In the last of a three-game series between the Oakland Athletics (24-29) and the Minnesota Twins (15-36) at O.C. Coliseum, Sean Manaea (1-3, 7.03 ERA) and Pat Dean (1-1, 3.43 ERA) take the mound. The Athletics won the last game 7-4, and Oakland leads the series 2-0. The game gets underway at 3:35 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jun. 1 and will air on FSN+ and MLBN.
In his most recent outing, Manaea pitched 6.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out four and walking two in a 4-1 loss to the Tigers. Danny Valencia (.333, 23 Rs, 8 HRs, 21 RBIs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two runs, one home run, and three RBIs. The Twins were victorious the last time Dean pitched. He pitched well, going 7.0 innings, giving up two runs and striking out eight in a 7-2 victory over the Mariners. Eduardo Nunez (.340, 22 Rs, 5 HRs, 20 RBIs, 9 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Twins, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an Athletics -130 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 9.
So far this season, the Athletics are 2-0 against the Twins.
Predictions: SU Winner - OAK
Minnesota has won 37% (7-12) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Oakland has won 41% (9-13) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Twins managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Athletics who are heading in with a 5-3 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Twins are 5-28. The Athletics have a 5-25 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 19th in home runs, Minnesota has hit 52 this season. Oakland ranks 15th with 56 home runs.
Oakland and Minnesota both rank in the bottom half of the league in hits. Oakland sits at 16th with 8.49 hits per game and Minnesota ranks 19th with 8.18.
Oakland and Minnesota both rank near the bottom of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Oakland sits at 23rd with an OPS of .696, and Minnesota ranks 24th with an OPS of .691.
When the Twins allow at least one home run, they are 11-28, well-matched with the Athletics who are 9-24 when allowing at least one homer.