Oakland Athletics vs. Minnesota Twins - 7/29/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Twins (49-51) at Oakland Athletics (44-58)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 9:05 pm (Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum)
Adalberto Mejia (4-4) (4.10) vs. Chris Smith (0-1) (3.32)
The Line: Oakland Athletics -106 / Minnesota Twins -104 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN, NSCA
Out at O.co Coliseum on Saturday, the Minnesota Twins and the Oakland Athletics will be picking up their MLB series once again.
In Friday’s opener, the Twins scored four times in the fourth inning on the way to a 6-3 win.
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For the Saturday matchup, the Twins will be bringing out LHP Adalbert Meija for the start. In his 74.2 innings and 4-4 record this year, Meija has a 4.10 ERA with 63 Ks and 34 BBs.
Minnesota has some solid bats on their roster. Brian Dozier entered this set with 95 hits, 48 runs, 16 homers and 50 RBI, while Miguel Sano had 92 hits, 63 runs, 23 homers and 68 RBI. On Friday, Sano had one hit; Dozier had a hit, a run and an RBI.
Over on the A’s side, they’re going with RHP Chris Smith on Saturday. In his 19.0 innings and 0-1 record this year, Smith has a 3.32 ERA with 10 Ks and six walks.
Oakland has some notable hitters as well. Jed Lowrie brought 96 hits, 54 runs, 10 homers and 34 RBI into this set, while Ryon Healy was sitting on 93 hits, 38 runs, 19 homers and 57 RBI. Lowrie came up empty on Friday; Healy had one hit.
The Twins are 1-4 in Meija’s last five Saturday starts and 0-4 in Meija’s last four starts versus a team with a losing record. The under is 13-6-1 in the Twins’ last 20 Saturday games, and 4-1 in Meija’s last five road starts.
Meanwhile, the A’s are 5-2 in their last seven Saturday games, and 1-4 in their last five during game two of a series. The over is 9-3 in the A’s last 12 during game two of a series, and 9-4 in the A’s last 13 Saturday games.
It’s been a good couple of starts for Meija lately. In his last pair, he’s given up two earned on 10 hits in 9.2 innings overall. As for Smith, he’s got three starts under his belt this year, giving up seven earned in a span of 19.0 innings on 15 hits in those. This should be a pretty interesting pitching matchup and a fun game to watch if you’re a fan. I’ll take Smith and the A’s for a home win here, though.