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Gray Set To Make Season Debut For A’s

The Oakland Athletics’ starting rotation has been solid so far this season but should receive a big boost from a returning Sonny Gray on Tuesday. Gray has cruised in his two rehab starts in Stockton, as the righty allowed just three hits with a 13/0 K/BB ratio across 11.0 innings of work. Gray will need to be on his game when he faces the Minnesota Twins and their staff ace Ervin Santana.

Shark Bites
  • Ervin Santana is 16-7 with a 2.00 ERA in 31 career appearances against the Athletics.
  • The visiting team is 1-7 SU in the last 8 games between the Athletics and Twins.
  • The Athletics are 1-6 SU in their last 7 games.

Santana has arguably been the best pitcher in baseball so far this young season. The veteran right-hander has given up just three runs through his first five starts. Santana has actually gotten better the more he has faced his opposition as well, with the pitcher holding opponents to a .071 batting average and a .161 on-base percentage the third time through the lineup.

The A’s most consistent bat belongs to Jed Lowrie, who is batting .341 with eight runs in the past 10 games. However, Lowrie is just 4-for-18 with five strikeouts in his career against Santana. The Twins have sported amazing discipline at the plate with the second-most walks in the MLB, which has pushed them to a .331 OBP. Five different Minnesota players have been walked at least 10 times this season, which includes Robbie Grossman recording more walks than strikeouts.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The visiting Oakland Athletics were 115 moneyline underdogs in this one earlier in the day at most online sportsbooks including Bovada. The total was 8 at Bet365 for those preferring over under betting.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 5.0-3.7 result in favor of the Twins. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Oakland Athletics vs Minnesota Twins Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

12-11 Minnesota battles the Athletics, currently with a 11-14 mark. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Minnesota vs Oakland injuries news.

The Minnesota Twins vs Oakland Athletics odds would favor the Twins if the betting lines were set according to our power ranks. Minnesota is rated No. 18 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Oakland is at No. 24.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Minnesota Twins No. 18-rated offense, averaging 4.39 runs per game, against a Oakland Athletics defense that ranks No. 21 at 4.68 in runs allowed per game. The Minnesota Twins have averaged 8.04 hits per game so far, more than Oakland Athletics batters have averaged on the year (7.48 hits per game).

Oakland brings the No. 21-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Twins's No. 10-ranked defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Betting Trends
  • Oakland is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
  • Oakland is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
  • Oakland is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Minnesota
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oakland's last 6 games when playing Minnesota
  • Minnesota is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Minnesota is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games
  • Minnesota is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Oakland at Minnesota, Wednesday, May 3rd