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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Minnesota Twins Picks, Predictions, Odds
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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Minnesota Twins Betting Analysis
Tampa Bay and Minnesota meet up for the first of a three-game series on Friday, June 10th at Target Field.
The Rays are 34-23 overall and 13-10 on the road, which positions Tampa Bay second in the American League East standings and trails the division leading New York Yankees by seven games.
Twins rank first in the American League Central standings with a record of 33-26, which includes an impressive 18-13 mark at home.
Score Prediction: Twins 7, Rays 3
Best Bet: Over (-110)
Tampa Bay Rays vs. Minnesota Twins Betting Resources
- Date: Friday, June 10th 2022
- Matchup: AL East vs. AL Central
- Venue: Target Field
- Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
- Time-TV: 8:10 p.m. ET – Apple TV+
Tampa Bay Rays vs. Minnesota Twins Betting Odds
Tampa Bay Rays vs. Minnesota Twins – Current Form
The second of three games on Wednesday marked an 11-run effort by Tampa Bay against the St. Louis Cardinals, which was their best performance this week. Their worst game came in the final contest of the same series, when the offense of Tampa Bay only managed to produce two runs on Thursday.
Minnesota captured its series against the Toronto Blue Jays, 2-1, but the Twins fell to the Yankees on Thursday.
They dominated Toronto with nine runs on Friday, but on the next day, Minnesota’s defense allowed for 12 runs in the second game of a three game series. On Wednesday, the Blue Jays limited the Yankees to just one run, and ended up losing the series.
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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Minnesota Twins – Pitching Matchup
Tampa Bay: Drew Rasmussen (5-2, 3.02 ERA)
Drew Rasmussen will make his 11th start of the season for Tampa Bay, who’s hoping to find some traction after posting a 5-2 record and 3.02 ERA thus far, while tallying a 1.02 WHIP, 14 walks, and 46 strikeouts across 53.2 innings of action.
Tampa Bay’s 26 year-old right-hander didn’t factor in the decision in his last start, which came at home against the Chicago White Sox on June 4th, 2022. He threw seven innings with three hits, one walk and two strikeouts in a 2-3 Rays loss.
Pitching on the road this season, Rasmussen is 2-2 with a 5.14 ERA, a 1.33 WHIP, eight walks and 17 strikeouts over 21 innings in five starts.
Minnesota: Devin Smeltzer (2-0, 1.93 ERA)
Devin Smeltzer takes the mound in the series opener as he makes his fifth start of the season for the Twins in this contest.
He comes in 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA, a 0.93 WHIP, six walks and 13 strikeouts over 28 innings of work on the year. In Devin Smeltzer’s last start, the Twins were no match for the Toronto Blue Jays, losing 6-8 on June 5th, 2022.
The 26-year old earned a no decision in this game, having tossed four innings and yielded two runs on four hits, while striking out one and issuing two walks.
In two home starts this season, Smeltzer has compiled a 0-0 record in 12 innings, while striking out eight, walking three batters, and putting together a 0.75 ERA and a 0.67 WHIP.
Tampa Bay Rays vs. Minnesota Twins – Series History
The rivalry between the Rays and the Twins is evident, with each grabbing three out of six games in the 2021 season. Minnesota has captured two of three meetings with Tampa Bay this season.