Oakland Athletics vs. Minnesota Twins Free Pick - 9/22/13
Minnesota Twins (65-89) at Oakland Athletics (92-63)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 4:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)
Cole De Vries (R) (0-0) (0.00) vs. Sonny Gray (R) (3-3) (2.700)
The Line: Oakland Athletics -220 / Minnesota Twins +200 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-North, CSN-California
The Minnesota Twins shoot for a win over the surging Oakland Athletics in Sunday afternoon action.
As the season enters it's final weeks, the Twins are looking forward to the off -season and retooling for 2014. The offense and pitching have really been in a downward spiral, with defeats in nine of eleven following a 9-1 defeat at Oakland, where the arms and bats continued to struggle. Starter Pedro Hernandez was charged with six runs in two innings, with Liam Hendriks giving up two more over six innings. The bats were quiet with six hits, with Josmil Pinto clubbing a solo bomb in the 5th. Cole DeVries gets his first start of the year versus the big offense of Oakland in Sunday action. DeVries has made two appearances in relief where he has given up seven runs in eight innings.
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Oakland Has pulled away from the rest of the American League West with wins in nine of eleven following Saturday's victory. In this stretch, the A's have been pounding the ball with some solid pitching mixed in. Both the bats and arms were at their very best on Sunday, with Jarrod Parker limiting Minnesota to a single run through six innings, while the bats produced early and often. Oakland pounded out 16 hits and played some long ball with Yoenis Cespedes, Kurt Suzuki and Alberto Callaspo clubbing homers and driving in eight. The Athletics hand the ball to Sonny Gray for Sunday's start against visiting Minnesota. Gray hopes to duplicate his last performance when he allowed a single run over six frames of a 2-1 decision over the Angels.
The A's have been one of the hottest teams in the game, with a potent offense leading the way. I like both their pitching and hitting here, but Gray shouldn't be thiis big a fave...