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Baseball odds preview - Minnesota vs. Oakland

Minnesota Twins

Oakland Athletics
65-88 September 21, 2013, 04:05 PM | O.co Coliseum 91-63

Oakland will look to improve on its 91-63 record when take on Minnesota, a key part of the MLB odds lineup on Saturday.

Pedro Hernandez gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the Twins on this day; he's 3-1 on the season. The Athletics, meanwhile, will counter with Jarrod Parker, who will be looking to improve on his 11-7 mark.

View Minnesota Twins vs Oakland Athletics Odds and Stats.

On the MLB moneyline for this matchup, Oakland sat as -240 Favorite earlier in the day at Bovada. The total was set at 8, according to 5Dimes.

The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Athletics rated this week at No. 2 and the Twins sitting at No. 29.

Minnesota lost its last outing, a 11-0 result against the Athletics on September 20. Bettors who backed the Athletics at -208 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (11) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Minnesota was scored on plenty on Friday, falling behind early and watching runners cross the plate all game in a 11-0 loss to Oakland.

How They Match Up:
On offense, it's a battle between Oakland and its No. 4-rated batting order, averaging 4.64 runs per nine innings, against the No. 26 lineup of the Twins at 3.84 runs per outing.

Defensively, Minnesota features the No. 25-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.59 runs per game. Oakland, meanwhile, comes in at No. 18 at home, scoring 4.22 runs per game.

A few Twins at Athletics trends to consider:
Minnesota is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games
Oakland is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oakland's last 5 games

Next up:
Minnesota at Oakland, Sunday, September 22nd