Jake Odorizzi (3-2, 2.09 ERA) gets the start for the Tampa Bay Rays (20-16) as they meet Phil Hughes (2-4, 5.11 ERA) and the Minnesota Twins (19-16) in the first of a three-game series at Target Field. The game gets underway at 8:10 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 15 and will air on SunSports and FSN-N.
Hughes has a 4.81 ERA and a 4-6 record in his career against the Rays, but faces a less-than-stellar Tampa Bay offense that's hitting just .237 on the year. Torii Hunter (.281, 20 Rs, 6 HRs, 21 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 3 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and one RBI. In his pitching opportunities against the Twins, Odorizzi is 0-0 with a 10.80 ERA, five strikeouts and three walks. David DeJesus (.300, 10 Rs, 2 HRs, 13 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run.
Minnesota is favored by a slight -112 margin in its matchup against Tampa Bay. Oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at eight runs. The Twins perform well as a favorite with a 4-2 record and have an overall money line of +707. They are 6-4 SU and perfect as the favorite (2-0) in their last 10 games. The Minnesota pitching staff and defense is very good at home, only giving up 3.8 runs per game.
On the other side, the Rays have a record of 10-8 when they are the underdog and are +272 overall with the money line. They have a WHIP of 1.14 on the year, good for second in the league. The Tampa Bay pitching staff has been an intimidating group this year, averaging 8.7 strikeouts per game.
The Twins will take on a right-hander (Odorizzi) in this game and have an 8-11 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Rays will be the right-hander Hughes. They sport a 15-10 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - TB, O/U - Over
For the fifth time this season, the Twins registered at least two errors in a game.
When the Twins play into extra innings, they have a 2-1 record. The Rays are 1-1 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Rays are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Twins have a 7-15 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rays are 15-2. The Twins have a 15-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 21st in runs, Tampa Bay has earned 139 this season. Minnesota ranks ninth with 159 runs.
Ranking 21st, Minnesota is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 90 this season. Tampa Bay ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 117.
The Twins are 14-4 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Rays are 13-9 when they hit at least one homer.