Minnesota Twins (6-9) at Oakland Athletics (10-7)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 3:37 pm (Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum)
Kenta Maeda (1-1) (2.45) vs. Frankie Montas (2-1) (4.91)
The Line: Oakland Athletics +110 / Minnesota Twins -120 --- Over/Under: 8 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Minnesota Twins and the Oakland A’s meet in MLB action from the RingCentral Coliseum on Wednesday.
The Minnesota Twins will look to bounce back after being swept in Tuesday’s double dip with a 7-0 loss in game one and a 1-0 loss in game two. Nelson Cruz leads the Twins with a .348 batting average, 16 hits and 10 RBIs while Byron Buxton has a team-high 5 home runs and Luis Arraez has a team-best .400 OBP this season. Buxton also has a team-high 5 doubles while Max Kepler has 4 two-baggers this season. Miguel Sano unfortunately leads Minnesota with 20 strikeouts as well this season. Kenta Maeda will start here and is 1-1 with a 3.07 ERA and 16 strikeouts this season. This will be Maeda’s first career start against Oakland.
The Oakland A’s will look to keep the momentum going after their wins over the Twins in Tuesday’s double-header. Jed Lowrie leads the A’s with a .316 batting average, 18 hits and 12 RBIs with 4 doubles while Matt Chapman has 3 home runs with 10 RBIs and a pair of triples and Ramon Laureano has 2 triples as well. Matt Olson has a team-high 4 home runs and Mark Canha is boasting a team-best .407 OBP this season. Frankie Montas will start here and is 2-1 with a 4.91 ERA and 16 strikeouts this season. This will be Montas’ first career start against Minnesota.
Minnesota is 1-5 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record and 5-2 in their last 7 road games against a right-handed starter while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games against the AL West. Oakland is 10-1 in their last 11 games overall and 6-0 in their last 6 home games while the under is 8-3 in their last 11 games as a home underdog.
I get the case that could be made both ways here, as the Twins are a solid team and so are the A’s and maybe Maeda gives the Twins a slight pitching edge. However, the A’s are hot right now, and shutting out the Twins in both legs of the doubleheader on Tuesday has to give Oakland a psychological edge as well. We’re also getting the cheaper price with the A’s at home, so give me Oakland here.