Phil Hughes (0-4, 4.55 ERA) and the Minnesota Twins (13-12) go up against Jesse Hahn (1-1, 2.86 ERA) and the Oakland Athletics (11-15) in the first of a four-game series at Target Field. The game starts at 8:10 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 4 and will air on CSN-CA and FSN-N.
Hughes has a 4.20 ERA and a 4-2 record in his career against the Athletics, and faces a solid Oakland offense that's hitting .266 on the year. Trevor Plouffe (.278, 12 Rs, 5 HRs, 15 RBIs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 3 for 5 with two runs, one home run, and five RBIs. In his career against the Twins, Hahn is 0-1 with a 4.76 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, and three strikeouts. Josh Reddick (.391, 12 Rs, 4 HRs, 20 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Athletics, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs.
Minnesota is a small underdog (+100) and the Over/Under (O/U) is eight runs. When playing as the underdog, the Twins have an 11-10 record and overall money line at +372. Over the last 10 games, they have had a very good record when playing as the underdog (5-2). The most recent 10-game stretch for the Twins has gone great. Over that span, Minnesota is averaging 5.7 runs per game, well over their season average of 4.2. Transitioning to the pitching staff, the Twins don't give up many walks to opposing batters at Target Field, ranking second in the AL with only 2.3 walks allowed per home game.
Moving on to the opposing team, the Athletics come into this game with a weak win percentage of 5-11 when playing as the favorite (.312) and an overall money line of -781. Over the past 10 matchups, they are 3-7 SU and have played poorly as the favorite with a 2-6 record. One of the top hitting teams in the AL are the Athletics, who average 9.3 hits per game. The Athletics average just 6.4 strikeouts per game, one of the lowest marks in the AL.
This game will feature Hahn (RHP) on the mound against the Twins, who have a 6-7 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Athletics will be the right-hander Hughes. They sport a 9-11 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - OAK, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Twins won by a margin of 10 runs. The Athletics are 2-1 in games decided by a margin of 10 runs or more. The Twins also have a 2-1 record in blowouts.
When the Twins play into extra innings, they have a 2-0 record. The Athletics are 0-4 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Athletics are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 13 strikeouts. The Twins have a record of 0-2 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 9-3. The Twins have an 11-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 13th, Minnesota is in the top half of the league in runs, scoring 105 this season. Oakland ranks in the top five at second with 131.
Ranking 21st, Minnesota is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 65 this season. Oakland ranks in the bottom half at 16th with 78.
When the Twins hit at least one home run, they are 9-3. When the Athletics hit at least one homer, they have a 9-5 record.