In the second of a three-game series between the Oakland Athletics (23-29) and the Minnesota Twins (15-35) at O.C. Coliseum, Eric Surkamp (0-3, 6.55 ERA) and Tyler Duffey (2-3, 3.93 ERA) take the mound. The Athletics won the last game 3-2, and Oakland leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 10:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 31 and will air on CSCA and FSN.
In his most recent outing, Surkamp pitched 2.2 innings, giving up four runs, striking out three and walking two in a 13-3 loss to the Red Sox. Danny Valencia (.328, 21 Rs, 7 HRs, 18 RBIs) went 1 for 2 yesterday. The Twins were victorious the last time Duffey pitched. He struggled, going 6.2 innings, allowing five runs, striking out five and walking two in a 7-5 victory over the Royals. Eduardo Nunez (.338, 21 Rs, 5 HRs, 20 RBIs, 9 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday.
The odds are Twins -120 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is 8.5 at the moment.
The only other game between the two teams went Oakland's way.
Predictions: SU Winner - MIN
In their last game, the Twins lost by a margin of one run. The Athletics are 7-8 in one-run games. The Twins have a 6-10 record in close games.
The Athletics are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 10 strikeouts. The Twins have a record of 4-15 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they are outhit, the Twins are 5-28. The Athletics have a 5-25 record when opponents outhit them.
Minnesota ranks in the bottom half of the league at 19th when it comes to home runs, hitting 52 this season. Oakland ranks in the top half with 55.
Oakland and Minnesota both rank in the bottom half of the league in hits. Oakland sits at 16th with 8.42 hits per game and Minnesota ranks 20th with 8.10.
Oakland and Minnesota both rank near the bottom of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Oakland sits at 24th with an OPS of .690, and Minnesota ranks 25th with an OPS of .688.
The Twins are 11-27 when they allow at least one home run. The Athletics perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 9-24 record.