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Sliding down the AL East standings, the Tampa Bay Rays will get a tough test early this week as they open a series on the road against the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night in a -110 moneyline pick’em on the MLB betting odds.

The Rays split a four-game series with the Oakland A’s over the weekend, but are just 4-9 over their past 13 contests overall as the New York Yankees have surged ahead of them in the division standings. Tampa Bay is now 45-33 on the season, and they sit at +1800 on the odds to win the World Series.

Tampa Bay will send Blake Snell (4-6, 4.40 ERA) to the mound on Tuesday night, and the lefthander has already been tagged with more losses this season than he was all of last season when he went 21-5 with a 1.89 earned-run average and 221 strikeouts in 180 2-3 innings of work en route to the 2018 AL Cy Young award.

Snell is coming off a disastrous outing on the road against the Yankees last Wednesday, getting roughed up for six runs on two hits and four walks in just one third of an inning, in a game that Tampa Bay lost 12-1. Snell has given up six or more runs three times already this season, and the Rays are 7-8 over his 15 appearances.

Snell has faced the Twins four times in his career, with Tampa Bay going 1-3 in those contests. He last took on Minnesota last July 12 in a 5-1 loss for the Rays as -139 road favorites on the MLB betting lines. The OVER/UNDER went 3-1 in those four games.

Kyle Gibson (7-4, 4.18 ERA) is the probable pitcher for the Twins on Tuesday night, and he also got knocked around his last time out last Wednesday – allowing six runs on seven hits and five walks over 4 1-3 innings of work against the Red Sox. The righthander, though, had been 5-2 in his previous seven starts, and Minnesota is 9-5 over his 14 appearances.

The Twins are just 3-6 in Gibson’s nine career appearances against the Rays. However, Gibson has faced Tampa Bay once already this season on June 1, and allowed just a single unearned run on six hits over five innings in a 6-2 Minnesota victory. The Twins were listed as +107 road underdogs on the MLB odds in that contest.

Twins Paid Out Against Rays Earlier in Season

The Rays and Twins met for the first time this season in a four-game series from May 30 to June 2, with Tampa Bay rolling to a 14-3 win as -150 home betting favorites on the MLB baseball odds in the opener but Minnesota claiming the victory in the next three games. Overall the Twins are 6-4 in their past 10 games against the Rays dating back to last season.

The OVER paid off twice with two pushes for totals bettors on the MLB odds in that four-game series earlier this year. The OVER/UNDER is 7-1-2 in the past 10 games between the teams.

Minnesota enters the series with a strong lead atop the AL Central standings, and they’re now pegged among the favorites at +750 on the updated odds to win the World Series this fall. The Twins split four games at Kansas City over the weekend but are 3-5 in their last eight games. The UNDER has paid out on the totals in five of Minnesota’s last seven contests.

Tampa Bay’s Charlie Morton (8-1, 2.31 ERA) is expected to take the mound when this series continues on Wednesday night, facing Minnesota’s Jake Odorizzi (10-3, 2.58 ERA). Martin Perez (7-3, 4.28 ERA) is scheduled to pitch for the Twins in the series finale on Thursday.

*Odds as of June 24th, 2019

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