Tyler Duffey (2-4, 4.57 ERA) and Drew Smyly (2-7, 4.77 ERA) take the hill in the last of a four-game series between the Minnesota Twins (16-39) and the Tampa Bay Rays (24-30) at Target Field. The Rays won the last game 7-4, and Tampa Bay leads the series 2-1. Action begins at 2:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jun. 5 and can be seen on FSN and SUN.
Duffey pitched 4.2 innings in his most recent start, surrendering five runs, striking out six and walking one in a 7-4 defeat to the Athletics. Eduardo Nunez (.331, 25 Rs, 6 HRs, 21 RBIs, 11 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two runs and two stolen bases. Smyly went 4.0 innings, surrendering eight runs, striking out three and walking one in a 10-5 defeat to the Royals in his last outing. Steve Pearce (.302, 20 Rs, 8 HRs, 20 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
The odds for Minnesota and Tampa Bay are Rays -115, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 9.
The Rays lead the season series, 2-1.
Predictions: SU Winner - TB
Tampa Bay recorded at least two errors for the 10th time this season.
The Twins managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Rays who are coming in with an 11-8 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
It looks like the Rays have a slight leg up on the Twins, as the Rays have won their last two games while the Twins have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Twins are 10-7. The Rays have a 16-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Both falling near the bottom of the league based on total runs this season, Minnesota ranks 28th with 204 runs and Tampa Bay is 23rd with 224.
Ranking 21st, Tampa Bay is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 159 this season. Minnesota ranks in the bottom half at 18th with 165.
When the Twins hit at least one home run, they are 14-20, well-matched with the Rays who are 21-22 when hitting one or more homers.