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Minnesota vs. Tampa Bay Free MLB Pick & Handicapping Lines Preview 8-25-2015

MLB Prediction: Twins vs Rays

Major League Baseball betting sees the Minnesota Twins taking on the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday August 25th at Tropicana Field in Tampa, Florida. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all MLB season long so stay tuned for more FREE MLB baseball predictions.

Minnesota Twins (63-61) at Tampa Bay Rays (62-62)
Date: Tuesday August 25th
Time: 7:10 PM
Venue: Tropicana Field- Tampa, Florida
MLB Betting Lines: Minnesota Twins +132, Tampa Bay Rays -142
MLB Betting Total: 7.0
Probable Pitchers:  Twins RH Ervin Santana (2-4, 5.53 ERA)
vs. Rays RH Nathan Karns (7-5, 3.44)

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Both the Twins and Rays are pushing for an American League Wild Card spot as the two teams begin their series on Tuesday night inside the Trop. With both teams fighting for positioning, neither of them can afford to lose a series here.

Currently, Minnesota sits 1.5 out, while the Rays find themselves just 2.5 back.

A series loss here can be the difference of sitting in 3rd place all the way down to 7th or 8th place.

The Twins will try for their 5th win Tuesday night as they send Ervin Santana to the hill.

The Rays will counter with RH Nick Karns.

Minnesota Twins

The recent success for the Twins has countered a cold streak they endured in the beginning of August as they have gotten themselves back into the AL Wild Card race. After sweeping the Orioles over the weekend, the Twins will go for their 5th straight win Tuesday night.

Minnesota had 3 straight 1 run victories in their 4 game sweep of Baltimore and the sweep comes as a giant surprise as they now have a road record of 25-37 on the season.

Minnesota goes with RH Ervin Santana, who was suspended for the beginning portion of the season and is just 2-4 with an ERA 5.53.

Santana is now 0-4 over his last 5 starts as he allowed 4 runs in 7.2 innings in New York on Wednesday.

Homeruns have been his problem as he’s allowed 7 over his last 5 games.

Santana has a lot of career experience against the Rays as he’s faced them 14 times and is 6-6 with an ERA of 4.98.

Tampa Bay Rays

The Rays are the definition of a middle of the pack team. Sitting with a .500 record at 62-62, Tampa Bay is both 31-31 on the road and at home.

The Rays have won 3 of 4, but are still struggling in terms of their offensive numbers. The Rays are averring just 2.3 runs over their last 6, but thanks in large part to their pitching, Tampa Bay is 3-3 over that span.

RH Nathan Karns has been a part of that successful pitching formula as he is 7-5 on the season with an ERA of only 3.44.

Karns received a ND in his last outing as he allowed one run in 6.0 innings while striking out 8 against Houston. Karns had only 1 walk in the outing, which is a giant leap of success as he’s struggled all season long with his walks.

Karns hasn’t faced Minnesota since the 2013 season where he allowed 4 runs on 5 hits in just 3.0 innings of work.

Walks was a problem then as well for Karns as he allowed 3 walks in just those 3.0 innings of work.

MLB Betting Trends:

  • Twins are 4-0 in their last 4 road games.
  • Twins are 5-2 in their last 7 games vs. a right-handed starter.
  • Twins are 4-1 in their last 5 games following a win.
  • Rays are 5-2 in their last 7 home games with the total set at 7.0-8.5.
  • Rays are 3-9 in their last 12 games as a favorite of -110 to -150.

4* MLB Betting Prediction: Tampa Bay ML

The Rays are just 1.0 games behind the Twins in the AL Wild Card standings, but have 2 teams in between them.
MLB Baseball Score Prediction: Tampa Bay 4- Minnesota 3

With that, Tampa Bay needs to take this series and winning the series opener is almost a must. Behind Karns, the Rays offense does just enough to grab a win.

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