Twins vs. Rays Prediction
The Minnesota Twins rebounded from a lopsided loss in the series opener at the Tampa Bay Rays to even the four-game series at a game apiece last night. Can Minnesota notch another road win today?
Saturday, June 1, 2019
Tropicana Field at 1:10PM ET
TV: MLB Network
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Rosario lifts Twins to win
A two-run single by Eddie Rosario in the top of the ninth inning Friday night broke a tie and sent Minnesota to a 5-3 victory at Tampa Bay. It was the only hit for Rosario in five at-bats. Jorge Polanco paced the Twins as he finished 2-for-4 with two doubles, a walk, three runs and an RBI. Willians Astudillo ended the contest 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Jonathan Schoop was 2-for-2 with a walk and two runs. Taylor Rogers threw 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win, giving up one hit with one strikeout and no walks. Kyle Gibson will start today for Minnesota as he comes in with a 5-2 record, 4.08 ERA and 1.20 WHIP with 60 strikeouts over 57 2/3 innings.
Kiermaier homers in defeat
Tampa Bay fell by a 5-3 score Friday night at home versus Minnesota to drop to 35-20 overall and 17-12 overall. Kevin Kiermaier paced the Rays offense as he finished 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs. Willy Adames was 2-for-4, while Daniel Robertson ended the contest 1-for-3. Diego Castillo took the loss as he allowed two earned runs on no hits with no strikeouts and one walk in one inning of relief. Yonny Chirinos gets the start today for Tampa Bay as he enters with a 6-1 record, 2.91 ERA and 0.86 WHIP with 42 strikeouts over 55 2/3 innings pitched.
MLB Betting Trends
The Twins are 9-1 in their last 10 Saturday games. Minnesota is 9-2 in its last 11 road games.
The Rays are 4-1 in their last five Saturday games. Tampa Bay is 56-26 in its last 82 home games.
Tampa Bay is tough to beat at home and while Minnesota has the best record in baseball right now, I think the Rays have the upper hand in the pitching matchup today. The Rays should get some runs off Gibson, enough to support Chirinos plus the bullpen. It's hard to predict how deep Chirinos will go in this game, but I trust the pitchers after him to get it done as well.
MLB DAILY PREDICTION: TAMPA BAY RAYS