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Massive Wild-Card Implications In Twins-Rays Series

The American League wild-card race is a total crapshoot. There are eight teams in the hunt, including the Minnesota Twins and Tampa Bay Rays. The Twins currently hold one of the two postseason spots but the Rays sit just four games back, which means a three-game series between the two clubs is of vital importance.

Shark Bites
  • The Twins have alternated wins and losses in Jose Berrios’ past 11 starts.
  • The Twins are 13-5 against the runline in their past 18 games.
  • The Rays are 6-3 SU and ATS in their past 9 games against the Twins.

Twins rookie pitcher Jose Berrios is coming off one of the best outings of his young career. The 23-year-old pitched seven innings of no-run ball while tying a career high with 11 strikeouts against the White Sox on Wednesday. However, hostile crowds have affected Berrios, with the righty posting a 5.12 ERA away from Target Field.

Alex Cobb has looked good for the Rays since returning from a stint on the DL, with the righty allowing just three runs in his past two starts. Cobb allowed just one earned run in five innings in his one outing against the Twins this season.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Tampa Bay Rays were listed as -122 moneyline favorites earlier in the day at BetOnline, while oddsmakers set the opening total line around 9 earlier at Bovada.

OddsShark computer score prediction models pick a possible 3.1-0.7 win for the Twins on Monday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Minnesota Twins vs Tampa Bay Rays Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Tampa Bay Rays sport a record of 68-70 heading into this matchup, while the Minnesota Twins sit at 71-65 on the season. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Tampa Bay vs Minnesota injuries news.

The Tampa Bay Rays sit at No. 10 in the current MLB power poll here at OddsShark, while the Minnesota Twins sit at No. 2 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Tampa Bay has baseball's No. 23-rated offensive output, at 8.3 hits per game. The Minnesota Twins average 8.83 hits per game, good for No. 13 on the list.

Comparing defensive stats, Minnesota owns the No. 10-rated road mark, allowing 4.42 runs per game on the highway. Tampa Bay, on the other hand, rates No. 24 in scoring at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Minnesota didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 5-4 to Kansas City on Sunday at Target Field.

Tampa Bay batters were mowed down by Lucas Giolito in their last start, falling 6-2 against Chicago while striking out 10 times on Sunday at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Betting Trends
  • Minnesota is 13-5 ATS in its last 18 games
  • Minnesota is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games
  • Minnesota is 11-3 ATS in its last 14 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games
  • Tampa Bay is 5-15 ATS in its last 20 games at home
  • Tampa Bay is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Tampa Bay's last 16 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Minnesota at Tampa Bay, Tuesday, September 5