi’s last 12 starts and 13-3 in Odorizzi’s last 16 home starts while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 Wednesday games.

Odorizzi has allowed four runs in back to back starts, for a total of eight runs in ten innings, while Morton has allowed two runs or less in 13 of his 16 starts this season, so Tampa Bay wouldn’t be a crazy pick. However, Tampa Bay is struggling to find consistency right now, and in all fairness, Odorizzi’s rough patch aside, the Twins are almost money with Odorizzi on the mound, winning 11 of his last 12 starts. You also have to imagine that Odorizzi will be amped up to get a shot at his former team, so I’ll lay the low line with what I feel is the better team, and that’s Minnesota.

Pick:
Minnesota Twins -115

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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