Trevor May (2-1, 4.43 ERA) and Jesse Chavez (0-2, 2.55 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a four-game series between the Minnesota Twins (14-12) and the Oakland Athletics (11-16) at Target Field. The Twins won the last game 8-7, continuing a five-game winning streak. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 5 and can be seen on CSN-CA and FSN-N.
May pitched 5.2 innings in his most recent start, surrendering two runs, striking out four and walking one in a 12-2 win over the White Sox. Brian Dozier (.248, 18 Rs, 2 HRs, 13 RBIs, 2 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 5 with two RBIs. Chavez is 0-0 with a 4.70 ERA when pitching against the Twins. He takes on a good Minnesota offense which is hitting .260 this season. Stephen Vogt (.372, 15 Rs, 7 HRs, 25 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Athletics, going 3 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and five RBIs.
Minnesota is a narrow -106 favorite at home against Oakland. According to the oddsmakers, the Over/Under (O/U) is currently eight runs. The Twins have an overall money line of +372 and a record as the favorite of 2-2. The Twins have seen an uptick in scoring as of late, averaging 5.7 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.2 runs per game.
In games where it is the underdog, Oakland has a 5-4 record and an overall money line of -681. They have been on a bit of a dry streak over their last 10 games. They managed a 0-1 record when playing as the underdog. The Athletics are tough outs for opponents, ranking fourth in the AL with 9.2 hits per road game. Oakland is excellent at not striking out with just 6.3 per game, ranking second in the AL.
The Twins have the edge in the season series, 1-0. The Twins have a 6-7 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Chavez takes the mound. May (RHP) will be on the hill against the Athletics, who have a 10-11 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - OAK, O/U - Over
The Athletics lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Twins are 4-3. The Athletics are 0-7 in close games this season.
The Twins are 2-0 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Athletics are 0-4 in such matchups.
The Athletics are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Twins have a 6-11 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 9-3. The Twins have an 11-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 12th, Minnesota is in the top half of the league in runs, scoring 113 this season. Oakland ranks in the top five at second with 138.
Ranking 21st, Minnesota is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 67 this season. Oakland ranks in the top half at 14th with 80.
The Twins are 10-3 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Athletics are 9-6 when they hit at least one homer.