Minnesota Twins versus Oakland A’s (July 3)
Two of the top scoring teams in the league battle as the A’s host the Twins.
Kyle Gibson is set to start on the mound for the Twins and Tanner Anderson is the scheduled starting pitcher for the A’s.
Offensively, the Twins have pounded the baseball all season, having belted 157 home runs and average 5.7 runs per game.
Max Kepler and Eddie Rosario have both reached the 20-home run mark and have a combined 41 home runs and 113 RBI.
Adding to the power are CJ Cron (17 home runs, 52 RBI) and Nelson Cruz (16 home runs, 46 RBI).
Four other members of the Twins have reached double-digits in home runs.
The A’s are sixth in the American League in scoring, averaging a little over five runs per game.
Matt Chapman has hit 21 of the team’s 133 home runs.
Khris Davis and Matt Olsen complete a formidable power trio, having each hit 16 home runs.
Ramon Laureano has chipped in with 13 home runs, while Jurickson Profar has added 10, with 40 RBI.
On the mound, Kyle Gibson has been solid, posting an 8-4 record with an ERA of 4.21.
He’s struck out 88 in 87 2/3 innings, but has given up a relatively high 12 home runs.
Taylor Rodgers and Blake Parker each have 10 saves out of the bullpen, while posting a combined ERA of 2.89.
Two other frequently used relievers, Tyler Duffey and Matt Magill, have allowed 20 earned runs in 52 innings for an ERA of 3.46.
As a team, the Twins have allowed 4.3 runs per game.
Tanner Anderson has struggled so far this season in limited work. He’s 0-3 with a 7.13 ERA.
He’s been taken deep four times in only 17 2/3 innings, while allowing 21 hits.
The A’s bullpen has had mixed results. Yusmeiro Petit and Liam Hendricks have been outstanding, having pitched to a 1.96 ERA in 92 innings.
Lou Trivino and Joakim Soira have been heavily used, but have been ineffective.
They each have a ERA of 4.74 in 38 innings. As a team the A’s are allowing 4.4 runs per game.
The Twins should be able continue their power production against Anderson, who has allowed more then two home runs per nine innings.
Oakland won’t be as successful against Gibson, however they will likely approach or meet their season average in scoring.
Look for the Twins to hit Anderson hard and add a few insurance runs late.
Ill take the “over” on this game and go for the Twins to win on the road by a 7-4 score.