The Minnesota Twins (20-15, 14-21 RL, 13-19-3 O/U) and the Oakland Athletics (15-22, 18-19 RL, 13-20-4 O/U) open a three-game AL series on Monday night. The Twins will give the nod to Chris Archer who is seeking his first win. The A’s counter with Zach Logue. The Twins issued the road sweep against the A’s earlier this month.
Archer Targets First Win
Minnesota will have Chris Archer take the mound for the seventh time of the year to open the series. Archer had trouble in his latest effort, conceding five runs (four earned) in three innings against the Astros and was hit with the loss to dip to 0-1. The veteran right-hander hasn’t been efficient and is also on a pitch count. He has yet to pitch five innings in a start and enters with a 4.43 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP in 22.1 innings pitched. Archer has fared well against Oakland in his career, posting a 2.60 ERA in 17.1 innings.
Minnesota posted a decent 5-4 record on a long homestand and now embarks on a six-game road trip starting in this one. They own a .500 road record and stand atop the AL Central. The Twins collected two wins in three bouts against the Guardians this past weekend.
Jorge Polanco had a big series against Oakland last week, collecting fives hits in 11 bats along with three RBIs. The 28-year-old slugger has been the Twins’ best hitter, accumulating 20 RBIs and a .738 OPS. Polanco features a .950 OPS on the month. Carlos Correa remains out of action.
The Twins are scoring an average of 3.91 runs per game, landing them 20th overall. They have recorded a 3.34 team ERA, placing them fifth in the big leagues.
Logue Shines, A's Fall to Angels
The A’s will have Zach Logue on the hill to begin the series. Logue was flawless in his previous outing, tossing seven shutout innings against the Tigers, leading to his first win of the season. The rookie left-hander has been stellar, conceding only two runs in his 12 innings of work, resulting in a 1.35 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP to go with a 2-1 record. Earlier this month, he pitched against Minnesota and only gave up two runs in five innings.
Oakland won four of five games in Detroit prior to last weekend’s tough home series against the Angels. Oakland lost three of the four games to the Halos and was outscored by an 18-6 margin. They have only registered five home wins on the season.
The A’s are being patient with Cristian Pache. The 23-year-old was acquired late in the offseason and has a ton of potential. He is struggling in his first big league action, hitting .157 with eight RBIs and a .443 OPS. Pache is only 1 for 11 in three games against the Twins this year. Stephen Piscotty remains out of the lineup.
Oakland is a low-scoring team that is now averaging 3.40 runs, pegging them 28th in the big leagues. The pitching staff has accrued a 3.48 team ERA, good for ninth overall.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
The Minnesota Twins stand atop the AL Central and continue to shine at the plate. Oakland is a poor team that went on a nine-game losing streak earlier this month. The A’s are abysmal at home where they stand at 5-13 on the season.
Furthermore, the Twins already issued a three-game sweep against Oakland at the beginning of the month. Minnesota’s starter Chris Archer has contained the Athletics in his career, conceding only five runs in 17.1 innings of work. Archer has allowed two or fewer runs in five of his six outings.
Full-Game Total Pick
I am opting for the over here. The Twins have a lot of power and rank ninth in the Majors with 37 home runs. They have scored 25 runs in their last five road games and should be able to generate offense against A’s starter Zach Logue who lacks experience.
In addition, the A’s bats should contribute to this lower total a bit. They have plated four or more runs in four out of their last seven clashes. Chris Archer has squandered six runs in his last seven innings of work.