Ricky Nolasco (2-3, 5.28 ERA) and the Minnesota Twins (16-37) go up against Jake Odorizzi (2-3, 3.36 ERA) and the Tampa Bay Rays (22-30) in the second of a four-game series at Target Field. The Rays lost the last game 6-4, extending a five-game losing streak. The game gets underway at 8:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Jun. 3 and will air on FSN and SUN.
In his most recent outing, Nolasco pitched 6.0 innings, giving up two runs, striking out seven and walking one in a 5-4 victory over the Mariners. Eduardo Nunez (.331, 23 Rs, 6 HRs, 21 RBIs, 9 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. The Rays were unsuccessful the last time Odorizzi pitched. He pitched well, going 7.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out six and walking one in a 2-1 loss to the Yankees. Steve Pearce (.304, 20 Rs, 8 HRs, 20 RBIs) went 1 for 1 yesterday.
The odds are Rays -115 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 8.5.
The only other game between the two teams went Minnesota's way.
Predictions: SU Winner - TB
When leading after seven innings, Tampa Bay is 10-12, while Minnesota is 8-12.
The Rays are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded five strikeouts. The Twins have a record of 4-5 when opponents' pitchers have five strikeouts or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Twins are 10-6. 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 26th with 198 runs and Tampa Bay is 24th with 213.
Ranking 22nd, Tampa Bay is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 155 this season. Minnesota ranks in the bottom half at 18th with 158.
The Twins are 14-20 when they hit at least one home run. The Rays perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 19-22 record.