Minnesota vs Oakland MLB Betting Lines
Before the season begins, there are always a few teams that have the pundits arguing about how good, or bad, they are going to be. For these teams, everything has to go right in order for them to fall on the good side. The Minnesota Twins have managed to get the most out of what they have, while the Oakland A’s have struggled. These two will meet for a 3-game series in Oakland over the weekend, with the second game set for Saturday night. Find the latest MLB odds here.
Minnesota Twins vs Oakland Athletics MLB Betting Lines
Date/Time: Saturday, July 18th, 7:07 PM
Location: O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California
TV: CSNCA, MLBN
Radio: KIQI 1010, 95.7 FM The Game
Opening Line: Oakland -151
The Twins (49-40) have to be absolutely delighted with their first half, as they are currently on pace to deliver 89 wins this season. This is above expectations, and it has fans in Minnesota starting to believe that they might just be able to take a run at the AL Central. They will have their work cut out to overcome the 4.5 game lead that the Royals currently own, but it is certainly not out of the question for a Wild Card spot.
Minnesota finished the first half in a good run of form, going 7-3 in their last 10, and closing out on a 3-game win streak. They will be looking to build on that as they start the second half, and will send Phil Hughes (8-6, 4.32 ERA) to the mound on Saturday. The Twins have won the last 6 games that Hughes has started.
Byron Buxton OF 15-Day DL
Ricky Nolasco P 60-Day DL
Ryan Pressly P 15-Day DL
Jordan Schafer OF 15-Day DL
Coco Crisp OF 60-Day DL
Sean Doolittle P 60-Day DL
Jesse Hahn P 15-Day DL
Tyler Ladendorf 2B 60-Day DL
Jarrod Parker P 15-Day DL
Taylor Thompson P 60-Day DL
Pat Venditte P 15-Day DL
It was a first half to forget for the Oakland A’s (41-50), but one that did come with a few positives. Scott Kazmir has been consistently brilliant on the mound, while rookie Billy Burns has been delivering the goods in the leadoff spot. It’s been tough to figure this team out, especially when you consider that their +44 run differential is better than that of the division leading Angels. The A’s are 8.5 games back of the leaders, which is not really an insurmountable number.
If they can make a couple of impact deals at the deadline, they might just be able to claw their way back into things. It will be than man Scott Kazmir (5-5, 2.49 ERA) who will get the start on Saturday. Kazmir has gone two straight starts without giving up an earned run.
Consider This Before Placing Your Bets
This promises to be a very interesting series, and one that is important to both teams for different reasons. I think it will be the A’s who win this one on the strength of their starting pitcher.