Oakland Athletics at Minnesota Twins MLB Game Picks 7/18/2019
Thursday, July 18, 2019
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Probable Pitchers: Mike Fiers vs. Kyle Gibson
Jonathan Schoop and the Minnesota Twins (58-35, 1st in AL Central) play the Oakland Athletics (54-41, 2nd in AL West) at Target Field on Thursday, July 18, 2019. The Twins open this matchup at -140 while the Athletics are priced at +130. The total is set at 10.
The Athletics have been a strong pick for MLB bettors, having gone 54-41-0 SU. Minnesota is covering 62.4% of the time, going 58-35-0 straight up. The Twins have been strong for MLB wagerers as a favorite, going 38-23-0 SU. Oakland has gone 20-19-0 straight up as the underdog, so they are covering 51.3% of the time.
Valuable Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
The Athletics have been an inconsistent Over choice for O/U MLB bettors, having gone 46-49-0.
Oakland is covering 53.3% of the time away from home, having gone 24-21-0 straight up.
Important Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Twins are covering 63.6% of the time at Target Field, going 28-16-0 SU.
The Twins have been an inconsistent Under choice for O/U MLB bettors, having gone 46-42-5.
Key Oakland Athletics Injuries
7/17/2019 Jharel Cotton RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Jul 26
7/16/2019 Marco Estrada SP Back Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
7/16/2019 Sean Manaea SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 3
7/16/2019 Nick Hundley C Knee Expected to be out until at least Jul 25
7/2/2019 Stephen Piscotty RF Knee Expected to be out until at least Jul 30
5/15/2019 Daniel Gossett RP Elbow Out for the season
Key Minnesota Twins Injuries
7/16/2019 Byron Buxton CF Concussion Expected to be out until at least Jul 23
7/16/2019 Jonathan Schoop 2B Side Probable for Jul 17
7/8/2019 LaMonte Wade RF Thumb Expected to be out until at least Jul 17
7/8/2019 Willians Astudillo C Oblique Expected to be out until at least Jul 26
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Athletics have a 54-41 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Mike Fiers has a 9-3 record with an earned run average of 3.61 and a WHIP of 1.11 this season. He has 74 strikeouts over his 114.2 innings pitched and he's given up 96 hits. He's allowed 7.5 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.62. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.91 and they have given up 309 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .235 against the bullpen and they've struck out 346 hitters and walked 135 batters. As a team, Oakland allows 8.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.7 batters per nine innings. They are 7th in the league in team earned run average at 3.97. The Athletics pitchers collectively have given up 790 base hits and 383 earned runs. They have allowed 107 home runs this season, ranking them 28th in the league. Oakland as a pitching staff has walked 297 batters and struck out 743. They have walked 3.1 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.25 and their FIP as a unit is 4.26.
As a team Oakland is hitting .249, good for 17th in the league. The Athletics hold a .447 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .323, which is good for 16th in baseball. They rank 16th in MLB with 8.6 hits per game. Matt Chapman is hitting .274 with an on-base percentage of .360. He has 96 hits this season in 350 at bats with 54 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .540 and an OPS+ of 140. Marcus Semien is hitting .272 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .348. He has totaled 106 hits and he has driven in 49 men in 390 at bats. His OPS+ is 116 while his slugging percentage is at .451. The Athletics have 825 hits, including 172 doubles and 152 home runs. Oakland has walked 320 times so far this season and they have struck out 739 times as a unit. They have left 624 men on base and have a team OPS of .769. They score 5.18 runs per contest and have scored a total of 497 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Minnesota has a 58-35 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 4.03, Kyle Gibson has a 8-4 record and a 1.26 WHIP. He has 99 strikeouts over the 98.1 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 95 hits. He's allowing 8.7 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.12. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.16 and they have given up 298 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .244 against the Twins bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 327 batters and walked 120 opposing hitters. As a team, Minnesota allows 8.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.7 batters per nine innings. They are 5th in the league in team earned run average at 3.89. The Twins pitchers as a team have surrendered 783 base knocks and 364 earned runs this season. They have given up 113 home runs this year, which ranks 25th in Major League Baseball. Minnesota as a staff has walked 264 hitters and struck out 812 batters. They give up a walk 2.8 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.24 while their FIP as a staff is 4.10.
As a team, they are batting .271, good for 2nd in the league. The Twins hold a .493 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .336, which is good for 7th in baseball. They rank 2nd in MLB with 9.6 hits per contest. Jonathan Schoop comes into this matchup batting .256 with an OBP of .305. He has 76 hits this year along with 39 RBI in 297 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .458 with an OPS+ of 100. Jorge Polanco is hitting .311 this season and he has an OBP of .367. He has collected 115 hits in 370 at bats while driving in 44 runs. He has an OPS+ of 131 and a slugging percentage of .508. The Twins as a unit have 895 base hits, including 195 doubles and 172 homers. Minnesota has walked 283 times this year and they have struck out on 758 occasions. They have had 648 men left on base and have an OPS of .829. They have scored 5.65 runs per game and totaled 525 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Athletics/Twins MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Twins -140
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