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MLB : ATS Matchup
Friday 9/21/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore
+1.5  -135

-1.5  +115



MINNESOTA (71 - 81) at OAKLAND (92 - 61)
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Friday, 9/21/2018 10:05 PM
Board OpeningLatest
977MINNESOTA+145Ov 8.5,+100+165Ov 8.5,+100
978OAKLAND-155Un 8.5,-120-175Un 8.5,-120
MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games71-81-1175-744.40.2470.3130.3950.7084.90.2590.3280.4170.745
Road Games29-51-19.940-394.10.2380.3010.3720.6735.10.2620.3320.4330.765
vs Right-handed Starters53-56-3.956-514.70.2520.3170.4060.7234.90.2600.3310.4150.746
Past 7 Games4-3+0.65-25.60.3050.3500.4520.8025.10.2670.3240.4070.731
Grass Games68-78-11.270-734.40.2460.3120.3920.7034.80.2570.3260.4160.742
Night Games44-50-5.748-454.40.2490.3130.3920.7054.90.2570.3270.4180.745
MINNESOTA - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games4.40.2470.31315251851283269211510.39564249412484210161029012079
Road Games4.10.2380.3018028256711378760.3723142556862455551546144
Righty Starters4.70.2520.3171093736940206151130.4064833588823272677638061
MINNESOTA - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games4.661.3995663132935868720656732-27342557.6%
Road Games4.881.415293.31731593044811130814-17131644.8%

OAKLAND - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games92-61+35.673-715.00.2530.3190.4230.7424.10.2360.2970.3840.681
Home Games48-30+16.235-394.60.2420.3140.3950.7083.80.2280.2830.3680.650
vs Right-handed Starters62-36+30.249-455.10.2550.3200.4270.7474.00.2330.2930.3780.671
Past 7 Games3-4-2.25-27.40.2790.3530.4390.7914.30.2370.3050.4060.711
Grass Games87-59+32.469-695.00.2520.3190.4220.7414.10.2380.2960.3850.681
Night Games55-41+17.644-484.90.2530.3190.4260.7454.20.2420.3030.3890.692
OAKLAND - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games5.00.2530.31915352681331280181940.42373351212953510241438412182
Home Games4.60.2420.3147826026291526780.3953382736441851774397040
Righty Starters5.10.2550.320983385863176131270.4274813258302665387467855
OAKLAND - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games3.331.190587.32342174847021557840-14431475.4%
Home Games3.181.2103001101062603010329220-520871.4%
MINNESOTA - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
9/7/2018GONSALVES(L)KANSAS CITYFILLMYER(R)10-6W-1659.5 ovO129010101
9/8/2018BERRIOS(R)KANSAS CITYLOPEZ(R)1-4L-2108.5 ovU110880
9/9/2018DE JONG(R)KANSAS CITYKENNEDY(R)3-1W-1309.5 unU761360
9/10/2018GIBSON(R)NY YANKEESHAPP(L)2-7L+1458.5 ovO107111140
9/11/2018DUFFEY(R)NY YANKEESGRAY(R)10-5W+1659.5 unO1390520
9/12/2018ODORIZZI(R)NY YANKEESSEVERINO(R)3-1W+1958.5 ovU730240
9/13/2018MOYA(L)@ KANSAS CITYFILLMYER(R)4-6L-1059.5 ovO7428100
9/14/2018BERRIOS(R)@ KANSAS CITYLOPEZ(R)4-8L-1359 evO131201170
9/15/2018DE JONG(R)@ KANSAS CITYKENNEDY(R)3-10L1109 ovO11911671
9/16/2018GIBSON(R)@ KANSAS CITYJUNIS(R)9-6W-1058.5 unO18901351
9/17/2018MOYA(L)@ DETROITZIMMERMANN(R)6-1W1059 unU961570
9/18/2018ODORIZZI(R)@ DETROITNORRIS(L)5-3W-1109 unU1080640
9/19/2018MOYA(L)@ DETROITTURNBULL(R)8-2W-1109 unO1150431
9/23/2018GIBSON(R)@ OAKLAND  
9/27/2018 DETROIT  
9/28/2018 CHI WHITE SOX  

