Minnesota Twins vs. Tampa Bay Rays
The Tampa Bay Rays are -125 favorites over the Minnesota Twins with an over/under total set at 8.5 runs. The 4-8 Minnesota Twins and 4-8 Tampa Bay Rays meet for the second time this season.
Tampa Bay took the opener against Minnesota 4-3 on a Johnny Damon walkoff in the 10th inning after being swept by the 6-4 Baltimore Orioles and 7-5 Los Angeles Angels to begin the year. In those five games to start the season and today, the Rays didn’t score more than three runs while not allowing more than five runs in any of the games. In two of Tampa Bay’s wins, they’ve scored 25 runs while only scoring 11 times in their nine losses. After beating the 2-9 Boston Red Sox 3-2, the Rays lost again with their inability to drive in runs. The Twins scored twice in the sixth inning to break open a scoreless game. Delmon Young hit a sacrifice fly for the first run while Drew Butera singled in a run to complete the scoring in Tampa Bay. The Rays only reached base on four hits through the first eight innings, two of them from Matt Joyce who doubled in Felipe Lopez and Ben Zobrist to level the score in the bottom of the ninth. Danny Valencia singled in a run during the top of the 10th inning, but Damon’s heroics had Tampa Bay dancing afterward.
0-2 this season Wade Davis goes up against 1-1 Nick Blackburn in likely a pitcher’s duel despite Davis’ erratic pitching. It’s hard not to be a little erratic when you get such little run support. The Rays only scored two and one run when Davis pitched earlier this season; he allowed two and four runs in 6.0 and 6.1 innings of work. Blackburn can relate allowing just one earned run in two less outs pitched this season. Blackburn’s lone loss came 1-0 to the Oakland Athletics, as the run he allowed wasn’t even earned. Tampa Bay and Minnesota have scored the two fewest runs of anyone in the American League so the under seems almost a foregone conclusion.Â Definitely take under 8.5 runs.