The Twins have been solid at home this season and they look like the team to beat in the American League Central. They are favored in MLB betting odds in this Saturday matchup vs. the A’s.
Baseball betting odds favor the Twins on Saturday but the A’s are capable of winning since they are schedule to have Trevor Cahill on the mound. He is 12-4 on the season with a 2.56 ERA. He is 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA in his past three starts. He has gone 1-0 in this career against the Twins with a 3.15 ERA.
The Twins send Brian Duensing to the mound on Saturday. He is 5-1 with a 2.27 ERA. He allowed four runs on nine hits with no walks and three strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings in his last start against the Indians. Since moving into the starting rotation he has been very good for the Twins as he is 2-0 with a 3.33 ERA in four starts. He is 1-0 in his career against the A’s with a 2.19 ERA.
Before yesterday’s game, the A’s and Twins had split their last 20 meetings. The teams met in early June in Oakland and the Twins won two of three. Each of the three games was decided by a single run with two of the three games going over the total. Last season when the teams played at Minnesota the A’s took two of three.
The A’s have been solid at home but they have struggled on the road vs. the MLB betting odds. Oakland simply has not won enough games away from home and that is why they are not going to make the playoffs. The A’s have the sixth best ERA in the league but their offense is well below average.
The Twins are 5th in the league in offense and their pitching is just outside the top ten in the league. Minnesota has the type of numbers that a playoff team has and if their pitching can continue to improve they should win the American League Central.