Written and authored by Major League Baseball Expert Analyst Charlie Red McDougall. Charliessports.com produces for Baseball news and notes. The teams will play on Thursday, August 27th, 2015. At 7:10 PM EST.
The (64-61) Minnesota Twins of the American League Central Division will be on the GULF SIDE” of the Sunshine State. For the finale of a three-day set. Minnesota takes on the (62-63) Tampa Bay Rays of the AL East in 2015 MLB action. The teams will play at Tropicana Field in St.Petersburg, Florida. The Best Sports Handicapper believes the Minnesota Twins have a chance to get into the 2015 MLB Playoffs as a wildcard. Minnesota is chasing Texas and the Yankees. Tampa Bay is falling fast but is still in the hunt. The opening betting line has Tampa Bay as a -140 Home Favorite Against The Spread. The betting odds total is seven and a half for Thursday’s game.
The 2015 Minnesota Twins have won five in a row. Minnesota is playing game two against Tampa Bay on August 26th. The Twins are second in the Division, twelve and a half games behind Kansas City. Minnesota is 26-37 on the road in 2015 and 18-13 vs. The AL East.
Joe Mauer leads the batting order with a .266 batting average, a .333 on-base percentage and has one hundred and twenty-two hits.
*Starting Pitcher Phil Hughes leads the rotation with ten victories.
*Relief Pitcher Glen Perkins leads the staff with thirty-one game saves.
*Notable injuries: Starting Pitcher Hughes is on the 15-day disabled list with a back strain.
*Minnesota begins a homestand on August 28th, entertaining Houston.
*The Twins are only 6-16 the last twenty-two MLB games between the teams.
*Minnesota is 9-4 their last thirteen on Thursday’s.
*The Minnesota Twins are 7-3 their last ten overall, going over the betting odds total four times and staying under the betting odds total six times.
*The Minnesota Twins will send “LEFTY” Tommy Milone, (6-3) with a 3.69 ERA to the hill. The 6’0″ 205 pound Saugus, Washington native pitched an inning, allowing no hits and zero runs his last outing, in a relief role. A 4-3 road win at Baltimore on August 23rd.
*The Minnesota Twins are +2,200 to win the 2015 MLB American League Title.
The 2015 Tampa Bay Rays have lost their last two. Tampa Bay is fourth in the AL East, eight games out of the lead. The Rays are 30-30 at home this season and 10-14 vs. The AL Central.
*Second Baseman Logan Forsythe is the leader at the plate with a .278 batting average and a .358 on-base percentage.
*Right Fielder Steven Souza has a team-high fifteen home runs.
*The Rays offense has a .392 slugging percentage.
*Starting Pitcher, Chris Archer, has a staff-best eleven wins, a 2.77 earned run average with two hundred and five strikeouts.
*Tampa Bay pitching averages 8.40 strikeouts per nine innings.
*The Rays hit the road on August 31st at Baltimore.
*Notable injury: Left Fielder Desmond Jennings is listed as day to day with a sore knee.
*The betting odds over the total are 8-3 the last eleven between the teams.
*The Rays are 9-2 Smyly’s last eleven starts.
*The Tampa Bay Rays are 4-6 their last ten overall, going over the betting odds total five times and staying under the betting odds total five.
*The Tampa Bay Rays will have Left Hander Drew Smyly. Who is (1-2) with a 3.42 earned run average on the pitchers mound for game three? The University of Arkansas Alumni pitched six innings, giving up no hits and zero runs his last start on August 21st, a 2-1 victory at Oakland.
*Bovada.Lv lists the Tampa Bay Rays at +2,200 to win the 2015 MLB American League Pennant.
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