Thursday, August 27, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Tommy Milone (6-3) vs. Drew Smyly (1-2)
The Minnesota Twins take on the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday at Tropicana Field. The probable starters are Tommy Milone for the Twins and Drew Smyly for the Rays. The opening line for this matchup has Minnesota at +110 and Tampa Bay at -155. The over/under was set at 7.5. The Twins, with a 74-51 run line record, cover the spread 59% of the time. They also have a 58-59 over/under record. The Rays have a 55-61 over/under record and a 69-56 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 55% of the time.
The Twins come into this game with a 64-61 record, and they are 26-37 away from home. Starting pitcher Tommy Milone holds a 6-3 record with an earned run average of 3.69 and a WHIP of 1.25. The Twins are 8-8 over his 92.2 innings pitched and he's also given up 89 hits over that time period. Against the over/under, the Twins are 7-7 in his starts. He is getting 4.6 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen's earned run average is currently 4.02 and they've given up 377 hits on the season. Teams are hitting .250 against the bullpen while being struck out 286 times and walking 122 times this season. As a team, Minnesota has allowed 9.54 hits per nine innings while striking out 6.22 batters per nine. They are 22nd in the league in team earned run average at 4.19.
As a team, Minnesota is batting .249, good for 22nd in the league while putting together a .228 average away from home. Ranked at 29th in the league in on-base percentage, the Twins sit at .303 and they hold a .400 team slugging percentage. They rank 21st in baseball with 8.38 hits per game and Joe Mauer leads the team with 122.
With a 62-63 overall record, Tampa Bay will come into this game 30-30 at home. With an earned run average of 3.42, Drew Smyly will come into this game holding a 1-2 record and a 1.06 WHIP. The Rays have a record of 3-2 over the 26.1 innings he's pitched during which he's given up 23 hits. Against the over/under, the Rays are 1-4 when he starts. He is getting 4 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen's earned run average is currently at 3.91 and they have given up 365 hits on the season. Teams are hitting .234 against the Rays bullpen while being struck out 398 times and walking 149 times this season. As a team, Tampa Bay has allowed 8 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.4 batters per nine. They are 9th in the league in team earned run average at 3.69.
As a team, they are batting .247, good for 24th in the league while putting together a .245 average at home. Ranked at 19th in the league in on-base percentage, the Rays sit at .310 and they hold a .392 team slugging percentage. They rank 25th in baseball with 8.29 hits per game and Evan Longoria leads the team with 124.
The Twins have committed 65 errors and have combined for 1,274 assists and 3,324 put outs leading to a .986 team fielding percentage. For the home team, they hold a .984 team fielding percentage while committing 72 errors, accumulating 1090 assists and compiling 3,354 put outs.
Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 58-59 against the over/under so far this season
The Minnesota Twins are 74-51 against the run line so far this season
Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Rays are 55-61 against the over/under so far this season
The Tampa Bay Rays are 69-56 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
08/26/15 P J.R. Graham Undisclosed Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/26)
08/20/15 CF Aaron Hicks Hamstring Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/20)
08/13/15 P Phil Hughes Back Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/10)
06/04/15 P Ricky Nolasco Ankle Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (6/1)
05/16/15 CF Jordan Schafer Knee Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/16)
Tampa Bay Rays
08/26/15 C Curt Casali Hamstring Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/25)
08/26/15 CF Desmond Jennings Knee injured last game, "?" Wednesday vs. Minnesota Twins
08/21/15 P Jake McGee Knee Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/19)
08/01/15 RF Steven Souza Hand Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/2)
05/09/15 P Alex Cobb Forearm Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/27), out for season
04/29/15 P Kirby Yates Pectoral Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (4/29)
04/18/15 P Jeff Beliveau Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/22), out for season
Guy's Pick: Take the Twins
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