Minnesota Twins (71-82) at Oakland Athletics (93-61)
|Date & Time||Sunday September 23, 2018, 4:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Oakland Athletics -190 / Minnesota Twins +160 --- Over/Under: 8.5
The Minnesota Twins and the Oakland A’s will be wrapping up their important AL series on Sunday from O.co Coliseum in MLB activity.
The A’s eked out a 7-6 win in the Friday opener, then on Saturday Oakland did it again with another tight victory 3-2.
For Sunday’s game, the Twins will be sending out RHP Kyle Gibson. In his 183.1 innings and 8-13 record this year, Gibson has a 3.78 ERA with 169 Ks and 73 BBs.
Leading the Twins this year in hitting is Eddie Rosario, who came into the weekend on 161 hits, 87 runs, 24 homers and 77 RBI. Rosario is hurt and likely won’t play again this year but on Saturday Williams Astudillo put up three hits, a run and an RBI.
Over on the A’s side, on Sunday they’re going with RHP Trevor Cahill. Across 102.2 innings and a 6-3 record this year, Cahill has a 3.77 ERA with 93 Ks.
Oakland’s top bat is Marcus Semien, who came into the weekend with 156 hits, 85 runs, 12 homers and 62 RBI. In game two, Semien smoked a two-run homer.
The Twins are 5-0 in Gibson’s last five Sunday starts and 3-7 in his last 10 road starts. Minnesota is also 1-4 in Gibson’s last five starts and 0-5 in his last five starts versus a team with a winning record.
Meanwhile, the A’s are 27-10 in their last 37 Sunday games and the over is 6-1 in the last seven in game three of a series. The over is 5-1 in Oakland’s last six Sunday games and 5-2 in their last seven games versus a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30.
Gibson has been pretty hit-and-miss over his last four starts. In his two good outings he posted a total of three earned on eight hits over 12.2 innings. In his two bad outings he logged 10 earned over 12.0 innings. Gibson is 1-4 in his last five starts, but did get a win in KC his last time up. Still, I have to go with the stronger team here and that’s Oakland.