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Oakland Athletics vs. Minnesota Twins - 7/28/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Minnesota Twins (49-51) at Oakland Athletics (44-58)

MLB Baseball: Friday, July 28, 2017 at 10:05 pm (Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum)

J Garcia (4-7) (4.30) vs. Daniel Gossett (2-5) (5.40)

The Line: Oakland Athletics -105 / Minnesota Twins -118 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-North

The Minnesota Twins and the Oakland A’s square off in game one of a three game weekend set on Friday.

The Minnesota Twins come into this one looking to bounce back after being swept by the Dodgers, including a 6-5 loss in the series finale on Wednesday, pushing the Twins’ losing streak to four games. Brian Dozier led the way, going 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs. Joe Mauer added a pair of RBIs of his own while Zack Granite went 1 for 4 with a double and an RBI of his own. Max Kepler also added a two-bagger while Eduardo Escobar and Jason Castro added base hits in the loss. Ervin Santana gave up four runs on seven hits while striking out seven over 6.2 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Brandon Kintzler received his 4th blown save of the year, while also taking the loss to fall to 2-2 this season. Newly acquired Jaime Garcia will start game one for the Twins and is 4-7 with a 4.30 ERA and 85 strikeouts this season. In his career, Garcia is 0-1 with a 6.43 ERA and 6 strikeouts against Oakland.

Oakland Athletics vs. Minnesota Twins - 7/28/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Oakland A’s will look to bounce back after being swept by the Blue Jays, including an 8-4 extra innings loss on Thursday, pushing Oakland’s losing streak to four games while also giving them their eighth loss in their last ten games. Bruce Maxwell led the team with a pair of RBIs while going 2 for 4 at the dish while Marcus Semien and Ryon Healy added RBIs of their own in the loss. Matt Joyce, Jaycob Brugman and Adam Rosales added base hits of their own as the A’s failed to record an extra base hit in the losing effort. Sean Manaea gave up three runs on seven hits while striking out seven over seven innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Blake Treinen gave up the game-tying home run for his 2nd blown save while Liam Hendriks gave up the walk-off grand slam, taking the loss to fall to 3-2 this season. Daniel Gossett will start game one for the A’s and is 2-5 with a 5.40 ERA and 29 strikeouts this season. This will be Gossett’s first career start against the Twins.

Minnesota is 0-4 in their last 4 games overall and 1-4 in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 against the AL West. Oakland is 2-8 in their last 10 games overall and 20-8 in their last 28 against the AL Central while the under is 4-1 in Gossett’s last 5 starts overall. Minnesota is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams, but just 5-16 in the last 21 meetings between these two teams in Oakland.

This will be one of the harder games to pick on Friday, so it’s probably better to stay away, but if forced to pick, I think Garcia will wake up for this one and want to put in a good showing for his new team. The Twins got taken out by the Dodgers, but who hasn’t these days. On the other hand, Oakland just got swept by Toronto who has struggled for parts of the season, including being walked off in back-to-back games. I’ll take the Twins to draw first blood on Friday. 

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