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Twins vs Athletics Baseball Game Preview

Minnesota TwinsOakland Athletics
July 29, 10:05 PM | GrassOverstock.com Coliseum

Minnesota Twins vs Oakland Athletics Odds

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The Minnesota Twins will look to grab a road win when they take on the Athletics in Oakland at Overstock.com Coliseum on Friday in baseball odds action.

Minnesota puts its faith in starter Francisco Liriano to earn a win and boost his personal mark of 6-8. Getting the ball for the Athletics is Gio Gonzalez, who owns a 9-7 record on the season with a 2.67 ERA.

View Minnesota vs Oakland Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're going with the Athletics in this one, they're listed as moneyline favorites of -145 on most baseball betting menus for Monday's contest.

Power Rankings:
The Athletics sit at No. 4 in the American League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Twins sit at an American League No. 14 on the same chart.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Oakland's American League No. 13-ranked scoring average of 3.8 runs per game, against a Twins offense rated No. 11 and scoring 3.9 runs per game in the league. The Athletics have averaged 8.2 hits per game to date this season, less than the Twins hitters have managed (8.5 per nine innings).

Defensively, Minnesota features the American League's No. 12-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.7 runs per game. Oakland, meanwhile, comes in at No. 9 in the American League at home, scoring 4.2 runs per game.

Last time out for Minnesota, they were a 4-1 loser as they battled the Rangers on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Rangers at -162 were rewarded, while the 5 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Minnesota looks to rebound from a loss to the Rangers, who beat them 4-1 on Thursday behind a start from Matt Harrison at Rangers Ballpark.

The Athletics were a 10-8 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Rays. That made winners of bettors who got Tampa Bay at +112 on the moneyline, while the total score (18) was good news for OVER bettors. The Athletics endured a 10-8 loss at the hands of the Rays on Thursday, with Rich Harden throwing 6 innings of 3-hit ball at Overstock.com Coliseum.

Minnesota Twins Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Oakland are 7-3
After playing Texas are 8-2
After a loss are 7-3

Oakland Athletics Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Minnesota are 4-6
After playing Tampa Bay are 7-3
After a loss are 6-4

A few Twins at Athletics trends to consider:
Minnesota is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Oakland
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Minnesota's last 11 games when playing Oakland
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games
Minnesota is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games when playing Oakland
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oakland's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oakland's last 5 games at home
Oakland is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Oakland's last 11 games when playing Minnesota

Next up:
Minnesota at Oakland, Saturday, July 30