Oakland A’s versus Minnesota Twins (July 20)
Two of the highest scoring teams in the American League face off Saturday, as the Twins host the A’s.
Brett Anderson is scheduled to take the mound for the A’s and Jose Berrios is set to make the start for the Twins.
Offensively, the A’s have averaged 5.2 runs per game this season, much due to the long ball.
The Matt’s, Chapman and Olson have combined to hit 42 home runs, while Ramon Laureano is on the verge of the 20 home run mark, having launched 19 this season.
All told, the A’s have seven players with at least 14 home runs and 159 for the season.
As good as the A’s have been offensively, the Twins have topped them.
All told, the Twins are hitting .271 with 177 home runs and 5.6 runs per game.
The power duo of Max Kepler and Eddie Rosario have done damage to opposing pitchers, combining to hit 44 home runs and 124 RBI.
C.J. Cron has added 18 and ten players on the Twins have reached double digits in home runs.
On the mound, Brett Anderson has done a solid job, posting a 9-5 record with a 3.79 ERA.
Not a strikeout pitcher, Anderson has fanned just 55 in 109 1/3 innings while allowing 11 home runs.
Out of the bullpen, Liam Hendricks has been extremely tough, posting a slim 1.22 ERA over 52 innings.
Yusmeiro Petit is also reliable with a 2.58 ERA in 53 1/3 innings.
Closer Blake Treinen is inconsistent and wild, having walked 25 with an ERA of 4.54 in 39 2/3 innings.
As a team the A’s are allowing 4.2 runs per game.
Jose Berrios has been the more dominant of the two starters. He enters the game with a record of 8-5 with a 3.10 ERA.
In 122 innings he’s struck out 110, but has allowed 15 home runs. If the Twins can get the ball to Taylor Rogers, they should be in great shape.
He’s struck out 56 and allowed only eight earned runs in 44 2/3 innings.
Ryne Harper (2.79 ERA) Blake Parker (3.44 ERA) and Trevor May (3.79 ERA) complete a solid unit that are allowing 4.4 runs per game.
The key to this game could be Anderson’s ability to keep the ball in the park.
Since he isn’t a strikeout pitcher, the Twins should put many balls in play and mistakes by Anderson could be costly.
Berrios could rack up the strikeouts but still get hurt as well, considering his tendency to allow the home run ball.
This will be a higher scoring game than most would expect, considering the pitching match up.
Look for the Twins to prevail at home, take the over and a 7-5 final score.