Minnesota Twins vs. Oakland Athletics Free Pick 9/10/13
Oakland Athletics (83-60) at Minnesota Twins (62-80)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 8:10 pm (Target Field)
Jarrod Parker (R) (11-6) (3.573) vs. Liam Hendriks (R) (1-2) (5.284)
The Line: Minnesota Twins +148 / Oakland Athletics -158 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-California, FS-North
The Oakland Athletics hope to stay hot with their series opener at the Minnesota Twins.
Oakland is in the position every team wishes they were in with the lead in the American League West and their fate in their own hands. In other words, the Rangers can't catch them if they win, but we'll probably be hearing from Texas again. Right now, everything is clicking with the A's winning eight of ten following a 7-2 victory over Houston Sunday. Bartolo Colon was at his best, with a lone run allowed in six innings, while striking out seven. Brandon Moss doubled in a pair of runs and Seth Smith launched a three run homer in a seven run 3rd. Oakland gives the ball to Jarrod Parker for the series-opening start versus Minnesota. Parker has been consistent for most of 2013 and has been even better over his last three in which he is 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA.
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Minnesota proved that any team can win at anytime and place even against the best pitchers in the game. If you need proof, look no further then Monday's 6-3 victory over Jered Weaver and the Angels. Throw in the fact that Minnesota had lost four in a row with two runs scored in consecutive contests, and facing Weaver wasn't very appealing. The bullpen came up big, with five relievers tossing shutout baseball after starter Pedro Hernandez gave up all three runs through 4.2 innings of work. The Twins pounded out 12 hits, with Trevor Plouffe logging a pair of hits and knocking in three. Minnesota counters with right-hander Liam Hendricks on the hill in game one of the series versus the Athletics. Hendricks did not receive a decision in a 6-5 loss to Houston, where he gave up three runs in 4.1 innings.
Parker has been very consistent, while Hendricks has been up and down beteen the minors and majors the past few years so edge to Oakland. Monday proved there are no guarantees, but I'll go with a matchup I like...