Wednesday, July 6, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Sonny Gray vs. Ervin Santana
The Oakland Athletics head to Target Field on Wednesday to take on the Minnesota Twins. The probable pitchers are Sonny Gray for the Athletics and Ervin Santana for the Twins. The opening line for this game has Oakland at -110 and Minnesota at +100. The over/under is 9. The Athletics have a 41-39-3 over/under mark and a 43-40-0 run line record, meaning they cover 52% of the time. The Twins are 38-44-0 against the run line and have a 50-28-4 over/under record. They cover the spread 46% of the time.
The Athletics head into this game with a 36-47 record, and they are 19-21 on the road. Starting pitcher Sonny Gray has a 3-7 record with an ERA of 5.42 and a WHIP of 1.45. He has 67 strikeouts during his 84.2 innings pitched and he has given up 93 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 9.9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.56. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 4.12 and they have allowed 284 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .252 against the pen while they've been struck out 272 times and walked 93 times this year. As a unit, Oakland has given up 9.54 base hits per nine innings while striking out 7.58 hitters per nine. They are 27th in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.70. The Athletics pitchers have collectively given up 779 base hits and 384 earned runs. They have allowed 100 home runs this season and they allow 1.2 homers per nine innings as a staff. Oakland as a pitching staff has walked 265 batters and struck out 619. They walk 3.2 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.42 and their FIP as a unit is 4.46.
As a team, Oakland is hitting .253, good for 16th in the league while putting together a .265 average on the road. The Athletics have a .399 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .306 which is good for 26th in the league. They rank 16th in baseball with 8.65 hits per contest. Jed Lowrie comes into this game hitting .287 and his on-base percentage is at .342. He has 71 hits this season along with 23 runs scored and 25 runs batted in. He's struck out 42 times and has walked 21 times. Josh Reddick is hitting .308 and he has an on-base percentage of .385. He has totaled 52 hits so far while scoring 21 runs and he's driven in 19. He has walked 22 times and has struck out 25 times. The Athletics have 718 hits, including 134 doubles and 85 home runs. They've stolen 35 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 13 times. Oakland has walked 205 times this season and they've struck out 558 times as a unit. They've left 530 men on base and have a team OPS of .705. They score 4.17 runs per contest and have scored a total of 346 runs so far this year.
Minnesota comes into this game with a 17-27 home mark and a 27-55 overall record. With an ERA of 4.50, Ervin Santana has a 2-7 record and a 1.41 WHIP. He has 60 strikeouts over the 84 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 92 hits. He has allowed 9.9 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.37. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.41 and they have given up 304 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .272 against the Twins bullpen while being struck out 278 times and walking 89 times this season. As a team, Minnesota has allowed 10.26 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.61 batters per nine. They are 28th in the league in team earned run average at 5.07. The Twins pitchers as a team have surrendered 827 base knocks and 409 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 115 home runs this year and they give up 1.4 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Minnesota as a staff has walked 221 hitters and struck out 613. They give up a walk 2.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.45 while their FIP as a staff is 4.52.
As a team, they are batting .246, good for 22nd in the league while putting together a .258 average at home. The Twins hold a .404 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .311 which is good for 23rd in baseball. They rank 20th in baseball with 8.41 hits per contest. Joe Mauer comes into this matchup batting .262 and he has an OBP of .367. He has 76 hits this year along with 37 runs scored and 26 RBI. He's struck out 59 times and has walked on 48 occasions. Eduardo Nunez is hitting .315 and he has an OBP of .341. He has collected 92 hits so far while he's scored 42 runs and drove in 34. He has earned a walk 10 times and has punched out 41 times. The Twins as a unit have 690 base hits, including 133 doubles and 92 homers. They have 55 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 16 times. Minnesota as a team has walked 250 times this year and they have struck out 706 times. They've had 564 men left on base and have an OPS of .715. They score 4.17 runs per game and have totaled 342 runs so far this season.
Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
The Oakland Athletics are 41-39-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Oakland Athletics are 43-40-0 against the run line so far this season
Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 50-28-4 against the over/under so far this season
The Minnesota Twins are 38-44-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
07/04/16 P Fernando Rodriguez Shoulder 15-day DL (7/4)
07/03/16 C Josh Phegley Knee 15-day DL (7/2)
07/01/16 P Sean Doolittle Shoulder 15-day DL (6/26)
05/11/16 P Chris Bassitt Elbow 60-day DL (4/28); out for season
05/11/16 LF Mark Canha Back 60-day DL (5/9), out for season
04/10/16 P Henderson Alvarez Shoulder 60-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)
07/05/16 SS Eduardo Escobar Hamstring is downgraded to not expected to be in the starting lineup Tuesday vs. Oakland Athletics
07/04/16 3B Trevor Plouffe Ribs 15-day DL (7/1)
06/10/16 P Phil Hughes Knee 60-day DL (6/10); out for season
04/13/16 P Glen Perkins Shoulder 60-day DL (4/11); out for season
Tony's Pick: Take the Twins
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