Oakland Athletics at Minnesota Twins
|Date & Time||Friday July 19, 2019, 8:10 PM (EDT)|
Minnesota Twins -130 / Oakland Athletics +110
The Oakland A’s and the Minnesota Twins meet in game two of their four game set in MLB action from Target Field on Friday.
The Oakland A’s will look to rebound from a 6-3 loss in the series opener on Thursday. Jurickson Profar had a home run and two RBIs while Khris Davis added a double and an RBI of his own to cap off Oakland’s scoring as a team in the defeat. Ramon Laureano went 3 for 4 at the dish while Chad Pinder, Mark Canha and Matt Olson each chipped in a base hit to cap off Oakland’s offense as a team in the losing effort. Mike Fiers allowed three runs on six hits while walking and whiffing four apiece, not factoring in the decision. Yusmeiro Petit took the loss, falling to 2-2 on the year in relief. Chris Bassitt will start game two and is 6-4 with a 3.98 ERA and 81 strikeouts this season. This will be Bassitt’s second career start against Minnesota.
The Minnesota Twins will look to build on their series opening victory over Oakland from Thursday. Eddie Rosario had a home run and three RBIs while C.J. Cron and Mitch Garver each belted solo home runs. Luis Arraez added a double while Max Kepler, Nelson Cruz, Marwin Gonzalez, Miguel Sano and Jake Cave each chipped in base hits to cap off Minnesota’s offense in the victory. Kyle Gibson got the win to improve to 9-4 on the year after allowing all three runs on six hits while striking out seven over seven innings of work. Taylor Rogers closed out the final two innings for his 14th save of the season. Jake Odorizzi will start game two and is 11-4 with a 3.06 ERA and 98 strikeouts this season. In his career, Odorizzi is 1-4 with a 3.86 ERA and 30 strikeouts against Oakland.
Oakland is 42-11 in their last 53 games against the AL Central and 4-1 in Bassitt’s last 5 starts while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 game two matchups. Minnesota is 16-5 in Odorizzi’s last 21 starts and 14-2 in Odorizzi’s last 16 home starts while the over is 8-3-2 in their last 13 game two matchups. Oakland is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings between these two teams.
Minnesota did a good job shutting me up on Thursday as the Twins rallied to snap Oakland’s winning streak. However, I think Oakland can rebound here, given the fact that Odorizzi has regressed recently, allowing four or more runs in three of his last five starts, including six runs, five earned, in just three innings against these same Oakland A’s just two starts ago. Odorizzi hasn’t had much luck in his career against the A’s as a whole either. I think that the A’s bounce back and get back to the same form from their hot streak with a win on Friday.