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2018 MLB Season
(8-5) Minnesota Twins vs. Tampa Bay Rays (5-13)
Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 6:10 PM ET
Venue: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg Florida
Projected Pitchers: Kyle Gibson vs. Blake Snell
MLB Moneyline Odds: Rays -117
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Rays -1.5 (+180)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 8
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Gibson was roughed up by the Houston Astros in his last start, but Minnesota still managed to come away with a 9-8 victory.
He could only make it 4.1 innings giving up five earned off of seven hits while striking out four and walking four. It was his second consecutive start where he couldn’t make it through five innings, and this time he needed 90 pitches to get to that point.
Giving up runs happen, what should be more concerning is his walk-to-strikeout ratio of 10:13. When you give up nearly as many walks as you induce strikeouts, you really have to rely on your teams defense to help get you out of jams.
He currently owns a nice 3.68 ERA, but that number should regress as the season progresses.
After a week of dealing with terrible weather and postponements, Minnesota was only able to fit in two games going 1-1. In those two games they are slashing an abysmal .204/.253/.269 while hitting four extra-base hits and three RBI. It is hard to get a in groove when can’t get out on the field.
Tampa Bay Rays
Snell picked up his second consecutive win pitching a gem against the Texas Rangers going 6.1 innings giving up one earned run off of five hits while striking out nine and best of all, he did not issue a walk.
He has now given up one or fewer runs in three of his four starts.
For someone who owns a career 4.51 BB/9, the zero free bases in his last start was a major win for him as this shows how dominant he can be if he limits the walks, and maybe he can build some confidence of that start.
The swing-and-miss stuff is there (career 9.13 K/9), now if he can hone in on his control he can become a feared pitcher.
Tampa Bay’s lineup has been so-so in the last week slashing .259/.318/.378 while hitting 15 extra-base hits and 20 RBI. They have gone 2-4 in that span.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Over is 14-3 in MIN last 17 on astroturf.
- MIN are 16-35 in their last 51 games on astroturf.
- Over is 11-1 in the last 12 meetings in Tampa Bay.
- TB are 2-12 in their last 14 Sat. games.
- TB are 2-7 in their last 9 games on astroturf.
- TB are 2-7 in their last 9 home games.
Free Minnesota Twins vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Prediction: Tampa Bay takes care of Minnesota at home
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Rays -117
Tampa Bay hasn’t been hitting for power, but they’ve been hitting for average with a nice .259 batting average in the last week which should come in handy against a pitcher who has given up 14 hits in his last two starts.
Minnesota’s lineup may be a little rusty from the time off and will have to face an improving Blake Snell. Back the home team.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Rays 6 – Minnesota 3
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