Two of the top teams in the American League meet on Tuesday for the second baseball betting game of a four-game series as the Tampa Bay Rays host the Minnesota Twins. Brian Duensing is expected to get the ball for Minnesota while Jeff Niemann goes for Tampa Bay.
SBG Global current line: Rays – 153, Total 8 Over -120
Minnesota has taken advantage of a favorable schedule to get into the playoff race. Before yesterday’s game, their last three series were against Baltimore, Kansas City and Seattle. Things get tougher now with a series against the Rays.
The Rays are nearly even with New York for the American League East lead. They have an excellent record at home and on the road. The Rays have great statistics as they are in the top five in both runs scored and in ERA.
Duensing has a 4-1 record with a 1.83 ERA this season for the Twins. He has done well since moving into the starting rotation. In his last three outings he has pitched 15 innings and gone 2-0 with a 2.40 ERA. He has only pitched one inning in his career against Tampa Bay and did not give up a run.
Niemann is 9-3 this season with a 3.08 ERA for the Rays. He did not pitch that well last time out against Detroit as he gave up four runs and two home runs in six innings but the Rays still won the game. In his last three starts, Niemann is just 2-1 with a 5.19 ERA. He has pitched well in his career against the Twins going 1-0 with a 2.63 ERA.
Betting stats for this game indicates that the Twins have been stellar on Tuesday’s going 25-10 in their last 35 Tuesday games. The Rays are 4-0 in their last 4 home games vs. a left-handed starter. The Rays are 18-5 in Niemann’s last 23 starts. The Rays are 6-2 in Niemann’s last 8 home starts.
Looking at the total, the Over is 6-2 in the Twins last 8 road games vs. a right-handed starter. The Under is 8-1-2 in the Rays last 11 home games vs. a left-handed starter. The Under is 5-2 in the Rays last 7 home games. The Under is 12-4-1 in Niemann’s last 17 home starts.