Rays Vs Twins: MLB Betting Odds, Trends & Stats – August 13, 2021

Written By Staff on August 12, 2021

Mike Zunino takes a two-game home run streak into the Tampa Bay Rays’ (70-45) matchup against the Minnesota Twins (50-65) at 8:10 PM ET on Friday at Target Field. Shane McClanahan gets the starting nod for Tampa Bay (-160 to win), and Michael Pineda is Minnesota’s (+140) choice to start.

The betting insights and predictions in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of August 12, 2021, 7:00 PM ET. See table below for current betting odds and CLICK HERE to bet at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Rays vs Twins Betting Odds

Pitching Matchup

McClanahan (TB) Pitcher Pineda (MIN)
6 – 4 W/L 4 – 7
84.0 IP 82.1
3.75 ERA 3.83
1.250 WHIP 1.190
10.6 K/9 7.7
3.0 BB/9 1.7

Rays Probable Starter Shane McClanahan

  • McClanahan makes the start for the Rays, his 18th of the season. He is 6-4 with a 3.75 ERA and 99 strikeouts through 84 innings pitched.
  • In his last outing on Saturday against the Orioles, the left-hander tossed seven innings, giving up three earned runs while surrendering five hits.
  • He will take the hill against a Twins squad that is hitting .242 as a unit (12th in the MLB). They are also slugging a collective .425 (seventh in the league) with 163 total home runs (third in MLB action).
  • The Rays are 7-4 in McClanahan’s 11 starts this season with Tampa Bay as the moneyline favorite.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of August 12, 2021 at 7:48 PM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Twins Probable Starter Michael Pineda

  • Pineda (4-7) will take the mound for the Twins, his 17th start of the season.
  • The right-hander gave up two earned runs and allowed seven hits in six innings pitched against the Astros on Saturday.
  • The Rays have scored 594 runs this season, which ranks third in MLB. They have 922 hits, 14th in baseball, with 153 home runs (sixth in the league).
  • His team has been victorious in 25% of the games he’s started as the moneyline underdog with a record of 2-6.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of August 12, 2021 at 7:48 PM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Rays Stats vs Pineda

Player AB AVG H HR RBI OBP OPS
Kevin Kiermaier 23 .217 5 0 3 .333 .681
Nelson Cruz 18 .222 4 0 0 .300 .578
Mike Zunino 6 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000

Rays Betting Trends

  • The Rays score an average of 5.8 runs per road game compared to 4.6 per contest at home.
  • The Rays have the No. 3 offense in baseball scoring 5.2 runs per game (594 total runs).
  • The Rays have been favored on the moneyline 70 total times this season. They’ve finished 44-26 in those games.
  • Tampa Bay is 19-12 (winning 61.3% of its games) when it has played as a moneyline favorite of -160 or shorter.
  • Tampa Bay has played in 113 games with set over/under, and has combined with opponents to go over the total 62 times (62-48-3).
  • Tampa Bay was the moneyline favorite in seven of its last 10 games, and finished 5-2 in those matchups.
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Twins Betting Trends

  • The Twins have scored the 13th-most runs in the league this season with 525 (4.6 per game).
  • In home games this season, they have scored a total of 265 runs (4.6 per game) while pushing across 260 total away from Target Field, an average of 4.5 per contest.
  • The Twins have been underdogs in 49 games this season and won 21 (42.9%) of those contests.
  • Minnesota is 4-4 this season when entering a game as the underdog by +140 or more on the moneyline.
  • Minnesota and its opponents have gone over the total this season in 66 of their 114 opportunities.
  • In 10 games over the last 10 matchups when set as the underdog by oddsmakers, Minnesota has a record of 6-4.

Rays Players to Watch

  • Nelson Cruz is hitting .294 with 13 doubles, a triple, 19 home runs and 29 walks.
  • Randy Arozarena has 22 doubles, two triples, 16 home runs and 36 walks while batting .271.
  • Among the qualifying hitters in MLB play, Arozarena’s home runs and RBI fall outside of the league leaders.
  • Arozarena has safely hit in five straight games. Over that span he is hitting .526 with three doubles, a triple, two home runs, two walks and four RBIs.

Rays Batting Stats (2021)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Austin Meadows 397 .237 64 21 77 .320 .783
Randy Arozarena 388 .271 67 16 52 .343 .804
Brandon Lowe 377 .228 66 26 65 .331 .816
Yandy Díaz 335 .254 47 8 39 .357 .727
Joey Wendle 318 .277 56 7 38 .323 .760
Manuel Margot 307 .257 37 9 47 .304 .698
Nelson Cruz 296 .294 44 19 50 .359 .896
Kevin Kiermaier 244 .242 34 2 24 .302 .638
Mike Zunino 235 .204 44 23 44 .296 .832
Brett Phillips 199 .211 38 9 34 .304 .711

Twins Players to Watch

  • Jorge Polanco is batting .274 this season with a team-high 21 home runs and 62 RBI.
  • Polanco’s hits and batting average fall outside of league leaders among qualified hitters in MLB.
  • Josh Donaldson has 69 hits and an OBP of .350 to go with a slugging percentage of .463 this season.

Twins Batting Stats (2021)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Jorge Polanco 409 .274 69 21 62 .334 .828
Andrelton Simmons 312 .218 32 3 24 .284 .560
Miguel Sanó 311 .209 47 19 46 .300 .744
Max Kepler 294 .204 41 14 42 .286 .698
Josh Donaldson 285 .242 46 16 45 .350 .813
Luis Arraez 278 .313 42 1 27 .373 .772
Trevor Larnach 253 .229 29 7 27 .328 .688
Ryan Jeffers 163 .209 15 9 27 .291 .714
Mitch Garver 162 .222 24 13 28 .326 .851
Willians Astudillo 157 .268 15 6 18 .288 .715

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