Minnesota Twins vs Tampa Bay Rays Prediction, 6/8/2023 MLB Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Minnesota Twins vs Tampa Bay Rays
Date: Thursday, June 8, 2023
Location: Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL
TV: Bally Sports Sun
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota (+140) Tampa Bay (-165)
Tropicana Field is the site where the Tampa Bay Rays (44-19) will meet the Minnesota Twins (31-30) on Thursday. The odds on this game have Minnesota at +140 and Tampa Bay is opening at -165. The betting total comes in at 9. The men taking the mound will be Bailey Ober and Tyler Glasnow.
The Twins have accounted for 98 two-baggers as a unit and have hit 78 balls out of the stadium. Minnesota has a slugging rate of .400 and have been rung up 625 times, while being walked on 216 occasions. As a squad, the Minnesota Twins are notching 4.4 runs per contest, which puts them at 16th in the league. They have earned 254 runs batted in and 475 hits on the year, while their batting average sits at .231. They have accumulated 267 runs while having a team OBP of .313.
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Their strikeout to walk ratio is 3.22 and their pitching staff holds a WHIP of 1.17. Twins pitchers have surrendered 59 long balls in addition to 229 runs (2nd in MLB). Minnesota has conceded 461 base hits (7.6 per 9 innings) as well as 212 earned runs. The Twins have an ERA of 3.48 this year (2nd in the league), and the staff has struck out 582 hitters. Their pitching staff has walked 181 hitters and their FIP is 3.64 as a team on the campaign.
The Twins relief pitchers have earned a save rate of 52.0% and stepped onto the hill in 56 save situations. The relief pitchers have inherited 67 base runners this season with 26.9% of them ended up crossing the plate. Twins relief pitchers have entered the contest with runners on base 49 times in addition to having 65 appearances in high leverage situations. The Twins have dispatched 181 relievers to the mound for the season. The bullpen have tallied 31 holds for the year (18th in MLB). They have tallied 13 saves this season and have not converted 12 of their 25 chances to save the game.
The Twins have turned 70.2% of balls in play into outs out of their 4,932 innings on the diamond, which ranks them 8th in MLB. The Minnesota Twins have 1,644 putouts this year, as well as 475 assists and 35 errors. Their fielding percentage sits at .984 which has them ranked 23rd in baseball, and have a total of 42 double plays.
Ober has thrown 194 frames and has accumulated 187 K's so far in his MLB career. His ERA is 3.47 (75 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.104. He has allowed 174 hits (8.0 hits per 9 innings) and has had 41 walks. Ober (8-8 career win-loss record) sits with a FIP of 3.76 and he has faced 784 hitters during his time in the major leagues.
The Rays hold a team slugging percentage of .477 and they earn 5.81 runs per contest (2nd in the league). They have notched 116 two-baggers, while taking a walk 217 times as well as scoring 366 runs. Tampa Bay has tallied 105 home runs on the campaign as well as 350 runs batted in. They have struck out on 531 occasions (15th in the league) and have a total of 565 hits. The Tampa Bay Rays have recorded a team on-base percentage of .341 as well as a team batting average of .265 for the season.
The Rays have a team WHIP of 1.217 and have a FIP of 4.03 as a squad this year. They are currently ranked 6th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits surrendered with 476. The Tampa Bay pitching staff have conceded 234 runs on the year while having an ERA of 3.60 (223 earned runs conceded). Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 8.60 (533 strikeouts vs 203 bases on balls). They have allowed 61 dingers and they surrender 3.77 runs per 9 innings (3rd in MLB).
Tampa Bay has called on relievers to step onto the hill in 32 save opportunities and they have tallied 19 saves. They are currently ranked 19th in the league with a save percentage of 59.4%, and they have sent 204 relievers to the hill on the campaign. Their relief pitchers have come in 59 times in high leverage situations and also on 50 occasions with runners on base. Tampa Bay relievers hold an inherited score percentage of 29.1% of 79 inherited runners. With 66 save situations, the Rays have earned 34 holds and 13 blown saves.
In 5,022 innings on the field, the Rays have a efficiency on defense of 71.4% (1st in MLB). The Tampa Bay Rays have turned 53 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .989 (5th in baseball). The Rays have 596 assists, 25 errors and have amassed 1,674 putouts this year.
Thus far in his career, Glasnow has given up 343 base hits while earning 530 punch outs in 419 innings pitched. He has given up 186 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.245 and being the owner of a FIP of 3.8. His K/BB ratio is 2.96 and he has gone up against 1,754 hitters in his career. Glasnow (20-20 career win-loss mark) holds a 3.99 ERA and has conceded 7.4 hits per 9 innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread or moneyline?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Tampa Bay (-165) and under 9 runs
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