Matt Andriese (6-2, 2.72 ERA) is on the hill for the Tampa Bay Rays (45-64) as they square off against Kyle Gibson (3-6, 4.94 ERA) and the Minnesota Twins (44-66) in the last of a three-game series at Tropicana Field. The Rays won the last game 7-3, and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 1:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 7 and can be seen on FSN and SUN.
Andriese pitched 4.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering one run and striking out three in a 3-2 defeat to the Royals. Evan Longoria (.281, 54 Rs, 24 HRs, 60 RBIs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 3 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Gibson went 4.2 innings, surrendering six runs, striking out two and walking one in a 10-6 win over the Indians in his last outing. Brian Dozier (.262, 63 Rs, 22 HRs, 62 RBIs, 8 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday.
Tampa Bay is a -143 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 -2,598 and a record as the favorite of 27-35. 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 8.4.
Over in the other dugout, Minnesota is coming in with an overall money line of -1,175 and a disappointing record of 34-52 as the underdog. They played solid baseball as the underdog over their last 10 games with a 6-2 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 6.5 during that stretch. The Twins have a dynamic offense, ranking fifth in the league with 362 extra base hits.
The Rays lead the season series, 4-2. The Rays have a 33-50 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Gibson takes the mound. Andriese (RHP) will be on the hill against the Twins, who have a inferior 29-51 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - TB, O/U - Over
Minnesota recorded at least two errors for the 15th time this season.
The Rays managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Twins who are coming in with a 22-17 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Twins are 8-54. The Rays have a 10-47 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 15th in home runs, Minnesota has hit 131 this season. Tampa Bay ranks 10th with 142 home runs.
Ranking 15th, Tampa Bay is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.01 per game. Minnesota ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 8.88.
Ranking 20th, Tampa Bay is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.726). Minnesota ranks in the top half at 12th with an OPS of .751.
When the Twins allow at least one home run, they are 32-54, well-matched with the Rays who are 24-57 when allowing at least one homer.