Minnesota Twins at Tampa Bay Rays 9/4/21 - MLB Picks & Predictions

Last Updated: 09/03/2021 at 9:06 PM ET

On Saturday, the Minnesota Twins play the second game of a three-game series on the road against the Tampa Bay Rays. Minnesota dropped to 58-75 following a 3-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday. Minnesota was swept in a short two-game interleague series by the Cubs. The Twins are last in the American League Central 19 ½ games behind first-place Chicago.

Jorge Polanco is batting .272 to lead Cleveland and the shortstop has team highs in home runs with 24, RBIs with 78 and hits with 130. Third baseman Josh Donaldson is the leader in on-base percentage at .358. On Saturday, the Minnesota Twins will send Andrew Albers to the mound. The left hander is 1-0 with an ERA of 0.96, 6 Ks and 2 BBs.

Tampa Bay dropped to 84-50 following a 4-0 loss on Thursday to the Boston Red Sox. Tampa Bay has lost two straight after winning nine in a row. Nevertheless, Tampa Bay is first in the American League East with a 6 ½-game lead over the New York Yankees. Tampa Bay has won 15 of its last 20.

Randy Arozarena is batting .270 to lead Tampa Bay and the left fielder has a team high 120 hits. Second baseman Brandon Lowe is the leader in home runs with 31 and designated hitter Austin Meadows is the leader in RBIs with 93. On Saturday, the Tampa Bay Rays will send Chris Archer to the mound. The right-hander is 0-1 with an ERA of 4.35, 16 Ks and 3 BBs.

While the OVER is a solid choice, the play here is Tampa Bay. Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer has made just two appearances since returning from an injury that sidelined the right-hander on April 10. Tampa Bay has won each of those two outings by Archer and the right-hander has allowed a combined two runs on five hits across six innings. Final Score Prediction, Tampa Bay Rays win 7-3.

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