Minnesota Twins vs Oakland Athletics Prediction, 4/20/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Twins vs Oakland Athletics
Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Location: RingCentral Coliseum in Oakland, CA
TV: NBC Sports California
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota (+110) Oakland (-120)
Matt Shoemaker and the Minnesota Twins (6-8, 4th in AL Central) head to RingCentral Coliseum on Tuesday where they'll take on the Oakland Athletics (9-7, 3rd in AL West). The Twins open this contest at +110 while the Athletics are coming in at -120. The over/under has been set at 8.5. The expected starting pitchers are Matt Shoemaker and Jesus Luzardo.
The Twins have accumulated 27 doubles as a team and have hit 14 balls out of the stadium. Minnesota is slugging .402 and have been rung up 131 times, while being walked on 52 occasions. As a unit, the Minnesota Twins are putting up 4.8 runs per outing, which puts them at 8th in the league. They have 64 runs batted in and 119 base knocks for the season, while their average at the plate is .252. They have accumulated 67 runs scored and hold an on-base percentage of .333.
The Twins have compiled a team ERA of 3.83 on the season (12th in the league), and they have struck out 137 hitters. They have earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.81 and their pitching staff has recorded a WHIP of 1.22. Twins pitchers have conceded 16 home runs and 61 runs (11th in the league). They have walked 36 opposing hitters and their FIP is 3.59 as a squad for the year.
The Twins have sent 45 relievers to the hill this season. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 18 runners so far this year with 66.7% of those players ended up scoring. They have compiled 3 saves on the season and have blown 3 of 6 chances to save the game. The Twins relievers have earned a save rate of 50.0% and has entered the game in 16 save situations. The relievers have notched 10 holds this season (7th in baseball). Twins relief pitchers have entered the contest with players on base 12 times in addition to having 22 appearances in high leverage situations.
Shoemaker has taken the mound for 613 innings and is sitting with 552 punch outs so far in his MLB career. His ERA is 3.86 (263 earned runs allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.179. He has allowed 575 hits (8.4 hits per 9 innings) with 148 walks. Shoemaker (44-33 career record) holds a FIP of 4.04 while going up against 2,524 opposing batters in the majors.
Oakland has a total of 19 home runs this season to go along with 65 RBIs. They have tallied 20 doubles, while walking 60 times and scoring 69 runs. The Oakland Athletics have earned a team on-base percentage of .309 and a team batting average of .216 on the campaign. The Athletics hold a team SLG% of .382 and they are scoring 4.31 runs per contest (15th in MLB). They have been rung up on 154 occasions (5th in MLB) and are sitting with 113 base hits.
The Athletics have a team WHIP of 1.368 and have a FIP of 4.29 as a squad on the campaign. They rank 29th in baseball as a pitching staff in total hits surrendered with 144. The Oakland pitching staff have allowed 80 runs on the campaign while having a team ERA of 4.88 (78 earned runs surrendered). They currently have a K/BB ratio of 2.47 (131 strikeouts against 53 bases on balls). They have surrendered 19 homers and they surrender 5.00 runs per 9 innings (21st in MLB).
Oakland has called on relievers to enter the contest in 2 save opportunities and they have tallied 2 saves. They rank 2nd in baseball with a save percentage of 100.0%, and they have dispatched 59 relief pitchers onto the field so far this season. Their bullpen pitchers have stepped onto the mound 11 times in high leverage situations and on 16 occasions with base runners. Oakland relief pitchers have an inherited score rate of 41.7% of 24 inherited runners. With 8 save situations, the Athletics have earned 6 holds and also 0 blown saves.
Luzardo (3-3 career win-loss record) has earned a 4.39 ERA while conceding 8.8 hits per 9 innings. His K/BB ratio is 3.33 and he has gone up against 359 batters thus far in his career. He has allowed a total of 41 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.298 and a FIP of 4.2. During his pro baseball career, Luzardo has given up 82 base hits and he has 90 strikeouts in 84 innings pitched.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Oakland (-120)
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