Despite a phenomenal streak in July and a decently good run in August, Oakland is still trailing the teams who currently hold the two wildcards. It is not too late to overtake them and if things continue to go their way, even winning the division is possible. The series against Minnesota should help them make another step into the right direction as this is the worst team in the American League.
Bet: Oakland A’s Run Line -1,5
Odds: bet365 2.30
Sweeping the Indians in the previous series was fairly easy and against a team that won just once in the last ten games, there are no serious reasons to expect a struggle. Minnesota’s batting staff is virtually inexistent and neither Mauer or Morneau seem capable of producing enough runs of support these days. Add to this the catastrophic pitching and you’ve got a clear picture of what the Twins stand for in August, and a solid reason to look at this match as a rare opportunity of making money.
Another clean sweep for Oakland
Last time these two teams met, the Athletics emerged victorious and swept their opponent, despite the fact that the Twins were not in such a terrible form. Since then Minnesota dug itself deeper into the hole and is now almost certain that this team will finish the year as the worst squad in the American League. This doesn’t seem to bother the management, especially since there is a good part for finishing last in Major League Baseball. Drafting priority is huge and although other clubs might regard it as a pale consolation the Twins can find solace in it.
There will be no pitchers’ duel tonight because Brandon McCarthy is more than a match for Duensing and a simple glance at the stats will confirm this. Oakland’s starter won just 6 decisions out of 10 but has a compelling ERA of 2.68, while his opponent lost 8 decision this season and conceded almost five runs per game. McCarthy was the unlucky loser in the last two games because despite limiting the opponents at only 3 runs, his teammates didn’t provide adequate run support.
Backing the hosts is a common sense decision but the odds are not very attractive, at least not for a moneyline bet. Things change from good to better with Bet365 which offers odds of 2.30 for the A’s to cover the -1,5 runs spread and punters shouldn’t miss out on the opportunity. Each of Oakland’s last four victories came at two runs or more, and nobody will be surprised if the trend continues.