Oakland Athletics at Minnesota Twins 8/23/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Thursday, August 23, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: Trevor Cahill vs. Kohl Stewart
Target Field is the site of the matchup between the Oakland Athletics and the Minnesota Twins on Thursday, August 23, 2018. The probable starting pitchers are Trevor Cahill for the Athletics and Kohl Stewart for the Twins.
Oakland opens at -157 while Minnesota opens at +147. The Athletics have a 57-60-9 over/under record and a 64-62-0 run line mark. The Twins are 67-58-0 against the run line and have a 60-62-3 over/under record.
Valuable Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
The Oakland Athletics are 57-60-9 against the over/under
The Oakland Athletics are 64-62-0 against the run line
Important Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 60-62-3 against the over/under
The Minnesota Twins are 67-58-0 against the run line
Key Oakland Athletics Injuries
08/06/18 LF Jake Smolinski Blood Clot 60-day DL (08/05)
07/25/18 P Kendall Graveman Elbow is out for season
07/14/18 P Andrew Triggs Forearm 60-day DL (05/18)
07/08/18 P Paul Blackburn Elbow 10-day DL (07/07)
07/07/18 RF Matt Joyce Back 10-day DL (07/05)
06/26/18 P Daniel Mengden Foot 10-day DL (06/24)
06/08/18 CF Boog Powell Knee 60-day DL (04/07)
06/06/18 P Daniel Gossett Elbow 60-day DL (06/04)
03/26/18 P Jharel Cotton Elbow 60-day DL (03/21)
Key Minnesota Twins Injuries
08/19/18 P Ervin Santana Finger 10-day DL (08/19)
08/12/18 1B Logan Morrison Hip 7-day DL (08/11)
08/11/18 P Adalberto Mejia Wrist 10-day DL (08/10)
08/08/18 P Matt Belisle Knee 10-day DL (08/08)
07/14/18 P Aaron Slegers Shoulder 10-day DL (07/11)
06/10/18 C Jason Castro Knee is out for season
03/26/18 P Michael Pineda Elbow 60-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 P Trevor May Elbow 60-day DL (03/26)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Athletics have a 76-50 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Trevor Cahill has a 5-2 record with an earned run average of 3.12 and a WHIP of 1.04 this year. He has 85 strikeouts over his 86.2 innings pitched and he's given up 65 hits. He's allowed 6.8 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.1. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.35 and they have given up 386 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .225 against the bullpen and they've struck out 457 hitters and walked 173 batters. As a team, Oakland allows 8.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.6 batters per nine innings. They are 9th in the league in team earned run average at 3.75. The Athletics pitchers collectively have given up 1,028 base hits and 478 earned runs. They have allowed 142 home runs this season, ranking them 18th in the league. Oakland as a pitching staff has walked 359 batters and struck out 967. They have walked 2.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.21 and their FIP as a unit is 4.13.
As a team Oakland is hitting .251, good for 12th in the league. The Athletics hold a .435 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .322, which is good for 12th in baseball. They rank 8th in MLB with 8.7 hits per game. Jed Lowrie is hitting .272 with an on-base percentage of .355. He has 127 hits this season in 467 at bats with 77 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .465 and an OPS+ of 128. Marcus Semien is hitting .266 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .325. He has totaled 134 hits and he has driven in 46 men in 503 at bats. His OPS+ is 100 while his slugging percentage is at .392. The Athletics have 1,090 hits, including 254 doubles and 171 home runs. Oakland has walked 410 times so far this season and they have struck out 1,066 times as a unit. They have left 854 men on base and have a team OPS of .757. They score 4.77 runs per contest and have scored a total of 601 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Minnesota has a 60-65 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 7.71, Kohl Stewart has a 0-1 record and a 2.29 WHIP this season. He has 3 strikeouts over the 7 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 11 hits. He allows 14.1 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.3. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.46 and they have given up 470 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .263 against the Twins bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 469 batters and walked 158 opposing hitters. As a team, Minnesota allows 9 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.8 batters per nine innings. They are 22nd in the league in team earned run average at 4.46. The Twins pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,119 base knocks and 556 earned runs this season. They have given up 152 home runs this year, which ranks 9th in Major League Baseball. Minnesota as a staff has walked 433 hitters and struck out 1,094 batters. They give up a walk 3.5 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.38 while their FIP as a staff is 4.30.
As a team, they are batting .246, good for 17th in the league. The Twins hold a .407 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .315, which is good for 21st in baseball. They rank 18th in MLB with 8.4 hits per contest. Max Kepler comes into this matchup batting .234 with an OBP of .323. He has 98 hits this year along with 46 RBI in 419 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .434 with an OPS+ of 103. Eddie Rosario is hitting .293 this season and he has an OBP of .331. He has collected 146 hits in 499 at bats while driving in 72 runs. He has an OPS+ of 119 and a slugging percentage of .493. The Twins as a unit have 1,050 base hits, including 249 doubles and 131 homers. Minnesota has walked 412 times this year and they have struck out on 1,052 occasions. They have had 825 men left on base and have an OPS of .721. They have scored 4.51 runs per game and totaled 564 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Athletics/Twins MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Twins +147
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