Chris Archer (5-15, 4.38 ERA) and Jose Berrios (2-1, 8.57 ERA) start in the second of a three-game series between the Tampa Bay Rays (44-64) and the Minnesota Twins (44-65) at Tropicana Field. The Twins won the last game 6-2, and Minnesota leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 6:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 6 and can be seen on FSN and SUN.
Archer pitched 7.1 innings in his last outing, surrendering three runs, striking out six and walking one in a 3-0 defeat to the Royals. Brad Miller (.256, 49 Rs, 20 HRs, 44 RBIs, 4 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Berrios went 6.0 innings, surrendering three runs and striking out five in a 12-5 win over the Indians in his most recent start. Miguel Sano (.246, 39 Rs, 16 HRs, 43 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate, going 3 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Tampa Bay is a -160 favorite against Minnesota and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Rays have an overall money line of -2,698 and a record as the favorite of 26-35. Tampa Bay's pitching staff has been doing better against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, only allowing an average of 2.5 runs per game, well under their season average of 4.4. The Rays are the top team in the AL at limiting hits during home games, allowing only 8.1 hits per contest to their opponents this season. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Rays, who rank fifth in the AL in strikeouts per game with 8.3.
In the other locker room, Minnesota is coming in with an overall money line of -1,075 and a disappointing record of 34-51 as the underdog. They played solid baseball as the underdog over their last 10 games with a 6-1 record and a 7-3 record SU. Offensively, the Twins have really picked up the pace in the last 10 games. They have exceeded their season average of 4.6 runs per game by averaging 6.9 during that stretch. The Twins have a dynamic offense, ranking fifth in the league with 361 extra base hits.
The Rays lead the season series, 3-2. The Rays have a 32-50 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Berrios takes the mound. Archer (RHP) will be on the hill against the Twins, who have a inferior 29-50 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - TB, O/U - Over
Tampa Bay has won 38% (16-26) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Minnesota has won 51% (24-23) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Twins are coming into this game after allowing no walks during their last outing. The Rays have a 4-6 record when opponents don't give up any walks.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rays are 27-10. The Twins have a 31-7 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 25th in runs, Tampa Bay has earned 430 this season. Minnesota ranks 11th with 504 runs.
Ranking 17th, Tampa Bay is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 321 this season. Minnesota ranks in the top 10 with 350.
When the Rays hit at least one home run, they are 37-38. When the Twins hit at least one homer, they have a 37-34 record.