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Where: Target Field
When: Friday, July 19, 2019, 8:10 pm Eastern
We have an American League MLB contest to consider for Friday evening when the Oakland Athletics and Minnesota Twins meet for game two of their four-game scheduled series. This preview was published prior to the conclusion of Thursday MLB contests and all opinions shared is based on the stats from Wednesday night MLB action.
Oakland is second in the American League West and scheduled righty Chris Bassitt to start against Minnesota. The Twins is first in the AL Central and will counter with right-handed pitcher Jake Odorizzi against the Athletics. I’m the Flash and will be discussing this game with you today.
Oakland Six Game Winning Streak
Oakland is playing good enough baseball on the strength of an 8-2 record over their last 10 games to find themselves just 4.5 games behind the Houston Astros for the top spot in the AL West. Oakland has outscored its opponents by 96 runs and has a record of 24-21 away from Oakland Coliseum.
— Oakland A's (@Athletics) July 17, 2019
Bassitt (6-4, 3.98 ERA) has a 1.22 WHIP and his 4.81 xFIP suggests maybe some regression is headed the right-hander’s way at some point this season. Bassitt has allowed 13 earned runs over his last 25 innings pitched and strikes out 8.71 per nine innings pitched with 3.66 walks and 1.18 home runs allowed per nine innings pitched.
Minnesota scores an average of 5.15 runs per game and belted 69 home runs at Target Field this season and an American League-high 127 bombs against right-handed pitching this season.
Twins Three Game Losing Streak
At one point this season, the Twins had a 12-game lead and were running away with the American League Central division and now is just four games ahead of the Cleveland Indians in the standings. The Twins are playing .500 ball over their last 10 games and enters Thursday night hoping to end a three-game losing streak.
— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) July 17, 2019
Odorizzi (11-4, 3.06 ERA) has a 1.11 WHIP and his 4.70 xFIP suggests maybe some regression is headed the veteran righties way at some point this season. Odorizzi has allowed 17 earned runs over the past 23.2 innings pitched and strikes out 9.38 per nine innings pitched with 3.06 walks and 1.05 bombs allowed per nine innings pitched this season.
Oakland averages 5.5 runs per game and crushed 77 taters away from Oakland Coliseum this season and blasted 109 bombs against right-handed pitching this season.
- Athletics are 5-0 in Bassitt’s last 5 starts vs. American League Central.
- Athletics are 4-1 in Bassitt’s last 5 starts.
- Athletics are 4-1 in Bassitt’s last 5 starts on grass.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The road dawg playing well looks good on Friday evening. Especially against a struggling team like Minnesota. Bassitt has decent road splits and the Twins offense hasn’t been nearly as good as Oakland’s over the last 14 days. Odorizzi has been very good but the xFIP makes me wonder if Friday is the night he gets a beating.
Cash with the Flash and play Oakland to beat Minnesota.
Prediction: Oakland +118
Full-Game Total Pick
It’s tough to see these two sides combining for enough runs to exceed the total. Especially with these two pitchers on the hill in a pitcher-friendly ballpark like Target Field. I saw the following trend I think might be helpful for Friday.
- Under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
Cash with the Flash and play UNDER on Friday evening.
Prediction: Under 10.5 Runs