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Athletics vs. Twins - 7/17/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Minnesota Twins (49-40) at Oakland Athletics (41-50)

MLB Baseball: Friday, July 17, 2015 at 10:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)

E Santana (0-0) (6.00) vs. S Gray (10-3) (2.04)

The Line: Oakland Athletics -155 / Minnesota Twins +145 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSN-N, CSN-CA

The Minnesota Twins and Oakland Athletics begin a three-game series Friday night.

The Minnesota Twins look to remain hot after winning six of their last seven games. The Twins have scored 24 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last seven games. The Twins have won eight straight games when scoring more than three runs. Brian Dozier leads Minnesota with 89 hits and 50 RBI while Trevor Plouffe and Joe Mauer have combined for 88 RBI. The Minnesota Twins have split their last six road games. Ervin Santana gets the ball, and he’s 0-0 with a 6.00 ERA and 13 strikeouts this season. Santana is 14-6 with a 2.12 ERA and 140 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

Athletics vs. Twins - 7/17/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Oakland Athletics look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Athletics have scored eight runs in their last three games and four or more runs in three of their last six games. The Athletics have won five of their last seven games when scoring more than three runs. Brett Lawrie leads Oakland with 87 hits and 37 RBI while Josh Reddick and Marcus Semien have combined for 73 RBI. The Oakland Athletics have split their last eight home games. Sonny Gray takes the hill, and he’s 10-3 with a 2.04 ERA and 108 strikeouts this season. Gray is 2-0 with a 5.40 ERA and 10 strikeouts in his career against the Twins.

The Twins are 6-0 in their last 6 games vs. a right-handed starter and 0-5 in their last 5 games following an off day. The Athletics are 6-2 in their last 8 games vs. a right-handed starter and 4-1 in Grays last 5 starts. The Twins are 1-9 in the last 10 meetings in Oakland and 6-18 in the last 24 meetings overall. 

The Twins continue to surprise and are the frontrunners to make the playoffs in the AL Wild Card. Meanwhile, the A's are far too inconsistent to lay this much chalk. Also, Santana has had great career success against the A's in his career. 

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Minnesota Twins +145

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