If you’re into the revenge game narrative, this series will feature plenty of former Rays making a homecoming. While manager Rocco Baldelli won’t be looking for revenge, he did spend a majority of his major league career in Tampa Bay that was cut short due to a muscular disorder. In addition, Baldelli also served as the Rays major league field coordinator under Kevin Cash in 2018.
Outside of that, Odorizzi and first baseman C.J. Cron also spent time with the Rays and while it probably doesn’t mean much, it will be interesting to see how they do in their old stomping grounds.
For this weekend, the Twins likely see success if their rested pitching staff doesn’t have rust from a couple days off. The lineup should also be ready to go even if the Rays play mind games with their opener strategy.
Keeping the Rays big guns in check (including Meadows) will be key and if the Twins can keep doing what they’re doing, they should be able to at least earn a series split and possibly pick up the win in St. Petersburg.