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Oakland Athletics vs. Minnesota Twins - 7/4/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Minnesota Twins at Oakland Athletics
Date & Time Thursday July 4, 2019, 4:07 PM (EDT)
Oakland Coliseum
Oakland, California
The Line
The Line: Minnesota Twins -135 / Oakland Athletics +115 -- Over/Under: 9.5
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The Minnesota Twins and Oakland Athletics meet Thursday in MLB action at Oakland Coliseum.

The Minnesota Twins look for a win after splitting their last 12 games. The Twins have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 11 games. The Minnesota Twins have won six of their last eight games when scoring four or more runs. Jorge Polanco leads the Twins with 107 hits and 40 RBI while Eddie Rosario and Max Kepler have combined for 168 hits and 113 RBI. Jose Berrios gets the ball, and he is 8-4 with a 2.89 ERA and 102 strikeouts this season. Berrios is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA and 12 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

The Oakland Athletics look for a win after winning six of their last eight games. The Athletics have scored 23 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The Oakland Athletics have won 13 straight games when scoring four or more runs. Marcus Semien leads the Athletics with 95 hits and 41 RBI while Matt Chapman and Ramon Laureano have combined for 166 hits and 95 RBI. Tanner Anderson gets the ball, and he is 0-3 with a 7.13 ERA and 15 strikeouts this season. This will be Anderson’s first career game against the Twins.

The Twins are 20-7 in their last 27 during game 3 of a series, 6-1 in Berrios' last 7 road starts and 13-5 in Berrios' last 18 starts. The Athletics are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series, 6-2 in their last 8 Thursday games and 0-4 in Andersons last 4 starts. The Twins are 17-35 in the last 52 meetings in Oakland and 17-35 in the last 52 meetings. The over is 5-2 in Athletics last 7 home games. The over is 8-3-3 in Berrios' last 14 starts overall.

Berrios seems to be getting better as the season goes on, and he's coming off a month of June where he allowed eight earned runs in 35 innings with 30 strikeouts. Berrios is also allowing a .219 batting average on the road. Anderson has allowed 21 hits and 14 runs through 17.2 innings this season and is fresh off his worst start of the season when he gave up eight hits and seven runs through 2.2 innings against the Angels. Both bullpens are beat up due to the lengthy contest last night. On a quick turnaround, give me the team with the more reliable starting pitcher. 

Minnesota Twins -135

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