Athletics vs. Twins Prediction
Can the Oakland Athletics continue their recent winning ways when they make the trip east to face the Minnesota Twins at 8:10PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Thursday, August 23, 2018
8:10PM ET – Target Field
TV: FSN (Min); NSCA (Oak)
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Athletics are favored on the road, as they are getting odds of -165 to win. The Twins are listed with odds of +155 to win, while the over/under total has been set at 9.5 runs. The public betting for this game currently has 82 percent going on Oakland on the road. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Athletics coming off loss
Oakland is coming off a 4-2 loss at home to Texas on Wednesday, but the Athletics have been one of the stronger teams in baseball over the past few months. Oakland is now 76-51 overall and 37-25 on the road. The Athletics are scoring 4.75 runs per game on offense while giving up 4.12 per contest.
Trevor Cahill gets the start for the Athletics this evening. He is making his 16th start of the season and has a 5-2 record with a 3.12 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. Cahill has 85 strikeouts and 25 walks over 86.2 innings on the mound this year.
Twins fall to White Sox
Minnesota is coming off losing two of three against the White Sox this week. The Twins have not been able to get to the .500 mark and now sit at 60-66 overall and 38-26 at home. Minnesota is putting up 4.50 runs per game on offense while allowing 4.70 runs per contest.
Kohl Stewart gets the start for the Twins today. He has started in just two games this year, both against Detroit. He has pitched seven innings and has five walks with three strikeouts while allowing 11 hits and six earned runs.
MLB Betting Trends
The Athletics have won Cahill’s last seven starts and they have won 20 of their last 28 road games against a right-handed starter.
The Twins are 2-9 in their last 11 against AL West opponents. However, they are 19-7 in their last 26 home games.
Cahill has been a big part of Oakland’s strong run as they have won his last seven starts. He has allowed two runs or less in four of his last six outings. I think he can navigate this Minnesota lineup, which isn’t terribly strong. Stewart hasn’t looked good in his minimal action this year and that was all against a poor-hitting Detroit team. Oakland should be able to jump on him early.
The Pick: Oakland Athletics -165