Minnesota Twins vs. Oakland Athletics Betting Preview

Victor TrejosBaseball, MLB

The Oakland Athletics will pay a visit to Target Field to play the Minnesota Twins. This AL matchup will begin at 8:10 p.m. ET and fans can tune in to NBC Sports – California to catch the action.

Oakland Athletics at Minnesota Twins Odds

Vegas has listed Minnesota (+145) as the underdog to Oakland (-155). The total sits at 10 runs and gamblers can take the over for -105 and the under for -115. The game’s current runline odds sit at -110 for taking the Athletics -1.5 runs and -110 for the Twins +1.5.

The Twins are 67-58 against the spread (ATS), but only 60-66 straight up (SU). They’ve lost 7.2 units for moneyline bettors while earning 6.9 units (ATS). The Athletics have gone 76-51 SU this year and are 65-61 ATS. In total, the team’s gained 31.8 units for moneyline bettors and 2.1 units ATS.

Minnesota games have an over/under record of 60-62-3 in 2018. Athletics games have gone under 61 times, gone over 56 times and pushed on nine instances.

Trevor Cahill will get the nod for Oakland. The right-handed Cahill is 5-2 with a 3.12 ERA and 85 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Twins this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Twins are sending righty Kohl Stewart (0-1, 7.71 ERA) to the mound. Stewart has three strikeouts and five walks to his name, as well as a WHIP of 2.29. Stewart did not record any MLB pitching stats last season.

Oakland’s pitchers have allowed 4.1 runs per game and its starters own a 4.06 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 6.61 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.32, along with a K-per-9 of 9.13.

Athletics hitters have slashed .250/.324/.434 on their way to 4.7 runs scored per game in 2018, including 5.0 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 5.6 per game over the team’s last five contests (3-2 SU).

Shortstop Marcus Semien and second baseman Jed Lowrie continue to lead Oakland’s hitters. Semien is slashing .264/.323/.389 with 10 home runs, 46 RBIs, 74 runs and 13 steals, while Lowrie (.274/.356/.468) is up to 19 homers, 78 RBIs and 55 runs scored.

For the home team, Minnesota’s pitching staff has allowed 4.7 runs per game overall in 2018. Its starting pitching staff has a 4.49 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 8.4 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.42 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 9.3 K/9.

The Minnesota hitters have put up 4.5 runs per outing, including 5.6 per game over its last 10 games and 4.6 per game over their last five. The team’s hit .250/.326/.476 over its last five matchups and is 2-3 SU during that span.

Left fielder Eddie Rosario and shortstop Eduardo Escobar have led the charge for the Twins’ batters this year. Rosario is hitting .290/.328/.488 with 22 home runs, 72 RBIs and 80 runs scored, and Escobar’s line is .274/.338/.514 with 15 homers, 63 RBIs and 45 runs scored.

The Athletics have gained 23.1 units and are 41-40 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in 38 of those games, compared to 39 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Twins have lost 5.0 units and are 47-42 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over’s cashed in 45 of those games, compared to 42 that went under.

Oakland Athletics at Minnesota Twins MLB Tip

Predictions: SU Winner – Athletics, ATS Winner – Athletics, O/U – UNDER

Betting Notes

  • The over has hit in only one of Oakland’s last seven games.
  • Minnesota has recorded 22.6 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 21.4 over its last five.
  • The Athletics have hit 12 home runs in their last 10 games, including eight over their last five.