Minnesota Twins vs Tampa Bay Rays Prediction, 9/4/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Twins vs Tampa Bay Rays
Date: Saturday, September 4, 2021
Location: Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL
TV: Bally Sports Sun
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota (+135) Tampa Bay (-172)
Chris Archer and the Tampa Bay Rays (84-50, 1st in AL East) host the Minnesota Twins (58-75, 5th in AL Central) at Tropicana Field on Saturday. The Rays open this game at -172 while the Twins are coming in at +135. The O/U has been set at 8.5. The pitchers taking the mound are Andrew Albers and Chris Archer.
Minnesota has a slugging percentage of .421 and have been called out on strikes 1,150 times, while drawing a walk on 447 occasions. They have accrued 566 RBI's as well as 1,077 base knocks for the season, and their team batting average is .241. The Twins have accounted for 218 two-baggers as a team and have hit 185 baseballs out of the stadium. They have earned a total of 602 runs scored while holding a team on-base percentage of .316. As a unit, the Minnesota Twins are compiling 4.5 runs/g, which puts them at 15th in MLB.
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The Twins are sitting with a team earned run average of 4.95 on the season (27th in MLB), and their staff has struck out 1,084 batters. They have accumulated a K/BB ratio of 2.73 and their pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.32. Twins pitchers have yielded 201 home runs in addition to 705 runs in total (28th in the league). Their pitching staff has walked 397 opposing batters and their FIP comes in at 4.68 as a unit on the campaign.
The Twins relief pitchers have compiled a save rate of 62.7% and has come into the game in 121 save situations. The relief pitchers have inherited 139 base runners over the course of the season and 46.8% of them crossed the plate. Twins pitchers have entered the game with runners on base 105 times and also have had 146 appearances in high leverage situations. The Twins have dispatched 426 relievers to the mound over the course of the season. The relievers have a total of 70 holds so far this year (12th in the league). They have 32 saves so far this year and have blown 19 out of their 51 save opportunities.
The Minnesota Twins are sitting with 3,498 putouts this season, as well as 1,185 assists and 96 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding steady at .980 which has them sitting 30th in the majors, and they have twisted 874 double plays. The Twins have turned 69.1% of baseballs in play into outs in their 10,494 innings on the diamond, which has them ranked 21st in professional baseball.
Albers has taken the ball for 130 frames and is sitting with 85 K's thus far in his career. His earned run average is 3.88 (56 ER's allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.285. He has given up 140 hits (9.7 hits per 9 innings) and has 27 free passes. Albers (8-6 win-loss mark in his career) has earned a FIP of 4.44 and he has faced 559 opposing hitters during his time in the majors.
Tampa Bay has compiled 180 long balls over the course of the season to go along with 672 runs batted in. They have hit 240 doubles, while getting a free base 487 times and putting up 712 runs. The Tampa Bay Rays have a team on-base percentage of .319 in addition to a team batting average of .239 so far this year. The Rays hold a slugging percentage of .422 and they are recording 5.35 runs per game (1st in the league). They have been called out on strikes on 1,296 instances (2nd in the league) and have 1,082 hits.
The Rays hold a team WHIP of 1.175 and have a FIP of 3.73 as a squad so far this year. They rank 13th in the league as a staff in total hits given up with 1,044. The Tampa Bay pitching staff have relinquished 542 runs on the year while holding an ERA of 3.67 (488 earned runs relinquished). They currently have a K/BB ratio of 3.42 (1,242 strikeouts vs 363 walks). They have conceded 149 dingers and they allow 4.07 runs per 9 innings (7th in baseball).
Tampa Bay relief pitchers hold an inherited score percentage of 29.3% out of 133 inherited base runners. Their bullpen pitchers have come in 152 times in high leverage situations in addition to 106 occasions with base runners. With 127 save situations, the Rays have 73 holds and 16 blown saves. They sit at 2nd in the league holding a save rate of 69.2%, and they have dispatched 423 relievers to the mound so far this season. Tampa Bay has called on bullpen pitchers to enter the game in 52 save chances and they have tallied 36 saves.
Out of their 10,776 innings on the field, the Rays are sitting with a efficiency on defense of 70.1% (10th in baseball). The Tampa Bay Rays have turned 110 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .986 (9th in MLB). The Rays have recorded 1,131 assists, 68 errors and have 3,592 putouts this season.
During his career, Archer has conceded 1,139 hits while he has tallied 1,365 strikeouts in 1,245 frames. He has allowed a total of 535 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.254 and a FIP of 3.6. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.23 and he has faced 5,249 batters in his career. Archer (60-81 career win-loss mark) is the owner of a 3.87 ERA while allowing 8.2 hits per nine innings.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Minnesota (+135)
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