Minnesota Twins (71-82) at Oakland Athletics (93-61)
|Date & Time||Saturday September 22, 2018, 9:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Oakland Athletics -240 / Minnesota Twins +200 --- Over/Under: 8.5
The Minnesota Twins and Oakland Athletics meet Saturday in MLB action at the Oakland Coliseum.
The Minnesota Twins look for a victory after splitting their last eight games. The Twins have scored 19 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last eight games. The Minnesota Twins have won five of their last eight games when scoring at least four runs. Eddie Rosario leads the Twins with 161 hits and 77 RBI while Joe Mauer and Max Kepler have combined for 237 hits and 97 RBI. Chase De Jong gets the ball, and he is 0-1 with a 3.68 ERA and nine strikeouts this season. De Jong is 0-0 with a 3.60 ERA and six strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.
The Oakland Athletics look to stay hot after winning 12 of their last 17 games. The Athletics have scored 38 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 11 of their last 14 games. The Oakland Athletics have won 11 of their last 15 games when scoring more than three runs. Marcus Semien leads the Athletics with 156 hits and 62 RBI while Jed Lowrie and Matt Chapman have combined for 298 hits and 160 RBI. Mike Fiers gets the ball, and he is 12-7 with a 3.38 ERA and 131 strikeouts this season. Fiers is 6-1 with a 2.91 ERA and 56 strikeouts in his career against the Twins.
The Twins are 18-39 in their last 57 road games, 8-20 in their last 28 vs. American League West and 0-5 in their last 5 Saturday games. The Athletics are 21-5 in their last 26 during game 2 of a series, 11-3 in their last 14 Saturday games and 7-1 in Fiers' last 8 starts. The Twins are 7-19 in the last 26 meetings in Oakland and 1-5 in the last 6 meetings.
De Jong has pitched just 7.1 innings this season, and he's going up against one of the hottest offenses in baseball and a confident bunch that's oh so close to clinching a spot in the playoffs. Fiers has been money for Oakland since coming over from Detroit, which includes three or less runs allowed in seven of his eight starts. But even without the pitching matchups, betting against the A's isn't really an option with the way they've been winning and the usually favorable prices you can get. We have to lay the RL here to avoid the insane juice, but the A's should beat up on a Twins yet again.