Oakland Athletics vs. Minnesota Twins Matchup

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The Minnesota Twins are prepared to battle against the Oakland Athletics at Target Field. The first pitch is scheduled for 2:10 p.m. ET and NBC Sports – California will showcase this AL matchup.

Oakland Athletics at Minnesota Twins Odds

Both teams have equal moneyline odds (-105) and Vegas has set the Over/Under for this day game at 9 runs. The odds for wagering on the game’s total stand at +100 for the over and -120 for the under. Bettors can also wager on the game’s runline with the current odds standing at +140 for the Athletics -1.5 runs and -160 for the Twins +1.5 runs.

The Twins are 68-60 against the spread (ATS)despite being only 61-68 straight up (SU). The team has lost 7.6 units for moneyline bettors while gaining 4.4 units (ATS). Minnesota has covered the spread just twice in its last seven games and the total went over in four of those seven. The Athletics, on the other hand, have gone 78-52 SU this year and are 66-63 ATS. In total, the team’s gained 29.6 units for moneyline gamblers and 1.2 units ATS. Oakland has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in three of those seven.

Minnesota games have had an over/under record of 62-63-3 in 2018. Oakland has been a decent under bet with a total record of 57-63-9.

Right-hander Chris Bassitt will get the nod for the visiting Athletics. Bassitt is 2-3 with a 3.38 ERA and 25 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Twins this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Twins are putting the ball in the right hand of Jose Berrios (11-8, 3.69 ERA), who has 161 strikeouts and 46 walks this season as well as a 1.13 WHIP. Berrios did not record a start against the Athletics in 2017.

Minnesota’s pitchers have given up 4.7 runs per game overall this season as a unit. The club’s starters have a 4.48 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 8.3 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.48 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 9.3 K/9.

Minnesota’s hitters are putting up 4.5 runs per contest, including 5.2 per game over its last 10 games and 3.4 per game over their last five. The team has slashed .241/.317/.327 over its last five games and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.

Left fielder Eddie Rosario and first baseman Joe Mauer have led the Twins’ hitters this year. Rosario is hitting .289/.327/.483 with 22 home runs, 73 RBIs and 82 runs scored, and Mauer is hitting .276 with five homers, 39 RBIs and 45 runs.

For the visiting squad, Oakland’s pitching staff allowed 4.1 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 4.04 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 6.60 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 3.28, along with a K-per-9 of 9.20.

Athletics hitters have slashed .251/.324/.436 on their way to 4.8 runs scored per game this year, including 4.9 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 5.0 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 offense. Semien is slashing .263/.322/.384 with 10 home runs, 46 RBIs, 74 runs and 13 stolen bases, while Lowrie is hitting .272/.354/.468 with 20 homers, 79 RBIs and 57 runs scored.

The Athletics have gained 22.4 units and are 42-41 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in 39 of those games, compared to 40 that’ve gone under against right-handed starting pitchers.

Oakland Athletics at Minnesota Twins MLB Prediction

Predictions: SU Winner – Twins, ATS Winner – Twins, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • Oakland has tallied 17 extra-base hits over its last five contests. Minnesota has six XBH over its last five.
  • The Athletics have hit 15 home runs in their last 10 games. The Twins have hit 19 over their last 10.
  • Minnesota has recorded 22 runs + hits + errors per game over its last 10 outings and 19 over its last five.
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