Rays Vs Twins: MLB Betting Odds, Trends & Stats – August 15, 2021

Written By Staff on August 14, 2021

The Tampa Bay Rays (71-45) are looking for another strong showing from a slugger on a roll when they match up against the Minnesota Twins (50-66) on Sunday at 2:10 PM ET at Target Field. Mike Zunino is riding a three-game home run streak. Tampa Bay’s (-135 to win) Luis Patino and Minnesota’s (+115) Charlie Barnes pitch first for their squads in this matchup.

The betting insights and predictions in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of August 14, 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

Patiño (TB) Pitcher Barnes (MIN)
2 – 3 W/L 0 – 2
42.2 IP 13.1
4.64 ERA 6.08
1.200 WHIP 1.650
9.7 K/9 4.1
2.7 BB/9 3.4

Rays Probable Starter Luis Patiño

  • The Rays will send Patino (2-3) out to make his ninth start of the season. He is 2-3 with a 4.64 ERA and 46 strikeouts through 42 2/3 innings pitched.
  • In his most recent time out on Tuesday, the right-hander tossed six innings against the Red Sox, giving up four earned runs while surrendering six hits.
  • The opposing Twins offense has the seventh-ranked slugging percentage (.425) and ranks fourth in MLB play with 164 home runs. They have a collective .243 batting average, and are 11th in the league with 945 total hits and 14th in MLB play scoring 529 runs.
  • The Rays have a 2-2 record in Patiño’s four starts this season when they were the moneyline favorite.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of August 14, 2021 at 7:19 PM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Twins Probable Starter Charlie Barnes

  • Barnes will get the start for the Twins, his third of the season.
  • The left-hander last pitched on Tuesday against the White Sox, throwing 4 2/3 innings of relief while giving up three earned runs and allowing six hits.
  • The Rays have scored 604 runs this season, which ranks second in MLB. They have 935 hits, 14th in baseball, with 157 home runs (seventh in the league).
  • His team is 0-2 this season when he starts and they’re underdogs on the moneyline.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of August 14, 2021 at 7:19 PM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Rays Betting Trends

  • The Rays’ offense is averaging 5.8 runs in road games and 4.6 per contest when they play at home.
  • The Rays have the No. 2 offense in MLB play scoring 5.2 runs per game (604 total runs).
  • The Rays have won 45 of the 71 games they were favored on the moneyline this season (63.4%).
  • Tampa Bay has a 33-18 record (winning 64.7% of its games) when playing as a moneyline favorite of -135 or shorter.
  • In the 114 games oddsmakers have set an over/under for Tampa Bay, it has combined with opponents to go over the total 63 times (63-48-3).
  • Tampa Bay was the moneyline favorite for seven of its last 10 games, and finished 5-2 in those matchups.
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Twins Betting Trends

  • The Twins have scored 529 runs (4.6 per game) this season, which ranks 14th in MLB.
  • In 58 home games this season, they’ve scored 4.6 runs per contest compared to the 4.5 per game they score away from Target Field.
  • The Twins have won 21, or 42%, of the 50 games they’ve played as underdogs this season.
  • Minnesota has entered 26 games this season as the underdog by +115 or more and is 13-13 in those contests.
  • Minnesota’s games have gone over the total in 67 of their 115 chances.
  • In 10 games over the last 10 matchups when set as the underdog by sportsbooks, 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 23 doubles, two triples, 16 home runs and 38 walks while batting .271.
  • Arozarena ranks outside of the top 20 in hits, average and OBP among qualifying hitters in MLB play.
  • Arozarena takes a six-game hitting streak into this matchup. During that streak he is hitting .500 with four doubles, a triple, two home runs, four walks and five RBIs.

Rays Batting Stats (2021)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Austin Meadows 397 .237 64 21 77 .320 .783
Randy Arozarena 391 .271 68 16 53 .346 .809
Brandon Lowe 382 .230 67 26 65 .332 .816
Yandy Díaz 338 .254 48 9 40 .357 .736
Joey Wendle 323 .276 57 7 39 .321 .754
Manuel Margot 311 .257 37 9 48 .303 .695
Nelson Cruz 296 .294 44 19 50 .359 .896
Kevin Kiermaier 249 .245 35 3 27 .304 .653
Mike Zunino 239 .209 46 24 45 .299 .847
Brett Phillips 199 .211 38 9 34 .304 .711

Twins Players to Watch

  • Jorge Polanco is batting .271 this season with a team-high 21 home runs and 62 RBI.
  • Polanco’s SLG and OBP are not among league leaders among qualified hitters in MLB.
  • Josh Donaldson has 70 hits and an OBP of .349 to go with a slugging percentage of .460 this season.
  • Donaldson’s SLG and OBP are not in the top 25 in MLB among all qualified batters in the league.

Twins Batting Stats (2021)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Jorge Polanco 414 .271 69 21 62 .330 .818
Andrelton Simmons 316 .215 32 3 24 .281 .553
Miguel Sanó 315 .213 47 19 48 .303 .747
Max Kepler 294 .204 41 14 42 .286 .698
Josh Donaldson 289 .242 46 16 45 .349 .809
Luis Arraez 278 .313 42 1 27 .373 .772
Trevor Larnach 257 .226 29 7 27 .323 .677
Ryan Jeffers 167 .210 16 9 27 .290 .709
Mitch Garver 165 .230 25 13 28 .335 .862
Willians Astudillo 157 .268 15 6 18 .288 .715

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