In today’s MLB betting guide, the Minnesota Twins and Tampa Bay Rays face off in a high-class matchup, while both the Chicago White Sox and Texas Rangers look to get back on the right track.
Minnesota Twins (+105) vs Tampa Bay Rays (-125)
This is a battle between the two of the top five teams in the American League as the Twins have gotten the upper hand in the first two games of the series. Don’t expect the Rays to go down easily or be swept. They are a great defensive and pitching team which should come into play in this one as the Twins are mediocre in that department. Their bats should come around and have gotten a bit of life recently.
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The Rays have allowed 15 runs over the past two games and will look to change that with Jeffrey Springs on the mound who’s been very good for them. Despite having a 3.25 FIP (fielding independent pitching), he still keeps the batter on base to a minimum with a 0.92 WHIP (walks+hits per inning pitched). Rookie Cole Sands of the Twins has had a rough beginning to his MLB career failing to last longer than four innings and allowing 11 runs in 11.2 innings. He has lost his last two games and given up three home runs. The Twins will have to dig into their bullpen early in this one regardless of how well Sands pitches. The Rays’ bats aren’t exactly hot and haven’t been all season, so they will once again rely on pitching to win them games. Take them and the under (U8.5, +100).
Chicago White Sox (-150) vs Texas Rangers (+125)
The White Sox and Rangers head into Game 3 of the three-game series having each taken a game. The bats of both teams were going despite two of the best pitchers on each side on the mound. Today, Michael Kopech of the White Sox gets the start and has received a boost defensively from his team despite good numbers. He walks nearly a batter per two innings but also has a strikeout rate of nine. Jon Gray takes the mound for the Rangers after allowing five earned runs in two of his past three outings. He hasn’t had very many good starts this season, so it will be a battle for him to contain the White Sox batting who have been getting contact every game.
These teams are pretty even in all regards overall, including each having 27 wins in the season. Neither has won more than four games over the last 10 games and the White Sox have a negative win/loss at home while the Rangers have lost more than they’ve won on the road. Look for the bats to take over considering four members of the Rangers are extremely hot right now including Marcus Semien. Take the White Sox to bounce back after a loss in extra innings yesterday and the over (O8, -105) to hit.
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