by GT Staff | Oakland A’s at Minnesota Twins (-135, 8): The A’s send their new ace – now that they have traded Dan Haren and Rich Harden – Justin Duchscherer (10-8, 2.59 ERA), to the mound against a Twins team fighting with Chicago in the AL Central. Minnesota will give the pill to right-hander Nick Blackburn, who has never faced Oakland.
On the other hand, although this is Duchsherer’s first start against the Twinkies, he is 0-2 lifetime with a 4.73 ERA against them. The strongest stat to think about entering this contest is the A’s inability to score runs. Since the All-Star break, Oakland has failed to win two games in a row, has gone an abysmal 5-23 and has averaged a paltry 2.79 RPG. Talk about ugly…
With the Pale Hose hosting the lowly M’s (46-77) tonight, the Twins know they probably won’t gain ground on Chicago so simply holding serve at this crucial point of the season becomes crucial. Plus, still trailing the BoSox in the Wild Card race is a concern for the Twins who may just catch them this week the way they have been playing lately (8-3 L11, won four straight, 15 of 21).
So despite one team putting its ace up against one of the lesser pitchers on the opponent’s staff, it’s still advised to simply take the better team whose season is still alive up against a team that put up just a total of two runs on Saturday and Sunday. TWINS -135.
PICK 4: Mets-Brewers-Twins-White Sox