The Tampa Bay Rays (34-23) head into Minnesota following a three-game sweep of St. Louis, and will hand the ball to Drew Rasmussen, who has a 3.02 ERA. The Twins (33-26) are looking to bounce back after dropping two of three to the Yankees. They go with Devin Smeltzer, who comes in boasting a 1.93 ERA.
Minnesota is only three games up on Cleveland in the AL Central and is looking to keep their distance, while Tampa is trying to hunt down the Yankees from seven games back.
Over the last week, Randy Arozarena has been one of the hottest hitters in baseball. He only has one home run over that time, but is touting an OPS over 1.000. That has helped raise his career low OPS up to .737, but Devin Smeltzer on the mound spells bad news for Arozarena’s hot bat. On the year, Arozarena has a slugging percentage of .326 against left handers, over 100 points lower than against right handed pitching and has yet to homer against a lefty.
The left hander on the mound might also take Ji Man Choi’s bat out of the lineup for Tampa. He actually has a 1.262 OPS against southpaws, but that has only come in 17 at-bats.