The MLB is back in action on Friday as the Tampa Bay Rays will clash with the Minnesota Twins at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota in game two of a four-game series. Nathan Eovaldi will be the starter for the Rays and the Twins will give the nod to Jake Odorizzi.
Tampa Bay Rays Form
The Tampa Bay Rays are on a solid run as they enjoyed five wins in a row. However, they fell short in the last game against the Twins as they lost with a score of 5-1. It seems that their offence was not doing as well as they were not efficient. They will need to improve if they want to get something of this game. The Rays have averaged 3.80 runs per game and have allowed 4.31 runs per game on the road so far.
Nathan Eovaldi record against the Twins stands at 2-2 with a 4.78 ERA in four starts, including 1-1 with a 4.05 ERA in two starts at the Target Field.
Tampa Bay’s offensive stats are poor this season as they are placed on the 24th place in the league in scoring, putting up 3.98 runs per game, while also holding the 11th place in hitting at .252 and 26th spot in homers with a total of 83. On the mound, the Rays are solid as they are placed on the 7th spot in the league in ERA at 3.54, while also being 3rd place in WHIP at 1.17 and 17th place in K’s with 777.
Kansas City Royals Form
The Twins have just finished the series against the Royals. After losing game two of that series, they were able to bounce back with a convincing 8-5 win in the last game. It seems that the Twins are on the up at the moment and the expectation is that their form will improve. Minnesota has averaged 4.30 runs per game and has allowed 4.17 runs per game here at home for the year.
On the offensive side of the game, the Twins have been below average this season as they are placed on the 19th spot in the league in scoring, putting up 4.34 runs per game, while also being 22nd place in hitting at .242 and the 22nd spot in homers with a total of 94. On the mound, they have also below average stats as they are placed on the 20th spot in the league in ERA at 4.34, while also ranking 22nd spot in WHIP at 1.36 and 11th place in K’s with 809.
This encounter has the potential to be an interesting game. Both of these two teams are playing well lately and they will head with a high confidence in this match. However, I think that the Rays will bounce back after the defeat in the first game. Go for the Rays in this one.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Tampa Bay Rays vs. Minnesota Twins 07/13/2018 is: Take the Tampa Bay Rays -115 (money line bet)
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