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Minnesota Twins vs. Tampa Bay Rays

June 18, 2024


The Minnesota Twins get set to take on the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series inside Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They toss out the first pitch at 7:40 pm.


Bookmaker has installed the Rays +130 on the ML. 


Minnesota Twins Betting Preview


The Twins have had a decent season, and they are also a product of being in a division that is not the best in baseball, which means they typically hang around even when September rolls around. 


They are sitting in third place, and just a handful of games behind the front-running Cleveland Guardians, who lead the AL Central, but the Twins have been streaking and will look to win their sixth straight overall come Tuesday night. 


They are led on offense by first baseman Carlos Santana, who has hit 11 home runs and provided a steady glove and bat for a young team. His veteran presence has been felt by the Twins, who have won five straight games overall. 


The Twins will send out Pablo Lopez, who sports a mark of 6-6 to go along with an ERA of 5.33 on the season. 


They have a team ERA of 4.22 and need to improve if they want to be considered a serious contender in their division, let alone in the American League. 


Tampa Bay Rays Betting Preview


The Rays have had some issues this season, and they have not been able to get out to that historic start like last season. Their pitching was the key to that incredible and fast start last season. They had one of the best team ERAs in the entire sport, but this season has been a total reversal of what we saw last season.


Entering this series, the Rays have a team ERA of 4.43, which is not good enough for them to win games or even be remotely competitive in a very stacked AL East. They are trying to catch the Baltimore Orioles and the New York Yankees, who are trying to run away with the division. 


Tampa Bay also has to start hitting baseball. They have needed help scoring and producing runs this season. Third baseman Isaac Paredes has been their best home run hitter, cracking 10 this season. He is on pace to hit around 20 plus, and his career high is 31, which he posted last season.


Tampa Bay is just 3-3 in their last six and will look to get a win in the opener. They will toss out Aaron Civale, who is 2-5 and has struggled this season. 


Game Odds, Series Trends, and Free Pick 


The Twins are 5-0 in their last five games and 3-2 in their previous five games against the number. They are also 16-20 in their road games against the spread. The totals have gone over in three out of their last five games and 15 out of their last 36 games at home.


The Rays are 2-3 in their last five games and 3-2 in their previous five games against the spread. They are 15-15 in their road games against the spread. 


Pick: TB Rays + 130