Kendall Graveman (1-6, 5.36 ERA) and Ervin Santana (1-3, 4.17 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Oakland Athletics (22-29) and the Minnesota Twins (15-34) at O.C. Coliseum. Action begins at 4:05 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 30 and can be seen on ESPN.
Graveman pitched 4.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering two runs, striking out three and walking two in a 6-5 defeat to the Mariners. Danny Valencia (.325, 21 Rs, 7 HRs, 18 RBIs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 3 for 4 with two runs. Santana went 3.2 innings, surrendering six runs, striking out four and walking two in a 7-4 defeat to the Royals in his last outing. Eduardo Nunez (.338, 21 Rs, 5 HRs, 20 RBIs, 9 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Twins, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run and one stolen base.
The odds for Oakland and Minnesota are Athletics -110, while the Over/Under (O/U) is 8.5 as of now.
Predictions: SU Winner - MIN
In their last game, the Twins won by a margin of one run. The Athletics are 6-8 in one-run games. The Twins have a 6-9 record in close games.
The Athletics are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 12 strikeouts. The Twins have a record of 1-10 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they are outhit, the Athletics are 4-25. The Twins have a 5-28 record when opponents outhit them.
Minnesota ranks in the bottom half of the league at 16th when it comes to home runs, hitting 52 this season. Oakland ranks in the top half with 54.
Oakland and Minnesota both rank in the bottom half of the league in hits. Oakland sits at 16th with 8.45 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 25th with an OPS of .689, and Minnesota ranks 24th with an OPS of .690.
The Twins are 11-26 when they allow at least one home run. The Athletics perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 9-24 record.