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Oakland Athletics host Minnesota Twins in baseball action

Minnesota Twins

Oakland Athletics
65-87 September 20, 2013, 10:05 PM | O.co Coliseum 90-63

The Oakland Athletics battle the visiting Minnesota Twins on Friday in MLB betting action at O.co Coliseum.

It's a pitching duel between Bartolo Colon for the Athletics (16-6 on the year) and Andrew Albers for Minnesota (2-3 so far).

View Minnesota Twins vs Oakland Athletics Odds and Stats.

Oakland was a -230 moneyline Favorite earlier in the day at BetOnline, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers at Sportsbook.ag settle on an opening over under number of 7.5.

This game matches up the No. 2 (Athletics) and the No. 29 (Twins) teams, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

Minnesota was an 8-6 loser in its last match on the road against the Athletics. They lost as +188 underdogs, while the total score of 14 made winners of OVER bettors. Minnesota didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 8-6 to Oakland on Thursday at O.co Coliseum.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Oakland's No. 5-rated offense, averaging 4.59 runs per game, against a Twins defense that ranks No. 29 at 4.74 in runs allowed per game. The Athletics have averaged 8.57 hits per game so far, more than Twins batters have averaged on the year (8.3 hits per game).

Defensively, Minnesota features the No. 25-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.51 runs per game. Oakland, meanwhile, comes in at No. 18 at home, scoring 4.13 runs per game.

A few Twins at Athletics trends to consider:
Minnesota is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games
Minnesota is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota's last 7 games on the road
Oakland is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Oakland's last 9 games
Oakland is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oakland's last 5 games at home

Next up:
Minnesota at Oakland, Saturday, September 21st