Tampa Bay Rays versus Minnesota Twins (June 25)
The Tampa Bay Rays take their second place standing in the AL East on the road to face the AL Central leading Minnesota Twins.
Blake Snell is scheduled to pitch for the Rays and Kyle Gibson will get the ball for the Twins.
Offensively, the Rays have been solid, but not spectacular.
They are hitting .259 with 97 home runs and 4.6 runs per game.
Brandon Lowe leads the team with 15 home runs and 46 RBI.
Austin Meadows has added 12 home runs and 41 RBI, while Yandy Diaz, Avisail Garcia and Tommy Pham have each contributed 11 home runs to the attack.
Slowing down the Twins offense has been an effort in futality for much of the season.
They are hitting .271 with 147 home runs and 5.7 runs scored per game.
Eddie Rosario is pacing the team with 20 home runs and 57 RBI, while Max Kepler is right behind him with 19 home runs and 51 RBI.
CJ Cron provides the third of the power trio, having belted 17 home runs with 50 RBI.
As a team, the Twins have seven players with at least ten home runs this season.
On the mound, Blake Snell has been a strikeout machine, fanning 101 in 75 2/3 innings.
On the downside, he’s allowed 10 home runs, which is a bad sign against the power-laden Twins lineup.
Out of the bullpen, Jalen Beeks has been a workhorse, pitching to an ERA just under three, in 58 innings.
The other top relievers on the staff, Adam Kolarek, Diego Castillo and Emilio Pagan have a combined ERA of 3.26 in 91 innings.
As a team, the Rays are allowing only 3.5 runs per game.
Kyle Gibson has also been hurt by the home run ball, allowing 11 in 79 2/3 innings, but has a solid record of 7-4 with a 4.18 ERA.
Close Blake Parker has 10 saves with an ERA of 4.10.
Trevor May, Tyler Rogers and Ryne Harper have a combined ERA of 2.18 in 91 innings.
As a unit, the Twins have allowed around the league average of 4.4 runs per game.
Snell and the rest of the Rays’ staff have the ability to hold the Twins to around their seasonal average.
If Kyle Gibson can give the Twins a good five or six innings, the Twins bullpen can shut the Rays down the rest of the way.
This looks like a game for the Twins to win, in a lower the usual scoring game.
If the over/under is around 9, look for 8 runs in this one with the Twins winning, 5-3.