Coming off of a 2-1 series win over the Angels, the Minnesota Twins (83-73) are -221 favorites to pick up the win in Game 1 of a three-game series against the Oakland Athletics (48-108). The series begins at Target Field, starting on Tuesday at 7:40 PM ET on BSN.
Minnesota’s Bailey Ober gets the start, and he’ll go against Oakland’s Paul Blackburn.
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Twins and Athletics Betting Trends
The Twins have put together a 63-43 record in games they were listed as the moneyline favorite (winning 59.4% of those games).
Minnesota has gone 8-5 when it has played as moneyline favorites with odds of -221 or shorter (61.5% winning percentage).
This season, the Athletics have been the underdog 154 times and won 47, or 30.5%, of those games.
Oakland has entered 67 games this season as the underdog by +182 or more and is 15-52 in those contests.
The Twins have had an over/under set by bookmakers 156 times, and have combined with opponents to go over the total in 77 of those games (77-72-7).
The Athletics and their opponents have gone over the total this season in 81 of their 156 opportunities.
Twins Stats & Insights
The Twins are the 11th-highest scoring team in MLB action averaging 4.7 runs per game (737 total).
Minnesota is fifth-best in baseball with 222 total home runs.
The Twins’ .241 batting average ranks 22nd in MLB.
Minnesota strikes out 10.3 times per game, the worst mark in baseball.
The Twins pitching staff ranks first in the majors with a collective 9.5 strikeouts per nine innings.
Minnesota has a 3.87 team ERA that ranks fifth among all MLB pitching staffs.
Athletics Stats & Insights
The Athletics are among the lowest scoring teams in the league, ranking last with just 565 total runs (3.6 per game) this season.
Oakland ranks 20th in Major League Baseball with 166 home runs.
The Athletics have a team batting average of just .223 this season, which ranks last among MLB teams.
Oakland ranks 23rd with an average of 9.2 strikeouts per game.
The Athletics strike out 8.3 batters per nine innings as a pitching staff, 25th in MLB.
Oakland has pitched to a 5.50 ERA this season, which ranks 29th in baseball.
Twins Key Players to Watch
Ober makes the start for the Twins, his 25th of the season. He is 7-6 with a 3.66 ERA and 129 strikeouts in 132 2/3 innings pitched.
Max Kepler leads Minnesota with 23 home runs this season. He’s batting .253 with 62 RBI.
Willi Castro has collected 86 hits this season and has an OBP of .326. He’s slugging .413 on the year.
Jorge Polanco has collected 76 base hits, an OBP of .340 and a slugging percentage of .466 this season.
Edouard Julien has collected 82 hits this season and has an OBP of .375. He’s slugging .442 on the year.
Athletics Key Players to Watch
The Athletics’ Blackburn (4-6) will make his 20th start of the season.
Esteury Ruiz is batting .256 with 24 doubles, a triple, five home runs and 18 walks.
Brent Rooker has shown off his power as he leads his team with 29 home runs and 65 RBI, with a team-high .243 batting average.
Tony Kemp is batting .209 with 13 doubles, three triples, five home runs and 44 walks.
Ryan Noda is batting .232 with 22 doubles, a triple, 15 home runs and 74 walks.
Twins and Athletics Injuries
Twins: Royce Lewis: 10 Day IL (Hamstring), Byron Buxton: 10 Day IL (Hamstring), Joey Gallo: 10 Day IL (Foot), Jovani Moran: 60 Day IL (Forearm), Tyler Mahle: 60 Day IL (Arm), José De León: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Jorge Alcala: 60 Day IL (Forearm), Oliver Ortega: 60 Day IL (Back), Nick Gordon: 60 Day IL (Shin), Jose Miranda: 60 Day IL (Shoulder), Matt Canterino: 60 Day IL (Undisclosed), Carlos Correa: day-to-day (Foot)
Athletics: Austin Pruitt: 15 Day IL (Forearm), Angel Felipe: 15 Day IL (Elbow), Zach Jackson: 60 Day IL (Elbow), James Kaprielian: 60 Day IL (Shoulder), Sean Newcomb: 60 Day IL (Knee), Freddy Tarnok: 60 Day IL (Calf), Drew Rucinski: 60 Day IL (Illness), Richard Lovelady: 60 Day IL (Arm), Yacksel Ríos: 60 Day IL (Finger)