The Tampa Bay Rays are the underdog in our MLB odds to improve to 5-0 in the season series when they visit the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night. Make sure to also look for MLB player props on BetUS.com.
The Rays swept Minnesota in three games at home in June and recorded a 7-4 victory in the series opener Monday night in Minneapolis. Yandy Diaz belted his career-high 20th homer and knocked in his career-best 71st run to lead Tampa Bay.
It was also the fourth straight win and sixth in seven games for the Rays, who trail first-place Baltimore in the American League East by three games.
Minnesota has a comfortable 7½-game lead in the AL Central despite losing for the second straight day. The Twins have managed just seven runs in their four losses to Tampa Bay this year but are the favorites with Joe Ryan on the mound Tuesday.
Look for Rays vs Twins player prop bets on Ryan, a former Tampa Bay draft pick, and Rays’ starter Zack Littell.
Include Arozarena in MLB Player Props
All-Star Randy Arozarena could be worth a bet after registering a pair of hits in the series opener for the Rays.
Arozarena, who boasts 21 homers and 78 RBIs, was just 5-for-33 in September with two RBIs before getting on base three times Monday with two singles and a walk.
Diaz is 8-for-12 over his last three games. Josh Lowe has picked it up after a rough 1-for-14 stretch by collecting six hits in nine at-bats the past two days for Tampa Bay. The over is 4-0 in the last four Rays games, according to MLB lines, and 78-63 this season.
Tampa Bay could get Isaac Paredes (29 homers, 89 RBIs) back in the lineup after missing two games with a hand injury but will be without center fielder Jose Siri (25, 56).
#Rays Siri has a fracture in his right hand, Cash said there’s a chance he could return in about 3 weeks
— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) September 12, 2023
Lewis Good Bet to Stay Hot for Twins
Royce Lewis, the first pick in the 2017 MLB draft by the Twins, is putting up big numbers of late, with 15 RBIs in his last eight contests.
Lewis launched a three-run homer in the loss on Monday, is 12-for-31 during his torrid eight-game stretch, and owns a .312 batting average on the season.
Michael A. Taylor (hamstring), Joey Gallo (foot), Byron Buxton (hamstring) and Jorge Polanco (bereavement list) are not available, so Minnesota needs more heroics from Max Kepler. The outfielder belted his 22nd homer and could be part of your best prop bets Tuesday.
— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) September 12, 2023
Zack Littell (3-5, 4.29 ERA) vs Joe Ryan (10-9, 4.21)
Littell is coming off an outstanding outing last Thursday when he held Seattle to one run on five hits across eight innings but took a 1-0 loss. The 27-year-old, who made 43 appearances (two starts) for the Twins from 2018-20, is 2-3 with a 3.60 ERA on the road in 2023. Littell has a 3.83 ERA as a starter this season, with 39 strikeouts and just four walks.
Ryan has yielded four runs over 15 innings in his last three trips to the mound while going 1-1. The 27-year-old right-hander, who was traded to the Twins in the Nelson Cruz deal in 2021, is 6-4 with a 3.77 ERA at home. Ryan has allowed 19 homers to right-handed batters and eight against left-handers as he prepares to face the Rays for the first time.
Rays vs Twins Odds
Best Bets for Rays vs Twins
The Rays are on a roll again and have put up 27 runs during their four-game winning streak. With Diaz having a career season, Arozarena feeling better, and perhaps Paredes back, Tampa Bay is a solid bet to win on the moneyline. Littell has been solid as well.
Best Bet: Tampa Bay ML (+107)
Best Prop Bets for Rays vs Twins
Carlos Correa has had a good September (.308) and could be due to a rebound from Monday’s 0-for-4 effort for Minnesota. Arozarena should also be in your MLB player props to go deep at good odds.
Best MLB Prop: Carlos Correa (+500), Randy Arozarena (+540) to hit a homer.