MLB betting odds favor the Rays in most of their games. Tampa is competing with the New York Yankees for the best record in the league and both teams will probably make the playoffs. It could be that the Twins and Rays actually meet in the playoffs. This road trip is critical to the Twins as they look to stay with the White Sox in the American League Central race.
Tampa has a good chance at a win on Tuesday with Price on the mound. He leads the American League in wins with 14. He struck out nine and allowed two runs in 6 1/3 innings last time out against Detroit. Price has pitched very well in his career against the Twins, going 1-1 with a 1.88 ERA with 19 strikeouts in 14 1/3 innings.
Before yesterday’s game, the Rays had won 12 of the last 20 matchups against the Twins. The teams met early last month in Minnesota and the Rays took three of four. Three of those games went over the total. Last year when the teams met in Tampa, the Rays won two of three and all three games went under the total.
Minnesota is right around the .500 mark on the road this season and if they can stay there it might be good enough to win the division. Good teams win at home and play .500 on the road. The Twins have done that so far this season. Minnesota added closer Matt Capps last week and he should solidify the back end of their bullpen.
Tampa Bay has a chance to beat out the Yankees and win the American League East. Both teams will probably make the playoffs but the Rays would really like to take the division title. The Rays do everything very well as they are in the top five in hitting and in ERA. With Price on the mound they are deserving favorites on Tuesday night.