Pick #5: Tampa Bay Rays F5 ML (-165 DraftKings)

The Tampa Bay Rays are primed to take down the Minnesota Twins in the first five innings today, and here's why you should bet on their moneyline.

If you've been keeping up with the MLB lately, you know that the Tampa Bay Rays have been on fire, boasting a major-league-leading record of 43-19. After an impressive 4-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox, they're all fired up for their six-game homestand opener against the Minnesota Twins. And if there's one thing the Rays have going for them, it's facing off against an opponent who struggles against right-handed pitchers (RHPs).

Over the past month, not many teams in the MLB have performed worse against RHPs on the road than the Minnesota Twins. Their -15.2 wRAA ranks 28th, their .277 wOBA ranks 26th, and their .324 SLG ranks dead last at 30th. That's not exactly the kind of track record you want when facing a pitcher like the Rays' Zach Eflin.

Eflin has been nothing short of a beast for the Rays this season. With a 7-1 record, he's been churning out quality start after quality start, pitching at least six innings in his last six outings. His stats are impressive: a 3.30 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and a 57:8 K:BB ratio through 10 starts (60 innings) this season. And when Eflin steps onto the mound at home, he takes it to another level, boasting a 2.19 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, and 8.3 K/9 over 37.0 innings.

Now, I know what you might be thinking: "But what about the Rays' recent injury woes? They just had to place second baseman Brandon Lowe on the 10-day injured list!" While that is true, and it's definitely a bummer to see an AL All-Star like Lowe sidelined, the Rays' depth and talent should be more than enough to make up for his absence. Plus, the Twins have their own injury concerns, with designated hitter Byron Buxton and shortstop Carlos Correa both questionable for the game.

So, what does all this mean for you, the savvy sports bettor? It means that the Tampa Bay Rays are in prime position to dominate the first five innings of their game against the Minnesota Twins today. The Twins' struggles against RHPs on the road, combined with Eflin's impressive stats and the Rays' overall team performance, make this an enticing bet to consider.

But hey, don't just take my word for it. Do your own research, check out the stats, and make an informed decision. The Rays have been on a roll, and with their matchup against the Twins, they've got all the right ingredients to continue their winning ways. So, hop on the Rays' hype train, and get ready to cash in on their early dominance in today's game. You won't want to miss it.