OAKLAND - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
9/7/2018HENDRIKS(R)TEXASGALLARDO(R)8-4W-1809 evO10100881
9/8/2018JACKSON(R)TEXASMENDEZ(L)8-6W-1759.5 ovO970941
9/9/2018CAHILL(R)TEXASSPRINGS(L)7-3W-2309 unO950452
9/11/2018FIERS(R)@ BALTIMORECOBB(R)3-2W-1859 unU770640
9/12/2018HENDRIKS(R)@ BALTIMORECASHNER(R)10-0W-1859.5 evO1591120
9/13/2018ANDERSON(L)@ BALTIMOREBUNDY(R)3-5L-1759 evU9801250
9/14/2018JACKSON(R)@ TAMPA BAYCASTILLO(R)2-1W1158.5 unU320671
9/15/2018HENDRIKS(R)@ TAMPA BAYSTANEK(R)5-7L-1058.5 evO1380860
9/16/2018FIERS(R)@ TAMPA BAYCASTILLO(R)4-5L-1108 unO420980
9/18/2018HENDRIKS(R)LA ANGELSSKAGGS(L)7-9L-1408.5 unO761940
9/19/2018ANDERSON(L)LA ANGELSPENA(R)10-0W-1408.5 evO1050441
9/20/2018JACKSON(R)LA ANGELSSHOEMAKER(R)21-3W-1258.5 ovO2260551
9/25/2018JACKSON(R)@ SEATTLE  
9/26/2018CAHILL(R)@ SEATTLE  
9/28/2018 @ LA ANGELS  
MINNESOTA: 2017: 85-77, second place, lost to Yankees in wild-card game.
MANAGER: Paul Molitor (fourth season).
ADDITIONS: RHP Lance Lynn, RHP Jake Odorizzi, DH-1B Logan Morrison, RHP Fernando Rodney, RHP Addison Reed, LHP Zach Duke, SS-3B Erick Aybar, RHP Michael Pineda.
SUBTRACTIONS: RHP Matt Belisle, RHP Bartolo Colon, C Chris Gimenez, DH-1B Kennys Vargas, LHP Hector Santiago, LHP Glen Perkins, LHP Buddy Boshers, RHP Michael Tonkin.
OUTLOOK: After their massive 26-win turnaround last season, earning Molitor the AL Manager of the Year award and a new contract through the 2020 season, the Twins were already on the upswing with their 25-and-under core of Berrios, Buxton, Sano, Rosario and Kepler. Then, after spring training began, they traded for Odorizzi and signed Morrison and Lynn, all at market-bargain prices. They've already had some setbacks, with finger surgery for Santana expected to keep him out for most or all of April, and the gut-punch news of Polanco's suspension, plus the uncertainty that surrounds Sano. But this is a team, even with the bold offseason moves made by AL heavyweights Boston and New York, and the strength of reigning AL Central champion Cleveland, that has the talent and spunk to be right in the playoff mix. With Hughes and Tyler Duffey on track for long-relief roles and a spate of well-regarded prospects set to fill out the rotation at Triple-A Rochester, this is as much starting pitching depth as the Twins have had in years. After using 16 different starters in 2017, they needed that. Rodney, Reed and Duke were important additions to bolster the bullpen, too, after Minnesota relievers ranked 22nd in the majors with a collective 4.40 ERA.
OAKLAND: 2017: 75-87, fifth place.
MANAGER: Bob Melvin (eighth season).
ADDITIONS: OF Stephen Piscotty, C Jonathan Lucroy, OF Dustin Fowler, RHP Trevor Cahill, RHP Emilio Pagan, RHP Yusmeiro Petit, LHP Ryan Buchter.
SUBTRACTIONS: INF Ryon Healy, RHP Jesse Hahn, OF Jaycob Brugman.
OUTLOOK: The A's have followed up three straight playoff appearances with last-place finishes the past three seasons. There are signs of a potential turnaround but rebuilding will still take some time, especially in a division with the defending World Series champions and other possible contenders. The bullpen should be improved with the additions of Pagan, Petit and Buchter. The strength of the team is power. Davis leads the way with 85 homers the past two seasons, ranking second in the majors during that span to Giancarlo Stanton's 86. Olson made a big splash with 24 homers in 189 at-bats, a rate topped over a whole season only twice ' when Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds each set the single-season home run record. The A's added depth to the lineup this spring by signing Lucroy. One of the most intriguing players will be Fowler, who played one inning in the majors for the Yankees before blowing out his knee and then getting traded to Oakland for pitcher Sonny Gray. Fowler adds needed athleticism and defense in the outfield as the A's look to build a foundation for the future.
A's have way more to play for than Twins

