MLB Betting Preview: Minnesota Twins vs. Oakland Athletics – Friday, July 19, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
When: Friday, July 19, 2019 at 8:10 PM EST
Where: Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Moneyline: Minnesota -126
Betting Total: TBD
The Minnesota Twins enter this game with a record of 59-36 and have lost three of their last five games. They are coming off a 6-3 win in game one of the series on Thursday, which ended their three-game losing streak.
The Oakland Athletics enter this game with a record of 55-42 and have won four of their last five games. They are coming off a game one loss in this series which ended their six-game winning streak.
Let’s take a closer look at these two teams and we’ll start with the underdog Oakland Athletics.
The Oakland Athletics are one of the better teams in the AL and entered this series with a six-game winning streak, but the streak was snapped with a 3-6 loss in game one of the series. Oakland is 55-42 overall, 24-21 on the road and 17-17 as an underdog this season.
The Athletics will send Chris Bassitt to the mound for game two of the series. Bassitt is 6-4 on the season with a 3.98 ERA while striking out 81 over 83 2/3rd innings pitched. He is 1-0 in his lone start against the Twins while allowing one run and striking out 3 in that game.
Matt Chapman leads the team in home runs and RBIs with 22 home runs and 59 RBIs. Marcus Semien leads the team in runs with 66.
Oakland is averaging 5.23 runs per game which ranks 8th in the MLB. The Athletics are allowing an average of 4.23 runs per game which ranks 6th in the MLB.
The Minnesota Twins are starting to let their lead slip in the AL Central as they currently have a 4 game lead over the Cleveland Indians for 1st place in the division. Minnesota is 59-36 overall, 29-17 at home and 37-22 as a favorite this season.
The Twins will send Jake Odorizzi to the mound for game two of the series. Odorizzi is 11-4 on the season with a 3.06 ERA while striking out 98 over 94 innings pitched. He is 1-2 in his last three starts against the Athletics while allowing an average of 2.33 runs and striking out an average of 3.67 in those games.
Max Kepler leads the team in home runs, RBIs and runs with 23 home runs, 60 RBIs and 59 runs.
Minnesota is averaging 5.63 runs per game which ranks 3rd in the MLB. The Twins are allowing an average of 4.46 runs per game which is tied for 10th in the MLB.
Oakland Bounces Back with a Win
The Oakland Athletics have been playing better recently compared to the Minnesota Twins even though both teams are playoff caliber teams in the AL this season. Oakland is 7-3 in their last ten matchups with Minnesota while outscoring the Twins by an average of 5.10 to 3.40 in those games.
The Twins are 2-1 in their last three meetings with the Athletics while Oakland is outscoring Minnesota by an average of 4.33 to 4.00 in those contests. I look for the scoring trends to continue with an Athletics win in game two of the series against the Twins on the road on Friday.