Oakland Athletics at Minnesota Twins
|Date & Time||Sunday July 21, 2019, 2:10 PM (EDT)|
Minnesota Twins -145 / Oakland Athletics +125
The Oakland A’s and the Minnesota Twins meet in the finale of their four game set in MLB action from Target Field on Sunday.
The Oakland A’s will look to win the series after taking game three on Saturday by a final score of 5-4. Khris Davis and Mark Canha each had two RBIS with Canha adding a home run. Ramon Laureano went three for 5 with a double and an RBI to round out Oakland’s scoring as a team in the win. Robbie Grossman and Chris Herrmann each went 2 for 4 while Chad Pinder and Matt Olson each added a base hit as well in the victory. Brett Anderson gave up three runs on four hits over six innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Blake Treinen got the win to improve to 3-3 on the year while Liam Hendriks picked up his 8th save of the season. Daniel Mengden will start the finale and is 5-1 with a 4.21 ERA and 34 strikeouts this season. This will be Mengden’s second career start against Minnesota.
The Minnesota Twins will look to rebound and salvage a series split after dropping game three on Saturday. Mitch Garver, Nelson Cruz and Miguel Sano each belted a solo home run while Sano added a double as well. Jonathan Schoop had a double and an RBI to finish off Minnesota’s scoring as a team in the loss, while Max Kepler went 2 for 4 and C.J. Cron and Jorge Polanco each added a base hit as well in the defeat. Jose Berrios threw 5.2 shutout innings, allowing just five hits while walking three and striking out four, not factoring in the decision. Taylor Rogers took the loss, falling to 2-2 on the year. Michael Pineda will start the finale and is 6-5 with a 4.38 ERA and 87 strikeouts this season. In his career, Pineda is 4-1 with a 2.75 ERA and 37 strikeouts against Oakland.
Oakland is 22-8 in Mengden’s last 30 starts and 20-7 in their last 27 road games while the under is 22-6-1 in their last 29 games against the AL Central. Minnesota is 1-4 in their last 5 home games and 0-5 in their last 5 Sunday games while the over is 6-0 in Pineda’s last 6 starts against the AL West. Oakland is 35-16 in the last 51 meetings between these two teams and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Minnesota.
Pineda has allowed one earned run in five of his last six starts and has had a decent amount of success in his career against Oakland. However, the A’s rallied again to win on Saturday, and have a ton of momentum behind them as this team just keeps on finding ways to win. The A’s have also had a lot of success with Mengden on the mound as he’s won his last four starts. I just think that Oakland holds all the cards here and getting them at plus money just sweetens the deal so I’ll take the A’s for the series victory here.