The Minnesota Twins will make a road trip to Oakland to face off against the Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. NBC Sports – California will broadcast this AL showdown and the game is scheduled to get underway at 10:05 p.m. ET.
Minnesota Twins at Oakland Athletics Odds
The Twins have gone 71-81 SU this year and are 78-74 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 11.1 units for moneyline bettors and 0.1 units ATS. Minnesota’s covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the over has hit in five of those seven. The Athletics, on the other hand, are 92-61 SU and 81-71 ATS. They’ve gained 34.5 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 9.5 units ATS. Oakland has a 3-4 ATS mark over its last seven games and the total has gone over in five of those seven.
Neither team has established itself as an obvious over/under play this season. Athletics games have an over/under record of 72-71-9 in 2018. Twins games have gone over 75 times, gone under 74 times and pushed on three occasions.
Jose Berrios is getting the nod for the visiting Twins. The right-handed Berrios (11-11, 3.81 ERA) has racked up 185 strikeouts in 179.2 innings so far. He’s 0-1 with four strikeouts and a 5.40 ERA against Oakland this year.
The Athletics are sending righty Liam Hendriks (0-1, 5.30 ERA) to the mound. Hendriks has 18 strikeouts and nine walks to his name, as well as a WHIP of 1.61. Hendriks has yet to face the Twins this year and did not record a start against them in 2017.
Oakland’s pitching staff has given up 4.1 runs per game overall in 2018 as a unit. The club’s starting pitching staff has an ERA of 4.12, a WHIP of 1.23 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 6.6. The bullpen has a 3.33 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 8.9 K/9.
Oakland’s offense has produced 5.0 runs per contest, including 7.2 per game over its last 10 games and 9.4 per game over its last five. The team’s hit .316/.398/.486 over its last five matchups and is 2-3 SU during that span.
The Athletics’ hitters have been led by shortstop Marcus Semien and second baseman Jed Lowrie. Semien is hitting .258/.324/.382 with 12 home runs, 61 RBIs, 85 runs and 14 stolen bases, while Lowrie’s line is .269/.356/.450 with 21 homers, 94 RBIs and 74 runs scored.
For the visitors, Minnesota’s pitchers have allowed 4.9 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 4.58 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 8.25 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 4.61, along with a K-per-9 of 9.02.
Twins hitters have slashed .247/.317/.404 on their way to 4.4 runs scored per game this year, including 5.4 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 6.2 per game over the team’s last five contests (4-1 SU).
Outfielder Eddie Rosario and first baseman Joe Mauer continue to lead Minnesota’s hitters. Rosario is hitting .288/.323/.479 with 24 home runs, 77 RBIs and 87 runs scored. Mauer is hitting .276/.345/.377 with six homers, 45 RBIs and 53 runs scored.
The Twins have lost 3.9 units and are 57-52 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has cashed in 56 of those games, compared to 51 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Athletics have netted 29.3 units and are 51-46 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over has cashed in 48 of those games, compared to 45 that went under the total.
Minnesota Twins vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Athletics, ATS Winner – Twins, O/U – OVER
The over has hit in five of Minnesota’s last seven outings.
Minnesota has recorded 27.2 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 29.8 over its last five.
The Twins have hit nine home runs in their last 10 games, including seven over their last five.
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