Aaron Civale takes the mound for the Tampa Bay Rays as they visit the Minnesota Twins. It's time to continue our MLB odds series with a Rays-Twins prediction and pick.

Rays-Twins Projected Starters 

Aaron Civale vs. Pablo Lopez

Aaron Civale (2-5) with a 5.20 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.

Last Start: Last time out, Civale gave up five hits and a walk in 5.2 innings of work. The only run he gave up in the game was on a solo home run as Civale took a no-decision and the Rays lost 4-3 to the Cubs.

2024 Road Splits: Civale has made six starts on the road this year. He is 1-2 with a 6.37 ERA and an opponent batting average of .296.

Pablo Lopez (6-6) with a 5.33 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.

Last Start: Lopez went five innings in his last start, giving up five hits and two runs, as he took the win over the Colorado Rockies.

2024 Home Splits: Lopez has made seven starts at home this year, going 3-3. He has a 4.50 ERA at home, while opponents have hit .275 against Lopez when Lopez is pitching at home.

Here are the MLB Odds, courtesy of FanDuel. 

MLB Odds: Rays-Twins Odds

Tampa Bay Rays: +1.5 (-160)

Moneyline: +134

Minnesota Twins: -1.5 (+132)

Moneyline: -158

Over: 8.5 (+102)

Under: 8.5 (-124)

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Time: 7:40 PM ET/ 4:40 PM PT

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Why The Rays Will Cover The Spread/Win

The Rays are 25th in the majors in runs scored while sitting 24th in batting average, 20th in on-base percentage, and 28th in slugging. Isaac Paredes leads the way this year. He is hitting .281 on the year with a .360 on-base percentage. Paredes has ten home runs and 15 doubles with 38 RBIs. He has also scored 27 times. Yandy Diaz has also been solid this year. He has a .259 batting average with four home runs and 30 RBIs. He has also scored 27 times. Also hitting well this year is Amed Rosario. He is hitting .299 on the year with a .321 on-base percentage. Rosario has 11 doubles, three triples, and two home runs, good for 23 RBIs and 17 runs scored. Further, Twins pitchers will need to be concerned if Jose Caballero gets on the basepath. He has stolen 22 bases this year.

The hottest bat in the lineup may belong to Ben Rortvedt. Rortvedt is hitting .308 in the last week with a home run and five RBIs. He has scored just once though. Jose Siri is scoring a lot as of late as well. While he is hitting .269 in the last week, he has two home runs. three RBIs and has scored six times in seven games.

Current members of the Rays have 55 career at-bats against Pablo Lopez. They are hitting just .164 against him with two home runs and four RBIs. Randy Arozarena has a good track record against Lopez as well. He is three for eight with a double against him. Amed Rosario also has some production. He is just two for 14 against Lopez but with a home run and four RBIs.

Why The Twins Will Cover The Spread/Win

The Twins are ninth in the majors in runs scored, sitting 14th in batting average, 12th in on-base percentage, and fifth in slugging. Carlos Santana has been solid this year. He is hitting .235 this year with a .316 on-base percentage. Santana also has 11 home runs and 36 RBIs with 26 runs scored. Ryan Jeffers has also been solid this year. He is hitting .233 on the year with a .318 on-base percentage. He has 12 home runs and 36 RBIs while scoring 27 times. Rounding out the top bats this year is Carlos Correa. He is hitting .308 with a .370 on-base percentage. He has eight home runs with 35 RBIs and 34 runs scored.

Carlos Correa has also been hot as of late. He is hitting .548 in the last week with three home runs. He has scored nine times and driven in nine runs. Carlos Santana is also hitting well. He is hitting .391 with a .462 on-base percentage in the last week. He has two home runs, nine RBIs, and six runs scored in the last week. Rounding out the hottest bats is Royce Lewis. Lewis is hitting .417 in the last week with four home runs and seven RBIs. He has also scored nine times in the last week.

Current members of the Twins have 82 career at-bats against Aaron Civale. They are hitting .220 against him with two home runs and seven RBIs. Byron Buxton is three of 13 with two home runs and two RBIs against Civale. Further, Max Kepler is seven for 19 against Civale with two doubles and an RBI.

Final Rays-Twins Prediction & Pick

While the Rays have some solid bats, and have a few guys hitting well, that will not matter in this one. The Twins have more players hitting at a higher level, not only this week but this year. Pablo Lopez has not been great this year, but Aaron Civale has struggled heavily. Civale has not been the winning pitcher since April 9 against the Angels. The Rays have gone 2-9 in his 11 starts since. Take the Twins in this one.

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Final Rays-Twins Prediction & Pick: Twins ML (-158)