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Minnesota Twins vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 4/10/14

Oakland Athletics (4-3) at Minnesota Twins (3-4)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 1:10 pm (Target Field)

Daniel Straily (R) (0-1) (4.500) vs. Michael Pelfrey (R) (0-1) (5.066)

The Line: Minnesota Twins +125 / Oakland Athletics -135 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-North

The Minnesota Twins and the Oakland A’s face off on Thursday at Target Field as they close out their series.

The Minnesota Twins have lost their first two games of this series, their frist of the year at home, and they look to avoid the sweep on Thursday. On Wednesday the twins rallied in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie the game and get it to extra innings before losing it. On Wednesday Jason Kubel had four hits including a home run Brian Dozier hit a home run, and Joe Mauer and Trevor Plouffe each had two hits as the Twins scored four runs on 13 hits. Starting pitcher Phil Hughes allowed five hits and four runs while striking out three over 5.0 innings but got a no decision as Jared Burton took the loss in extra innings. For Thursday’s game the Twins start Mike Pelfrey who took a loss in his first start. In his first outing of the season, Pelfrey allowed three hits and three runs while striking out three and walking three over 5.1 innings of work.

Minnesota Twins vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 4/10/14


The Oakland A’s jumped out to an early lead against the Twins on Wednesday but after blowing the lead in the bottom of the ninth inning they won it in extras. Derek Norris hit the game winning home run and Albert Jose Callaspo and Josh Donaldson each had two hits as the Athletics scored seven runs on seven hits. Starting pitcher Jesse Chavez allowed six hits and a run while striking out nine over 7.0 innings to not factor in the decision as Jim Johnson was pathetic trying to close it out once again and Dan Otero was charged with the blown save but went on to get the win. For Thursday’s game the A’s gofor the sweep with Daniel Strally making the start after losing in his first outing. In his last start Strally allowed six hits and three runs while striking out seven over 6.0 innings against the Mariners.

Minnesota is 16-38 in their last 54 games, 6-21 as an underdog, 24-54 as a home underdog, and 1-6 in Pelfrey’s last seven starts. Oakland is 13-4 in their last 17 games as a road favorite, 11-4 in their last 15 road games, 46-22 in game three of a series, and 4-1 in Strally’s last five starts as a favorite. Oakland is 13-2 in their last 15 games against Minnesota.

The Total is set at 8.5 and I like this one to go over that number with my free pick.

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Over 8.5

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