Tampa Bay Rays vs Minnesota Twins Prediction, 8/15/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Tampa Bay Rays vs Minnesota Twins
Date: Sunday, August 15, 2021
Location: Target Field in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Bally Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Tampa Bay (-141) Minnesota (+110)
Charlie Barnes and the Minnesota Twins (50-66, 4th in AL Central) host the Tampa Bay Rays (71-45, 1st in AL East) at Target Field on Sunday. The Rays open this contest at -141 while the Twins are priced at +110. The over/under has been set at 10.5. The expected starting pitchers will be Luis Patino and Charlie Barnes.
The Rays have tallied 202 doubles as a team and have hit 157 balls out of the park. Tampa Bay has a slugging rate of .417 and have been rung up 1,162 times, while being walked on 435 occasions. As a unit, the Tampa Bay Rays are earning 5.2 runs per outing, which has them sitting at 2nd in baseball. They have accounted for 571 RBI's and 935 hits on the year, and their batting average comes in at .237. They have accumulated 604 runs scored and hold an OBP of .318.
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Rays pitchers have allowed 129 home runs and also 478 runs in total (11th in the league). Their pitching staff has walked 325 opposing players and their FIP sits at 3.74 as a team on the campaign. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 3.36 and the pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.17. The Rays have an earned run average of 3.71 so far this year (8th in the league), and their staff has rung up 1,092 hitters.
The Rays have dispatched 370 relief pitchers to the mound on the campaign. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 116 base runners on the season with 29.3% of those players earned a run for their team. They have compiled 30 saves on the season and have missed out on 13 of their 43 save opportunities. The Rays bullpen have a save rate of 69.8% and has come into the game in 112 save situations. The relief pitchers have accumulated 67 holds for the year (6th in the league). Rays pitchers have stepped onto the hill with runners on base 94 times as well as having 136 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Rays have converted 70.2% of balls in play into outs in their 9,315 innings on the diamond, which has them sitting at 8th in professional baseball. The Tampa Bay Rays have accumulated 3,105 putouts thus far, in addition to 980 assists and 59 errors. Their fielding rate sits at .986 which is 8th in the majors, and they have turned 743 double plays.
Patino has taken the mound for 60 innings and has totaled 67 strikeouts so far in his pro baseball career. His earned run average is 4.80 (32 ER's allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.417. He has conceded 56 base knocks (8.4 hits per nine innings) with 29 free passes. Patino (3-3 career record) has earned a FIP of 4.93 while facing 268 opposing hitters in the majors.
The Twins hold a team slugging percentage of .425 and they tally 4.56 runs per game (14th in MLB). They have 190 doubles, while taking a walk 385 times as well as earning 529 runs. Minnesota has knocked in 164 home runs on the season to go along with 494 RBIs. They have been rung up on 998 occasions (18th in baseball) and have recorded 946 base hits. The Minnesota Twins have tallied a team on-base percentage of .316 in addition to a batting average of .243 for the year.
The Twins have a WHIP of 1.339 with a FIP of 4.65 as a team so far this year. Their K/BB ratio is 2.79 (957 strikeouts vs 343 bases on balls). They are sitting at 27th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits allowed with 1,015. They have yielded 174 home runs and they allow 5.47 runs per 9 innings (28th in baseball). The Minnesota pitching staff have conceded 616 runs this season while holding an ERA of 4.96 (559 earned runs conceded).
Sitting with 105 save situations, the Twins have accrued 60 holds in addition to 16 blown saves. Minnesota has had relief pitchers step onto the mound in 45 save chances and they have tallied 29 saves. Their bullpen pitchers have stepped onto the mound 124 times in high leverage situations and on 93 occasions with runners on base. Minnesota relief pitchers have an inherited score percentage of 48.8% out of their 121 inherited base runners. They sit at 9th in MLB with a save percentage of 64.4%, and they have dispatched 370 relievers to the hill so far this season.
The Minnesota Twins have turned 104 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .981 (29th in the majors). The Twins have accrued 1,017 assists, 76 errors and have accounted for 3,015 putouts for the season. In 9,045 innings on the field, the Twins hold a defensive efficiency of 68.6% (24th in baseball).
During his career, Barnes has allowed 17 base hits while he has accumulated 6 K's in 13 frames. He has surrendered 9 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.650 and a FIP of 5.4. He has a K/BB ratio of 1.20 and he has gone up against 60 batters during his pro baseball career. Barnes (0-2 mark in his career) has a 6.08 ERA and has surrendered 11.5 hits per 9 innings.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Tampa Bay (-141)
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