The Minnesota Twins put a six-game winning streak to rest for the Oakland Athletics last night. Oakland came into Minnesota with a lot of confidence and six wins in a row on their resume. They swept the White Sox and Mariners to get there. However, the A’s were greeted by a much better team Thursday. The Twins showed why they’re leaders of the AL Central with a 6-3 come from behind victory.
Minnesota scored 5 runs between the 7th and 8th inning to gain a 3-run lead going into the 9th. Kyle Gibson was strong through 7 innings of work, while Taylor Rogers took it from there with 2 scoreless innings. The Twins maintain their 4-game in the AL Central, but the Indians aren’t going down quietly. They’ve been playing much better baseball recently and have gotten within striking distance after sitting in no mans land for much of the year.
The Tribe got hot just at the right moment before the All-Star break and it’s carried over post-All Star Game. I will say, though, that they are taking advantage of a terrible Tigers team. That’s what good teams do, beat up on the little guys. It could end up being an exciting finish in the AL Central. After the Indians ran away with the division in 2018, it’d be something different that’s for sure.
Minnesota had to win last night to end a three-game skid. Despite winning two out of three against the Indians and generating some more space, they quickly gave it back with a loss in the series finale and two losses to the Mets. The A’s are still feeling good with a record of 8-1 in their previous nine games. They head into tonight with Chris Bassitt leading the way on the bump. Jake Odorizzi is expected to be back for his second straight scheduled start after missing an outing with a blister. Head below for our free Athletics vs. Twins pick.
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Jake Odorizzi has proven to be a pretty solid acquisition by the Twins. The former Ray is on pace for a career-high ERA in 2019 in his second season with the club. Odorizzi spent five years with varying degrees of success. He hit a high with an ERA of 3.35 in 2015, though steadily regressed until he started 2019. Odorizzi will begin this contest against the A’s with an ERA of 3.06 and 1.11 WHIP. He is coming off an impressive showing against the Indians at Progressive, with just 1-run allowed across 5.1 innings of work.
Odorizzi was spanked in Oakland against the A’s on the 2nd with 3 hits and 5 earned runs in 3 innings of work. Having said that, overall he’s been pretty good against this lineup in his career. That was the game that he exited the game with a blister on his hand, so that might have explained why he was pitching so poorly. The A’s are hitting .250 in 72 at-bats against Odorizzi. He’s also been excellent pitching in Minnesota this season. Odorizzi has been good for an ERA of 2.77 and 0.92 WHIP at home. Note that he has a perfect record of 6-0 in Minnesota as well.
Chris Bassitt has allowed 8 hits and 2 runs against the Twins in 11.2 innings. He has been a reliable pitcher for the A’s this season, with a 3.98 ERA and 1.22 WHIP. Bassitt is coming off a superb effort against the White Sox, where he surrendered 4 hits and no runs scattered across 6 innings of play.
That was at home where Bassitt has been more effective, though. On the road, Bassitt has posted a 4.43 ERA in 42.2 innings. The long ball has been a major issue for him away from home. He’s allowed just 3 in Oakland, while yielded 8 in visiting ballparks. His work at night has been off the mark as well, with a 5.79 ERA and 1.62 WHIP under the lights. Expect another successful date with the A’s for the Twins on Friday in this one.