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Two second-place teams that enter the final 10 days of the regular season worlds apart in the playoff picture go head-to-head when the Minnesota Twins and Oakland Athletics open a three-game series on Friday night.

The Twins (71-81) are the hotter of the two teams, having won four straight, but all it has accomplished is allow them to clinch second place in the American League Central behind the front-running Cleveland Indians.

Minnesota has been formally eliminated from postseason consideration.

The A's (92-61), meanwhile, are coming off a 21-3 romp over the Los Angeles Angels that allowed them to win two of three in the home series.

Thursday's one-sided triumph increased Oakland's advantage over Tampa Bay (85-66) to six games in their pursuit of the second wild-card playoff spot in the AL.

The A's are still alive in the AL West race, but trail Houston (95-57) by 3 1/2 games with just nine to play.

The A's and Twins met in Minneapolis in August, with Minnesota taking the series opener 6-4 before Oakland rebounded for a 7-1 and two 6-2 victories.

Right-hander Jose Berrios (11-11, 3.81 ERA) pitched the first 6-2 loss for the Twins, allowing three runs, including a Matt Chapman solo homer, in five innings.

He will get a second crack at Oakland in Friday's series opener. His loss last month left him with an 0-1 record and 5.40 ERA lifetime record against the A's.

Berrios, the Twins' top winner, hasn't won since Aug. 4, a seven-start stretch. He pitched well enough to win in his last two outings, giving up a combined three runs and eight hits in 12 innings in back-to-back losses to Kansas City.

Berrios will be opposed, for one inning, anyway, by Oakland "opener" Liam Hendriks (0-1, 5.30) as the A's try bullpenning for the seventh time this month.

Hendriks has gotten progressively better at the one-inning starter role, having shut out his last five opponents on a total of two hits.

He threw a 1-2-3 first inning against the Angels on Tuesday night, requiring just seven pitches to navigate the inning.

Chances are Hendriks won't have to deal with the Twins' hottest hitter, rookie catcher Willians Astudillo, who has seven hits and five RBIs in his last four games.

Astudillo batted sixth (twice), eighth and ninth in those games.

The A's will open the series riding the momentum of season-best outputs in runs and hits (22) in the 21-3 shellacking of the Angels on Thursday afternoon.

The Twins, who finished a three-game sweep at Detroit on Wednesday, had the day off.

Oakland's hitters went 12-for-17 with runners in scoring position against the Angels, helping the A's win the three-game series after having lost the opener 9-7 on Tuesday night.

The A's have won 12 of their last 14 home series and tied the other two, a 14-series non-losing run that's the franchise best since a 19-gamer in 1931.

Stephen Piscotty highlighted 10-0 and 21-3 wins the last two days with a single, double, two homers and nine RBIs in seven at-bats.

He has hit seven homers in September.

Last Updated: 6/17/2019 2:50:19 AM EST

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