MLB Matchups  >>  Minnesota Twins vs. Tampa Bay Rays Preview 04/24/2014

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The Minnesota Twins and the Tampa Bay Rays will both be trying to pick up a win on Thursday when they battle at Tropicana Field.

The Twins will give the ball to starter Ricky Nolasco in this one. Righthander Nolasco is 1-2 this season with a 6.08 ERA.

The Rays will counter Nolasco with Erik Bedard. Lefthander Bedard has a 9.81 ERA to go along with a 0-0 record this season.

Oddsmakers currently have the Rays listed as 143-moneyline favorites versus the Twins, while the game's total is sitting at 8½.
The Twins were a 6-4 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Rays. That made winners of bettors who got Minnesota at +168 on the moneyline, while the total score (10) was good news for OVER bettors.

TEAM RECORDS:
Minnesota: 10-10 SU
Tampa Bay: 10-11 SU
MINNESOTA MOST RECENTLY:
When playing on Thursday are 1-9
Before playing Detroit are 4-6
After playing Tampa Bay are 3-7
After a win are 4-6

TAMPA BAY MOST RECENTLY:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing Chi White Sox are 7-3
After playing Minnesota are 7-3
After a loss are 5-5


A FEW TRENDS TO CONSIDER:
The total has gone OVER in 14 of Minnesota's last 15 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Minnesota's last 21 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
Minnesota is 6-13 SU in its last 19 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Minnesota
Tampa Bay is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games at home

NEXT UP:
Minnesota home to Detroit, Friday, April 25
Tampa Bay at Chi White Sox, Friday, April 25