Trevor May (2-3, 5.40 ERA) and Alex Colome (2-1, 5.62 ERA) start in the second of a three-game series between the Minnesota Twins (20-16) and the Tampa Bay Rays (20-17) at Target Field. The Twins won the last game 3-2 and Minnesota leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 2:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 16 and can be seen on SunSports and FSN-N.
May pitched 4.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering six runs, striking out four and walking three in an 8-2 defeat to the Indians. Torii Hunter (.280, 20 Rs, 6 HRs, 21 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday. Colome went 6.0 innings, surrendering eight runs, striking out six and walking one in an 11-5 defeat to the Yankees in his most recent start. David DeJesus (.301, 11 Rs, 3 HRs, 14 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Minnesota is a slim -112 favorite at home against Tampa Bay. According to the oddsmakers, the Over/Under (O/U) is currently eight runs. The Twins have recorded an overall money line of +707 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 4-2. Minnesota is unbeaten as the favorite and has a 6-4 SU record in its last ten outings.
In games where it is the underdog, Tampa Bay has a 11-8 record and an overall money line of +396. Tampa Bay's pitching staff has set the standard for its league, with an AL-low 3.41 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Rays are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.14 for the season. The Rays have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an AL-best 8.6 strikeouts per game, making them one of the top five teams in the league.
The Twins have the edge in the season series, 1-0. The Twins have an 8-11 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Colome takes the mound. May (RHP) will be on the hill against the Rays, who have a 16-10 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - TB, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Rays lost by a margin of one run. The Twins are 6-5 in one-run games. The Rays have a 5-7 record in close games.
The Twins are 2-1 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Rays are 1-1 in such matchups.
The Rays are coming into this game after allowing zero walks during their last outing. The Twins have a 1-2 record when opponents give up that many walks.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rays are 15-2. The Twins have a 16-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 22nd, Tampa Bay sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 141 this season. Minnesota ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 162.
Ranking 22nd, Minnesota is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 90 this season. Tampa Bay ranks in the top half at 12th with 118.
When the Twins hit at least one home run, they are 15-4. When the Rays hit at least one homer, they have a 13-10 record.