*10* MLB TOTAL OF THE WEEK (Power Sports) ~ PERFECT 4-0 the L4 Wks!
Minnesota vs. Oakland,
07/04/2019 16:07 EDT,
Score: 2 - 7
Total: -116/+9½ Under
10* Under Twins/A's (4:10 ET): Despite going 12 innings, last night's game between the Twins and Athletics still found a way to stay Under the total. Oakland struck first w/ three runs in the bottom of the second, but would not score again and Minnesota rallied w/ a run scored in the 6th, 7th and 8th innings. Though the Twins are accustomed to winning in a more high-scoring fashion, I sense that today's game will be another low-scoring battle as they send Jose Berrios to the hill. After their four-game win streak was snapped last night, Oakland should start to slow down at the plate. Take the Under.
Speaking of slowing down at the plate, that's what I'm expecting from the Twins moving forward, at least on the road. They still lead the league at 6.3 rpg scored away from home, but they've already come up short of that number in four of the five games played on the current trip. Scoring that many runs per game on the road is simply unsustainable. For evidence of that, note that no team averaged more than 5.4 rpg on the road last season. While the A's are sending out the winless Tyler Anderson to the mound today, they normally do a good job of preventing runs at home. Visitors are averaging just 4.0 rpg here.
Berrios is heading to the All-Star Game for Minnesota, just one of two Twins that made it despite the team's excellent overall record. It was a rough start for Berrios his last time out, but he should bounce back here. Prior to that last start (where three of the six runs allowed were unearned), Berrios had delivered five consecutive quality outings. He's gone at least six innings while allowing 3 ER or less 14 times this season. He comes in w/ a 2.89 ERA and 1.08 WHIP. Both are top eight among all AL starters. 10* Under Twins/A's