Minnesota Twins vs. Oakland Athletics - 7/6/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oakland Athletics (36-47) at Minnesota Twins (27-55)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 1:10 pm (Target Field)
S Gray (3-7) (5.42) vs. E Santana (2-7) (4.50)
The Line: Minnesota Twins +100 / Oakland Athletics -110 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
The Oakland Athletics look to continue their dominance against the AL Central as they face off against the Minnesota Twins again on Wednesday.
The Athletics look to regain some ground in the chase for an AL wild card spot before the all-star break as they continue their series at Target Field against the Twins who have been dreadful this season but are in the way up with the way they have played recently. Oakland doesn’t have a ton of weapons at the plate but they have a team full of guys who can do the little things right, as is usually the case with a Billy Beane roster, but that hasn’t translated into on field success and playoff appearances of late and now with the Texas Rangers in command and the Houston Astros on the rise the A’s will be in tough to squeak into a wild card spot by season’s end. Sonny Gray will get the nod tonight as he will go up against Ervin Santana in a battle of each team’s top pitching option.
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Minnesota meanwhile sits in the basement of the AL Central division but their bats have started to come alive and they are led by second baseman Brian Dozier and shortstop-third base hybrid Eduardo Nunez who are collectively trying to pull the Twins out of the basement. The Twins do have some young prospects waiting in the wings as well and will certainly be a team to watch out for in the coming years but for now they are still in a rut and need their bats to stay red hot if they have any shot of playing their way out. The rotation is a cause for concern and while they do get Santana pitching tonight they have been very thin across the board and will be without Phil Hughes for the rest of the season as he is out with an injury.
Oakland is 1-5 in Gray’s last six road starts, 7-1 in their last eight road games, and 5-16 in Gray’s last 21 starts overall, while the Twins are 11-23 in their last 34 home games, 3-11 in their last 14 Wednesday games, and 1-8 in Santana’s last nine home starts. The trends don’t really favour anybody here but overall I think Oakland is a little further along and Gray is bound to revert back to form soon, what better time than now against the Twins.