Matt Andriese (3-0, 2.36 ERA) gets the start for the Tampa Bay Rays (23-30) as they go up against Ervin Santana (1-4, 4.12 ERA) and the Minnesota Twins (16-38) in the third of a four-game series at Target Field. The Rays won the last game 4-2, and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game starts at 4:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jun. 4 and will air on FS1.
In his last start, Santana pitched 7.0 innings, giving up three runs, striking out five and walking two in a 3-2 loss to the Athletics. The Rays were also unsuccessful the last time Andriese pitched. He pitched well, going 7.0 innings, allowing two, striking out three and walking two in a 6-2 loss to the Royals. Steve Pearce (.304, 20 Rs, 8 HRs, 20 RBIs) went 1 for 1 yesterday.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game a Rays -125 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 8.5.
Predictions: SU Winner - TB
Minnesota has won 40% (8-12) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Tampa Bay has won 45% (10-12) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Rays managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Twins who are heading in with a 4-8 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Twins are 10-7. The Rays have a 16-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Minnesota and Tampa Bay both rank near the bottom of the league in runs. Minnesota sits at 28th with 200 runs this season and Tampa Bay ranks 24th with 217.
Ranking 23rd, Tampa Bay is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 155 this season. Minnesota ranks in the bottom half at 18th with 163.
When the Twins hit at least one home run, they are 14-20, well-matched with the Rays who are 20-22 when hitting one or more homers.