The MLB picks back up on Tuesday night after a quieter Monday night of action. Fifteen games are up on the board, including a matchup between the Minnesota Twins and the Oakland Athletics. These two teams are both doing well in the American League this season. This game will start at around 10:07 PM Eastern time.
The Twins have started out this season with a record of 53-30, which has them sitting in the first place of the AL Central so far. Minnesota is coming off a day off and will look to start this series against the Athletics on the right foot. The Twins started their road trip against the Chicago White Sox and were able to only win one of the three games. Minnesota will look to bounce back with a win on Tuesday night.
Oakland is currently sitting in third place of the AL West with a record of 46-39 this season. The Athletics are still sticking tight in their division, sitting seven games back from the division-leading Houston Astros. Oakland just finished up a six-game road trip in which they went 5-1. The Athletics won three games in a row against the Angels and will look to keep that up with another win against the Twins.
Tuesday night’s matchup between the Twins and the Athletics will be the first series of the season. Minnesota and Oakland are both still right in the mix of the playoff picture this season and will need to pull off a strong performance to gain a win on each other. I believe that this should be a really good three-game series between the two squads.
Minnesota and Oakland met up in two different series last season. The first series was a four-game series hosted by the Twins. Minnesota took the first game by a score of 6-4, but they could not get another win in the series. The Athletics took the next three games by scores of 7-1 and 6-2 twice.
The second series shifted to Oakland for a three-game series towards the very end of the season. The Athletics took the first two games in impressive fashion with a walk-off home run from Khris Davis and a walk-off from a wild pitch. The Twins were able to finish out the final game of the series the way they started against Oakland on the season, with a 5-1 win.
These two teams met up seven times throughout last season with Oakland going 5-2 against the Twins. The Athletics went on to make the American League Wild Card game with a record of 97-65 last season. Minnesota did not have quite as good of a season last season, going 78-84 to end the year. The Twins are looking better this season and they will hope that translates into a win.
The Twins have been led by Jorge Polanco so far this season. Polanco has been able to earn 105 hits, 11 home runs, 39 RBI’s and a batting average of .320. Max Kepler is questionable for Tuesday night. He has 79 hits, 21 home runs and 53 RBI’s. C.J. Cron has 78 hits, 17 home runs and 52 RBI’s. Minnesota is missing a big part of their offense in Eddie Rosario, who has 87 hits, 20 home runs and 60 RBI’s.
Marcus Semien has 75 hits, 11 home runs and 42 RBI’s on the season for Oakland. Matt Chapman has put up another 86 hits, 21 home runs and 52 RBI’s. The Athletics have also seen good production out of Ramon Laureano, who has 79 hits, 13 home runs and 40 RBI’s. Khris Davis has added 63 hits with 16 home runs this season.
Minnesota was one of the best hitting teams throughout the month of June, second to the Atlanta Braves. The Twins will look to keep up that recent strong streak against Oakland on Tuesday night. Oakland has some good hitters on their lineup as well but will need some players to step up if they want to keep up with Minnesota on Tuesday.
Jake Odorizzi will start on the mound for the Twins on Tuesday night. Odorizzi has put up an impressive 10-3 record through sixteen starts this season. He has an ERA of 2.73 and a WHIP of 1.074 so far this season. In his last start, Odorizzi pitched five innings and allowed four hits and three runs against the Tampa Bay Rays.
The A’s will start Daniel Mengden on the mound for his fourth start of the season. In those four starts, he has a 2-1 record this season. Mengden has earned an ERA of 4.03 and a WHIP of 1.483. Mengden played the St. Louis Cardinals in his last game, pitching six innings, allowing four hits and no runs. That performance earned him his second win of the season.
Minnesota has the clear edge on the mound with Odorizzi starting. He has struggled in his last two performances, putting up a 0-1 record, but he will look to bounce back against the Athletics. Mengden has done solid as a starter and will look to keep up that recent streak with his third win on the season against the Twins.
Minnesota struggled against the Athletics last season, but I believe that the Twins could get a jump on this series with a win on Tuesday night. Even with Minnesota’s injuries, their team has been red hot at batting, and they could use that to their advantage against Oakland. The Twins also have the better starting pitcher on the mound to give them another edge.
BetOnline has Minnesota listed as a -117 against the money line on Tuesday. This implies that the Twins will win this game around 53.9 percent of the time. I believe that this is a good line for the game. Oakland comes in on a winning streak, but I believe that could end with a loss to Minnesota in this three-game series. There is a lot of value on the Twins in my opinion for this game, making them my pick of the night.