Opening MLB Betting Odds on Minnesota Twins at Tampa Bay Rays
The length of the baseball season makes it possible for teams to stage dramatic recoveries long after it looked as though they were down for the count. One team trying to make a major move in the final few weeks is the Minnesota Twins. They will continue their assault on the final Wild Card spot when they head into Tampa to face the Rays on Tuesday night. The Rays are favorites on MLB odds for the match.
Brief Analysis on the Opening MLB Betting Odds on Minnesota Twins at Tampa Bay Rays & Game Info
Date: Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Venue: Tropicana Field
Opening Line: Tampa Bay -140
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The Wild Card race in the American League has become totally unpredictable, with some teams falling fast, allowing others to rise. The Minnesota Twins (63-61) are one of the teams that is creeping ever closer to that coveted final spot. They finished off a very good week by sweeping the Baltimore Orioles in 4 games. That came right on the heels of being swept by the Yankees, and looking as though they were done. The Twins are now just a game and a half back of the Texas Rangers for the final spot, and they have a chance now to create some separation between themselves and the Rays, who sit just a game behind them in the Wild Card race.
If the Twins want to serve notice that they are indeed back in business, this series might be the perfect way for them to do so. Tyler Duffy (2-1, 4.60 ERA) seems to have settled into his starting rotation spot, as he has won 2 in a row and looked very good in the process.
The Tampa Bay Rays (62-62) seem like a team that is destined to go .500 this season, and while that may be viewed as less than stellar, it means that they are still in the Wild Card hunt. They are 2.5 games out of the final spot, but will need to find a way to start scoring runs, whilst also getting their bullpen under control, if they hope to overcome that deficit. The Rays went just 4-6 on their 10-game road trip, but they finished it strong by splitting with the Astros and taking 2 of 3 from the Oakland A’s. Chris Archer (11-9, 2.77 ERA) was nothing short of spectacular in his last outing versus the Houston Astros, where he gave up just 1 hit in 9 scoreless innings.
Key MLB Betting Trends
Tampa Bay is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay’s last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Minnesota’s last 9 games
Consider This Before Placing Your Bets
If Archer can even get close to how good he was in his last start, the Rays will get the win. I expect this to be a low-scoring affair, with Tampa just edging it in the end.