Minnesota Twins vs. Oakland Athletics Pick

Date: 
July 3, 9:07 PM EDT
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Betting Odds

Moneyline: 
Twins -125/A's +115
Total: 
9.5

The A's are getting hot, while the Twins might be cooling down, heading into the middle game of a three-game series out by the Bay Wednesday night. Oakland pushed its winning streak to four in a row with a victory as a home dog Tuesday night, and it's lined as a home dog again for Wednesday. Who do we like here for our free MLB pick?

MLB Betting Odds

Wednesday's MLB betting odds opened Minnesota at around -110 over Oakland, with an over/under of 9.5 runs. Early betting action then bumped that line to about -125.

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Twins vs. A's Set-Up

Oakland grabbed the opener of this series Tuesday night 8-6, cashing in as a +100 home dog on the MLB betting line.

Also, Tuesday's game played over a total of 9.5 runs, as the teams combined to hit six dingers.

With Tuesday's victory, the A's now own a four-game winning streak, part of a current 6-1 run. At 47-39 overall Oakland trails first-place Houston by seven games in the AL West but it's also tied with Cleveland for second place in the American League wild-card race.

With Tuesday's loss, the Twins are just 1-4 over their last five games. At 53-31 overall Minnesota leads the AL Central by seven games over the second-place Indians, and it's still only a game and a half behind the Yankees in the battle for the best record in the American League.

This series is the first meeting between these two teams this season. Last year the A's took the season series from the Twins five games to two.

Wednesday's Starting Arms

Fiers, by our strict standards, is 10/17 on quality starts this season, working on a string of four in a row.

Last Friday he held the Angels to one run and six hits through 6 2/3 innings of a 7-2 Oakland victory. And over his last four starts, he's allowed just five earned runs and 17 hits through 25 1/3 innings.

The A's are 10-7 with Fiers this season, 5-0 over his last five starts.

In two starts against Minnesota last year Fiers allowed just two runs and nine hits through 11 2/3 innings. Oakland won both those games.

Gibson is just 5/15 on quality starts this season and 0 for his last two. Last Thursday he tossed one inning of perfect relief in that 18-inning Twins loss to Tampa Bay. But over his two starts previous to that he allowed 10 runs on 14 hits and six walks through 11 1/3 innings.

Minnesota is 10-5 with Gibson this season, but only 2-2 over his last two starts.

In his most recent start against the A's, back in September of last season, Gibson gave up just one run and seven hits over 7 1/3 innings of a 5-1 Twins victory.

Wednesday's Batting Splits

Minnesota is batting .261/.327/.493 against right-handed pitching this season.

Oakland is batting .237/.314/.423 against RH pitching this season.

The Bullpens

The Twins bullpen owns a 4.27 ERA this season and a 1.38 WHIP while allowing a .732 OPS.

The A's pen owns a 4.07 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP while allowing a .714 OPS.

Totals Report

  • Overs are 43-35 in Twins games this season.
  • Totals are split 43-43 in A's games this season.
  • Unders are 23-21 in games played at the Oakland Coliseum this season.
  • Overs are 9-5 with Gibson this season.

Twins at A’s Prediction 07/03/2019

Fiers owns the edge in the pitching match-up, and while Minnesota might hold an advantage with the sticks, Oakland owns the better bullpen. Plus, the A's are playing the better ball as of late, and they're getting a home-dog price. We like Oakland for our free MLB pick here.

Free Pick: 
Take Oakland +115

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