Tuesday, May 31, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Tyler Duffey vs. Eric Surkamp
The Minnesota Twins visit O.co Coliseum on Tuesday to play the Oakland Athletics. The probable starters are Tyler Duffey for the Twins and Eric Surkamp for the Athletics. The opening line for this matchup has Minnesota at -121 and Oakland at +111. The over/under was set at 8.5. The Twins have a 27-19-3 over/under record and a 21-28-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 43% of the time. The Athletics are 26-25-0 against the run line and have a 26-23-2 over/under record. They cover the spread 51% of the time.
The Twins head into this matchup with a 15-35 record, including 7-20 on the road. Starting pitcher Tyler Duffey has a 2-3 record with an earned run average of 3.93 and a WHIP of 1.31. He has 30 strikeouts over his 36.2 innings pitched and he has given up 40 hits so far this season. He has allowed 9.8 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.35. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 4.50 and they have given up 196 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .282 against the bullpen while being struck out 173 times and walking 57 times this season. As a team, Minnesota has allowed 10.09 hits per nine innings while striking out 8 batters per nine. They are 28th in the league in team earned run average at 4.98. The Twins pitchers have collectively given up 486 base hits and 240 earned runs. They have allowed 68 home runs this season and they allow 1.4 homers per nine innings as a staff. Minnesota as a pitching staff has walked 140 batters and struck out 385. They walk 2.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.45 and their FIP as a unit is 4.43.
As a team, Minnesota is batting .237, good for 23rd in the league while putting together a .232 average away from home. The Twins hold a .384 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .304 which is good for 24th in baseball. They rank 20th in baseball with 8.08 hits per game. Joe Mauer comes into this game hitting .286 and his on-base percentage is at .391. He has 50 hits this season along with 18 runs scored and 18 runs batted in. He's struck out 33 times and has walked 30 times. Eduardo Nunez is hitting .338 and he has an on-base percentage of .366. He has totaled 51 hits so far while scoring 21 runs and he's driven in 20. He has walked 5 times and has struck out 28 times. The Twins have 396 hits, including 78 doubles and 52 home runs. They've stolen 33 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 11 times. Minnesota has walked 146 times this season and they've struck out 434 times as a unit. They've left 335 men on base and have a team OPS of .688. They score 3.78 runs per contest and have scored a total of 185 runs so far this year.
Oakland comes into this matchup with a 11-16 home record and a 23-29 overall mark. With an earned run average of 6.55, Eric Surkamp has a 0-3 record and a 1.96 WHIP. He has 12 strikeouts over the 22 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 29 hits. He has allowed 11.9 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 6.7. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.06 and they have given up 168 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .246 against the Athletics bullpen while being struck out 167 times and walking 48 times this season. As a team, Oakland has allowed 9.39 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.69 batters per nine. They are 27th in the league in team earned run average at 4.76. The Athletics pitchers as a team have surrendered 469 base knocks and 238 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 64 home runs this year and they give up 1.3 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Oakland as a staff has walked 164 hitters and struck out 384. They give up a walk 3.3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.41 while their FIP as a staff is 4.47.
As a team, they are batting .247, good for 17th in the league while putting together a .231 average at home. The Athletics hold a .390 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .296 which is good for 27th in baseball. They rank 17th in baseball with 8.43 hits per contest. Jed Lowrie comes into this matchup batting .300 and he has an OBP of .345. He has 39 hits this year along with 11 runs scored and 18 RBI. He's struck out 22 times and has walked on 9 occasions. Josh Reddick is hitting .322 and he has an OBP of .394. He has collected 47 hits so far while he's scored 21 runs and drove in 18. He has earned a walk 18 times and has punched out 22 times. The Athletics as a unit have 430 base hits, including 71 doubles and 54 homers. They have 26 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 10 times. Oakland as a team has walked 114 times this year and they have struck out 349 times. They've had 320 men left on base and have an OPS of .686. They score 3.98 runs per game and have totaled 203 runs so far this season.
Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 27-19-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Minnesota Twins are 21-28-0 against the run line so far this season
Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
The Oakland Athletics are 26-23-2 against the over/under so far this season
The Oakland Athletics are 26-25-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
05/30/16 C Kurt Suzuki Concussion "?" Tuesday vs. Oakland Athletics
05/30/16 3B Trevor Plouffe Knee "?" Tuesday vs. Oakland Athletics
05/25/16 RF Darin Mastroianni Oblique 15-day DL (5/22)
04/27/16 P Kyle Gibson Shoulder 15-day DL (4/23)
04/13/16 P Glen Perkins Shoulder 60-day DL (4/11)
05/30/16 P Rich Hill Groin "?" for next scheduled start
05/23/16 P Sonny Gray Trapezius 15-day DL (5/21)
05/20/16 RF Josh Reddick Thumb 15-day DL (5/20)
05/11/16 P Chris Bassitt Elbow 60-day DL (4/28); out for season
05/11/16 P Liam Hendriks Tricep 15-day DL (5/9)
05/11/16 LF Mark Canha Back 15-day DL (5/9), out for season
04/10/16 P Henderson Alvarez Shoulder 15-day DL (4/6)
04/05/16 P Felix Doubront Elbow 60-day DL (4/4); out for season
04/03/16 2B Eric Sogard Shoulder 60-day DL (3/25)
04/01/16 CF Sam Fuld Shoulder 60-day DL (3/25)
03/31/16 P Jarrod Parker Elbow 60-day DL (3/13), out for season
03/31/16 P R.J. Alvarez Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
Josh's Pick: Take the Twins
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