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Oakland Athletics vs Minnesota Twins Prediction 6-21-24 Picks

Minnesota Twins (41-34) vs. Oakland Athletics (28-49)
June 21, 2024 9:40 pm EDT
The Line: Oakland Athletics +147 / Minnesota Twins -160; Over/Under: +8
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The Minnesota Twins and the Oakland A’s square off Friday in MLB action from the Oakland Coliseum. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a Oakland Athletics vs Minnesota Twins Prediction.

Starting Pitching Matchup

The Minnesota Twins will send out Chris Paddack for the start here and Paddack is 5-3 with a 5.25 ERA and 67 strikeouts this season. In his career, Paddack is 1-1 with an 8.80 ERA and 16 strikeouts against Oakland. The Oakland A’s will trot out Joey Estes for the start here and Estes is 2-2 with a 5.97 ERA and 30 strikeouts this season. In his career, Estes is 0-0 with a 10.13 ERA and 7 strikeouts against the Twins.

Minnesota Twins Recap

The Minnesota Twins will look to rebound in this series opener after losing their three-game set with the Tampa Bay Rays thanks to a 7-6 loss in extra innings in Thursday’s series finale. The loss snapped a series win streak for the Twins that included triumphs over the A’s and Rockies over the last week and a half.

Twins Still Producing At The Dish

Willi Castro leads the Twins at the dish with 69 hits including 18 doubles and 4 triples as well as 21 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. Ryan Jeffers has a team-high 12 home runs, 37 RBIs and 15 doubles with a .234 batting average and .314 OBP. Carlos Santana has 12 home runs with 38 RBIs while Edouard Julien also has 7 home runs, 17 RBIs and 6 stolen bases but also has 66 strikeouts as well this season.

Why the Minnesota Twins will win

  • The Twins have won each of their last 12 night games against AL West opponents that held a losing record.
  • The Athletics have lost each of their last eight Friday games against AL Central opponents that held a winning record.
  • The Twins have covered the run line in eight of their last nine games after going to extra innings.

Oakland A’s Recap

The Oakland A’s come into this one looking to bounce back after failing to complete the sweep of the Kansas City Royals after falling 3-2 in Thursday’s series finale. The A’s still managed to win the series, snapping a series losing streak that included sweeps against the Twins and Padres over the last week and a half.

A’s Starting To Warm Up Offensively

Brent Rooker leads the A’s with 44 RBIs along with 13 home runs this season while Abraham Toro has a team-high 71 hits and 24 RBIs. JJ Bleday has a team-high 22 doubles, 3 triples, 70 hits and 27 RBIs and Toro has a .259 batting average. Rooker also has the unfortunate title of leading strikeout bat with 90 K’s at the dish this season. Shea Langeliers has also chipped in 13 home runs and 36 RBIs.

Why the Oakland Athletics will win

  • The Athletics have won four of their last five games as home underdogs following a home loss.
  • The Twins have lost four of their last five games as road favorites following a loss.
  • The Athletics have covered the run line in nine of their last 10 night games against American League opponents.
  • The Twins have failed to cover the run line in seven of their last eight night games against American League opponents.
  • The Twins have trailed after 3 innings in each of their last five road games against American League opponents.
  • The Twins have trailed after 5 innings in each of their last five road games against American League opponents.

Oakland Athletics vs Minnesota Twins Prediction

I’m on the over here. I don’t trust either one of these starting pitchers and we just saw this matchup last week with each starter, Paddack and Estes, giving up a handful of runs before the end of the 3rd inning. We may be in a pitcher-friendly ballpark this time around, but I still think there’s more than enough here to get us over the total here. Give me the over.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Over 8

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Chris Ruffolo

Chris joined the Sports Chat Place team in August 2016 and has a proven system that combines multiple analytical and situational statistics and trends to give out thousands of winning picks over the last three years with winning records across all of the top leagues, Follow Chris Ruffolo on Twitter @ruffthepickdawg

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