Oakland Athletics at Minnesota Twins - 5/8/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Oakland Athletics at Minnesota Twins - 5/8/22 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Twins (17-11) vs Oakland Athletics (10-17)

Game Info: Sunday, May 8, 2022 at 2:10 pm (Target Field)

Chris Paddack (1-2) (3.15) vs Daulton Jefferies (1-4) (4.81)

Betting Odds: Minnesota Twins -195 / Oakland Athletics +160 --- Over/Under: 7 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Oakland Athletics will play the Minnesota Twins in Game 3 of their series at Target Field on Sunday afternoon.

The Oakland Athletics are 10-17 this season and have lost eight games in a row. Oakland has lost both games of the series so far, by scores of 2-1 and 1-0. The Oakland pitching staff has a 3.79 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP, and a .237 opponent batting average this season. The Athletics offense has scored 93 runs with a .200 batting average and a .265 on base percentage. Sheldon Neuse is batting .307 with two home runs and 14 RBI’s for the Athletics this season. The projected starter for Oakland is Chris Paddack, who is 1-2 with 3.15 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP over 20 innings pitched this season.

The Minnesota Twins are 17-11 this season and have won six of their last eight games. Prior to this series, Minnesota split a four game set with the Baltimore Orioles. The Minnesota pitching staff has a 3.11 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP, and a .221 opponent batting average. The Twins offense has scored 113 runs with a .236 batting average and a .317 on base percentage this year. Byron Buxton is batting .278 with nine home runs and 17 RBI’s for the Twins this season. The projected starter for Minnesota is Daulton Jefferies, who is 1-4 this season with a 4.81 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP over 24.1 innings pitched this season.

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Oakland has really struggled over their last eight games and will try to change their luck with Jefferies on the mound. Minnesota is playing pretty well right now and is in first place in the AL Central. Paddack has had back-to-back starts only allowing one earned run per game. Jefferies has allowed 11 runs in his last two starts, which have lasted a combined nine innings. The Twins also have the edge in hitting, where they have scored 20 more runs than the Athletics. All the way around, this matchup really leans towards Minnesota. I like the Twins a lot in this spot and am taking them to win by at least two.

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