RAYS LOOK TO MAKE IT THREE STRAIGHT OVER THE TWINS
Wed, 04 Aug 2010 06:19 PM EDT
Minnesota (59-48) at Tampa Bay (67-39), 7:10 p.m. EDT Sports.com Line:Tampa Bay -180, Total: 8
The Rays, winners of 10 of their last 11, have moved into sole possession of first place in the ultra-competitive AL East. The hosts are favored in this third game of a four-game set with Minnesota. The Twins rode into Tampa on a season-high eight-game winning streak before dropping two straight to the red-hot Rays. Minnesota had been feasting on the bottom dwellers of the AL: Baltimore, Kansas City and Seattle. Baseball Odds
Twins starter Scott Baker (9-9, 5.00 ERA) has won his last two starts and got the better of Rays starter David Price (14-5, 2.90 ERA) on July 2 when he allowed just one run on six hits while striking out eight Rays over seven innings in a 2-1 victory in Minnesota. However, AL win leader Price is 7-1 with a 2.12 ERA at home this season, posting quality starts in all nine games at the Trop. Baseball Scores
FoxSheets show another thing going the Rays way: Home favorites with a money line of -110 or higher (TAMPA BAY) – below average AL hitting team (AVG <=.265) against a team with a good bullpen (ERA <=3.75), with a starting pitcher whose strikes out 5 or more batters per start. (106-36 over the last 5 seasons.) (74.6%, +51.8 units. Rating = 3*) Baseball Lines
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