Twins vs. Athletics Prediction, Betting Tips & Picks 5/8/2022

by | May 7, 2022

The Oakland Athletics (10-17) will try to end their eight-game losing streak when they visit the Minnesota Twins (17-11) on Sunday at 2:10 PM ET. Oddsmakers consider the Twins to be -180 favorites for the contest, while the Athletics are +158 underdogs looking for the upset. Chris Paddack will get the ball for Minnesota while Oakland counter with Daulton Jefferies.

Twins vs. Athletics Spread and Betting Line

Twins vs Athletics Betting Information
Favorite Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds
Twins -180 +158 7 +100 -120 -1.5 +120 -140

Computer Predictions for Twins vs. Athletics

Our computer pick: Oakland Athletics (+158) and Over (7)

Twins vs. Athletics Game Info

  • Minnesota Twins probable starting pitcher: Chris Paddack
  • Oakland Athletics probable starting pitcher: Daulton Jefferies
  • Game Day: Sunday, May 8, 2022
  • Game Time: 2:10 PM ET
  • Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Stadium: Target Field

Minnesota Twins vs Oakland Athletics Pitching Matchup

Paddack Jefferies
4 GS 5
1-2 W-L 1-4
3.15 ERA 4.81
20.0 IP 24.1
2 BB 5
16 SO 16

Twins Starter Chris Paddack

  • The Twins are sending Paddack (1-2) to the mound for his fifth start of the season. He is 1-2 with a 3.15 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 20 innings pitched.
  • In his last time out on Monday, the righty threw 5 1/3 innings against the Baltimore Orioles, giving up one earned run while surrendering four hits.
  • In four games this season, the 26-year-old has an ERA of 3.15, with 7.2 strikeouts per nine innings. Opponents are hitting .263 against him.
  • Paddack will try to build upon a four-game streak of lasting five or more innings (he’s averaging 5.0 innings per appearance).
  • The opposing Athletics offense has the 29th-ranked slugging percentage (.317) and is 22nd in MLB play with 19 home runs. It has a collective .200 batting average, and is 26th in MLB with 175 total hits and 23rd in MLB action scoring 93 runs.

Athletics Starter Daulton Jefferies

  • The Athletics’ Jefferies (1-4) will make his sixth start of the season.
  • The right-hander’s last start was on Tuesday, when he tossed five innings while giving up six earned runs on 11 hits in a matchup with the Tampa Bay Rays.
  • The 26-year-old has pitched in five games this season with an ERA of 4.81 and 5.9 strikeouts per nine innings, with an opponent batting average of .276.
  • He has one quality starts in five chances this season.
  • Jefferies has three starts of five or more innings this season in five chances. He averages 4.3 innings per outing.
  • The Twins rank 13th in MLB with 113 runs scored this season. They have a .236 batting average this campaign with 30 home runs (seventh in the league).

Twins Betting Picks & Insights

  • The Twins have won 11, or 64.7%, of the 17 games they’ve played as favorites this season.
  • Minnesota has entered three games this season favored by -180 or more, and won each of those games.
  • Sportsbooks have implied with the moneyline set for this matchup that the Twins have a 64.3% chance to win.
  • Minnesota and its opponents have hit the over in 11 of their 28 games with a total this season.
  • The Twins are 12-16-0 against the spread in their 28 chances this season.

Athletics Betting Picks & Insights

  • The Athletics have been underdogs in 21 games this season and have come away with the win seven times (33.3%) in those contests.
  • Oakland has a mark of 5-8 in contests where bookmakers favor them by +158 or worse on the moneyline.
  • Sportsbooks have implied with the moneyline set for this matchup that the Athletics have a 38.8% chance of pulling out a win.
  • Oakland and their opponents have gone over in 12 of their 27 games with a total set by sportsbooks this season.
  • The Athletics have an against the spread mark of 13-14-0 in 27 games with a line this season.

Twins Leaders & Batting Stats

  • Byron Buxton is the Twins best power hitter, launching nine home runs this season in addition to collecting 17 RBI, both team highs.
  • Max Kepler is batting .244 with three doubles, five home runs and 13 walks.
  • Kepler is 24th in homers in baseball, and 65th in RBI.
  • Jorge Polanco is hitting .232 with six doubles, three home runs and 14 walks.
  • Polanco is on an eight-game hitting streak entering this contest. In his last 10 outings he is batting .316 with four doubles, a home run, three walks and seven RBI.
  • Carlos Correa has a club-best .255 batting average.
Byron Buxton 19 .278 .342 .722 9 17 20
Max Kepler 27 .244 .356 .453 5 12 21
Jorge Polanco 27 .232 .325 .384 3 15 23
Carlos Correa 24 .255 .320 .372 2 11 24
Gio Urshela 25 .241 .311 .304 1 6 19

Athletics Leaders & Batting Stats

  • Sheldon Neuse paces the Athletics with a .307 batting average.
  • In all of the big leagues, Neuse is 106th in home runs and 42nd in RBI.
  • Neuse carries a two-game hitting streak into this matchup. In his last five games he is hitting .238 with a double and an RBI.
  • Sean Murphy has been a reliable source of runs this year, leading the lineup with four home runs and 15 RBI.
  • Murphy is 35th in homers and 30th in RBI among all hitters in the majors.
  • Elvis Andrus has five doubles, a home run and nine walks while batting .193.
  • Tony Kemp is batting .216 with two doubles and nine walks.
Sheldon Neuse 25 .307 .365 .420 2 14 27
Sean Murphy 26 .200 .267 .421 4 15 19
Elvis Andrus 25 .193 .280 .289 1 3 16
Tony Kemp 25 .216 .293 .239 0 3 19
Seth Brown 26 .167 .250 .321 2 13 13

Betting Tips for Twins vs. Athletics

Our best bet is the Athletics on the moneyline at +158 after analyzing all of the key stats and trends for this matchup. Our computer projects the scoring will over the total of 7 runs.

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