Tampa Bay Rays vs. Minnesota Twins: Best Odds and Preview for September 3, 2021


By BestOdds Analyst | September 2, 2021, 10:47 pm

Yandy Diaz is just two hits away from his 100th of the season as his Tampa Bay Rays (84-50) ready for a matchup with the Minnesota Twins (58-75) on Friday at 7:10 PM ET. The Rays are favored (-181) over the Twins (+156).

Tampa Bay’s Michael Wacha starts against Minnesota’s Randy Dobnak.

Best Odds for Tampa Bay Rays vs Minnesota Twins

Welcome to the BestOdds’ betting breakdown where we use data from our industry leading partner, Sportradar, to identify performance trends in order to analyze teams’ chances to win the upcoming game.

Today, we are looking at the MLB matchup between the Tampa Bay Rays and Minnesota Twins.

Rays Insights

Betting Trends

  • The Rays have been favorites in 87 games this season and have come away with the win 57 times (65.5%) in those contests.
  • Contests with Tampa Bay have gone over the total set by oddsmakers in 71 of 132 chances this season.
  • No team has scored more than the 712 runs the Rays have this season.
  • Tampa Bay has played as the favorite in nine of its past 10 games and has gone 7-2 in those contests.
  • In their last 10 games with an over/under, the Rays and their opponents have combined to clear the total three times.

Probable Starting Pitcher Stats

  • Wacha (2-4) takes the mound first for the Rays in his 19th start of the season. He’s put together a 5.70 ERA in 94 2/3 innings pitched, with 91 strikeouts.
  • In his last appearance on Saturday against the Orioles, the right-hander went 4 1/3 innings, allowing one earned run while surrendering three hits.
  • Wacha’s team has an 11-7 record in his starts this season.
  • Wacha’s starts went over the run total 10 times in 17 games with a set total this season.

Key Players

Name GP BA OBP SLG HR RBI H
Nelson Cruz 85 .294 .359 .537 19 50 87
Mike Zunino 87 .207 .303 .546 27 51 56
Brandon Lowe 126 .230 .328 .493 31 78 103
Randy Arozarena 117 .270 .347 .455 18 59 120
Wander Franco 56 .275 .339 .455 7 35 61
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Twins Insights

Betting Trends

  • The Twins have gone 25-35 in games they were listed as the moneyline underdog (winning 41.7% of those games).
  • In the 132 games oddsmakers have set an over/under for Minnesota, it has combined with opponents to go over the total 75 times (75-52-5).
  • The Twins are the 15th-highest scoring team in MLB action averaging 4.5 runs per game (602 total).
  • Minnesota has a 3-4 record over the seven games it was the underdog on the moneyline in its last 10 matchups.
  • In their last 10 matchups, the Twins and their opponents combined to hit the over on the run total four times.

Probable Starting Pitcher Stats

  • Dobnak gets the start for the Twins, his sixth of the season. He is 1-6 with a 7.83 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 43 2/3 innings pitched.
  • His most recent appearance was on Saturday, June 19 against the Rangers, when the right-hander went five innings, surrendering two earned runs while allowing four hits.
  • Over Dobnak’s five starts, his team is 2-3.
  • Dobnak’s starts with a set total this season have hit the over in three of five contests.

Key Players

Name GP BA OBP SLG HR RBI H
Byron Buxton 33 .317 .358 .651 10 19 40
Josh Donaldson 106 .254 .355 .486 21 59 90
Jorge Polanco 123 .272 .331 .487 24 78 130
Miguel Sanó 107 .218 .303 .454 23 61 81
Luis Arraez 95 .297 .362 .384 2 32 99

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