Minnesota Twins vs. Oakland Athletics Pick – MLB May 16, 2022

For a three-game series, the Minnesota Twins and Oakland Athletics are at the RingCentral Coliseum in California. The Athletics are coming off back-to-back losses against the Angels at home.

They lost three of four games in that series in disappointing fashion. The Athletics haven’t discovered much offense at the plate, and it continued against the Angels. They scored 1 or no runs in three of four attempts.

This team appears destined for Las Vegas, as ownership isn’t putting any money into the roster. It’s typical for the Athletics not to spend a lot of money, but this is even beyond them. Fans have responded by not showing up to games.

The Athletics have less people attending their games than minor league baseball games. I’m sure they are inflating their attendance numbers as well to attempt to avoid embaressment, but it’s not easy to hide.

You can say that the fans don’t care, but it’s hard to care about an organization that is turning its backs on the fans in Oakland. All things considered, even games below .500 at 15-22 seems about right for the Athletics.

The Twins have been in decent form with a record of 20-15 going into this one. They’re leading a bad AL Central at the moment.

Minnesota is the lone team in the AL Central with a record better than .500. They have a three-game advantage on the Cleveland Guardians and Chicago White Sox. The Twins are on the heels of two wins in three attempts against Cleveland over the weekend.

The rest of the division has been a major disappointment in 2022, including the Detroit Tigers who are expecting a leap forward this year.

Chris Archer and Zach Logue are scheduled to get the starting calls at the Coliseum on Monday night. Head below for our best Twins vs. Athletics pick on May 16, 2022.

Minnesota Twins vs. Oakland Athletics Live Betting Odds:

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:
Teams Spread Moneyline Total
Minnesota Twins -1.5 (+135) -125 Over 7.5 (-110)
Oakland Athletics +1.5 (-160) +105 Under 7.5 (-110)
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Team Data Minnesota Twins Oakland Athletics
Overall Record 20-15 15-22
Away/Home Record 7-7 5-13
Batting Average .236 .197
Batting Average Away/Home .244 .183
Runs Per 9 4.05 3.32
Team ERA 3.34 3.58
Team ERA Away/Home 3.78 3.98

Twins vs. Athletics Prediction:

It hasn’t been completely ugly for the Athletics this season. There has been by far the worst on the diamond this season. They have to try and find positives in the midst of a frustrating campaign.

Lefty Zach Logue is a positive for the Athletics in 2022. He’s sharp in his rookie season through three appearances. Logue has only pitched 14 innings, but has done everything right on the mound.

He was the No. 27 prospect in the Blue Jays’ prospect pipeline and was shipped to Oakland in the Matt Chapman deal. Logue is going into tonight with an ERA of 1.35 and a 1.05 WHIP.

The lefty is coming off a stellar performance against the Tigers five days ago. He lasted 7 innings with 5 hits and no runs allowed in a 9-0 win.

Logue has allowed 2 earned runs in 13.1 innings of work. Promising work for a rookie that hadn’t seen a major league mound before.

This could end up being the sleeper of the Chapman trade, but 13.1 innings is too early to draw any conclusions on Logue. Logue and the rest of the pitching staff are put in a tough spot with the A’s offense close to useless.

Oakland is 30th in the majors with a team batting average of .200 and 3.36 runs scored per 9 innings. They’ve been worse at the Coliseum with a team average of .183. Oakland is also 30th in OPS and 28th in home runs.

Minnesota Twins vs. Oakland Athletics Betting Trends:

Twins

  • Record (Last 10): 5-5
  • 12-2 overall in their previous 14 games as a betting favorite
  • 11-4 overall in their previous 15 games after a win
  • UNDER is 4-0-1 in their previous five games versus a team with a losing record
  • UNDER is 7-2-1 in their previous ten games
  • UNDER is 4-1 in their first game of a series

Athletics

  • Record (Last 10): 5-5
  • 3-13 overall in their previous 16 games at home
  • 0-7 overall in their previous seven games versus a right-handed starter
  • UNDER is 8-2-3 in their previous 13 games
  • UNDER is 14-4-3 in their previous 21 games after a loss
  • UNDER is 7-2-2 in their previous 11 games as an underdog

  • Chris Archer has largely been good, but he’s coming off a poor showing versus the Houston Astros. The ‘Stros notched 5 hits and 4 earned runs on Archer in 3 innings.

    It was the first time in six starts this season that Archer gave up more than 2 earned runs this season. In 13 innings on the road this season, Archer owns an ERA of 3.65 and a 1.38 WHIP.

    Archer should be in good command versus an A’s team that has shown little offensive firepower. This is a nice spot for him to bounce back after struggling against the Astros.

    I’m not anticipating a high-scoring game at the Coliseum on Monday night. Archer and Logue should have a good feel for this one.

    I’d point to the UNDER 7.5 runs in the first game in Oakland.

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Kyle E / Author

Kyle is a veteran of TheSportsGeek and has spent nearly a decade providing accurate sports picks and writeups here. He has been a sports handicapper for 10+ years and started sharing his picks and thoughts in 2011 at TheSportsGeek. His expertise spans across multiple sports, including the NFL, NCAAF, MLB, NHL, and horse racing. Prior to writing for TheSportsGeek, Kyle was a fantasy football expert, who ultimately parlayed it into a successful sports betting career. You can find his picks daily only at TheSportsGeek.

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