Oakland Athletics at Minnesota Twins MLB Game Picks 7/21/2019
Sunday, July 21, 2019
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Probable Pitchers: Daniel Mengden vs. Michael Pineda
Target Field is the venue where Jonathan Schoop and the Minnesota Twins (59-37, 1st in AL Central) will play the Oakland Athletics (56-42, 2nd in AL West) on Sunday. The Athletics open this contest at +134 while the Twins are coming in at -144. The total is set at 10.5.
The Athletics have been a great play for bettors, having gone 56-42-0 SU. The Twins cover 61.5% of the time, going 59-37-0 straight up. The Twins have been a great play for bettors as the favorite, going 39-25-0 SU. Oakland has went 21-20-0 straight up as an underdog, so they cover 51.2% of the time.
Valuable Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
The Athletics have been a less than ideal Over option for O/U baseball bettors, having gone 47-51-0.
The Athletics cover 53.2% of the time on the road, having gone 25-22-0 straight up.
Important Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Twins cover 61.7% of the time at Target Field, going 29-18-0 SU.
The Twins have been a dicey Under option for O/U baseball bettors, having gone 47-44-5.
Key Oakland Athletics Injuries
7/19/2019 Matt Chapman 3B Ankle Probable for Jul 20
7/17/2019 Jharel Cotton RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Jul 26
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
7/16/2019 Marco Estrada SP Back Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
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
7/19/2019 Jonathan Schoop 2B Abdomen Probable for Jul 20
7/17/2019 LaMonte Wade RF Thumb Expected to be out until at least Jul 25
7/16/2019 Byron Buxton CF Concussion Expected to be out until at least Jul 23
7/8/2019 Willians Astudillo C Oblique Expected to be out until at least Jul 26
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Athletics have a 56-42 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Daniel Mengden has a 5-1 record with an earned run average of 4.21 and a WHIP of 1.30 this season. He has 34 strikeouts over his 47 innings pitched and he's given up 45 hits. He's allowed 8.6 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.18. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.89 and they have given up 315 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .234 against the bullpen and they've struck out 353 hitters and walked 139 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 3.95. The Athletics pitchers collectively have given up 814 base hits and 393 earned runs. They have allowed 111 home runs this season, ranking them 28th in the league. Oakland as a pitching staff has walked 307 batters and struck out 762. 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 4.30.
As a team Oakland is hitting .251, good for 17th in the league. The Athletics hold a .451 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .323, which is good for 19th in baseball. They rank 14th in MLB with 8.6 hits per game. Matt Chapman is hitting .279 with an on-base percentage of .363. He has 99 hits this season in 355 at bats with 59 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .552 and an OPS+ of 144. Marcus Semien is hitting .273 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .350. He has totaled 111 hits and he has driven in 50 men in 407 at bats. His OPS+ is 119 while his slugging percentage is at .464. The Athletics have 855 hits, including 178 doubles and 160 home runs. Oakland has walked 326 times so far this season and they have struck out 758 times as a unit. They have left 640 men on base and have a team OPS of .773. They score 5.2 runs per contest and have scored a total of 515 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Minnesota has a 59-37 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 4.38, Michael Pineda has a 6-5 record and a 1.17 WHIP. He has 87 strikeouts over the 98.2 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 99 hits. He's allowing 9 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.18. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.26 and they have given up 318 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .251 against the Twins bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 336 batters and walked 121 opposing hitters. As a team, Minnesota allows 8.5 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.6 batters per nine innings. They are 5th in the league in team earned run average at 3.93. The Twins pitchers as a team have surrendered 820 base knocks and 379 earned runs this season. They have given up 118 home runs this year, which ranks 25th in Major League Baseball. Minnesota as a staff has walked 268 hitters and struck out 835 batters. They give up a walk 2.8 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.25 while their FIP as a staff is 4.13.
As a team, they are batting .270, 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 6th in baseball. They rank 2nd in MLB with 9.6 hits per contest. Jonathan Schoop comes into this matchup batting .258 with an OBP of .308. He has 77 hits this year along with 40 RBI in 299 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .468 with an OPS+ of 103. Jorge Polanco is hitting .305 this season and he has an OBP of .362. He has collected 117 hits in 383 at bats while driving in 44 runs. He has an OPS+ of 127 and a slugging percentage of .501. The Twins as a unit have 919 base hits, including 199 doubles and 178 homers. Minnesota has walked 293 times this year and they have struck out on 775 occasions. They have had 666 men left on base and have an OPS of .829. They have scored 5.6 runs per game and totaled 538 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Athletics/Twins MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Twins -144
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