Minnesota Twins at Tampa Bay Rays
|Date & Time||Saturday June 1, 2019, 1:10 PM (EDT)|
Minnesota Twins / Tampa Bay Rays -- O/U:
The Minnesota Twins and the Tampa Bay Rays meet in game three of their four game set in MLB action from Tropicana Field on Saturday afternoon.
The Minnesota Twins will look to take a series lead after evening the set up at one win apiece following a 5-3 triumph in game two on Friday. Willians Astudillo and Eddie Rosario each had two RBIs while Jorge Polanco added a pair of doubles and an RBi to round out Minnesota’s scoring as a team in the win. Marwin Gonzalez and Jonathan Schoop each put up a pair of base hits while C.J. Cron chipped in a double to cap off the Twins’ offense as a team in the winning effort. Jose Berrios gave up three runs on three hits while walking three and striking out eight over 6.2 innings of work. Taylor Rogers picked up the win to improve to 2-1 this season. Kyle Gibson will start game three and is 5-2 with a 4.08 ERA and 60 strikeouts this season. In his career, Gibson is 2-5 with a 5.80 ERA and 31 strikeouts against Tampa Bay.
The Tampa Bay Rays will look to rebound after dropping game two on Friday. Kevin Kiermaier had a home run and two RBIs while Willy Adames went 2 for 4 at the dish and Daniel Robertson added a base hit of his own as the Rays mustered up just four hits as a team in the losing effort. Diego Castillo ended up with the loss in relief, falling to 1-4 on the year. Yonny Chirinos will start game three and is 6-1 with a 2.91 ERA and 42 strikeouts this season. This will be Chirinos’ second career start against Minnesota.
Minnesota is 10-3 in Gibson’s last 13 starts and 10-2 in their last 12 road games while the over is 5-1 in Gibson’s last 6 road starts. Tampa Bay is 56-26 in their last 82 home games and 4-1 in their last 5 Saturday games while the over is 3-1-1 in their last 5 games overall. Minnesota is 2-6 in Gibson’s last 8 starts against Tampa Bay.
Chirinos leads the Rays in wins, but I’m still not sure that Tampa’s back on track just yet. Gibson has had his issues against the Rays in the past, with an ERA just under six and that ERA goes up to 7.52 at Tropicana Field, but the Twins are hot right now and Gibson has given the Twins a chance in every game he’s pitched in. I just like the Twins a lot more than I do the Rays right now, so I’ll back Minnesota for a second straight win on the road on Saturday.