Oakland Athletics vs Minnesota Twins Picks and Predictions June 22nd 2024

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Old Rivals Face Off Again as A’s Host Twins

A longstanding rivalry, dating back to college days, reignites on Saturday afternoon as Minnesota Twins right-hander Bailey Ober and Oakland Athletics left-hander JP Sears duel for the second time in seven days. This rematch moves to California, promising another intense showdown.

With a thrilling victory on Friday night, the A’s took an early lead in their series against the Twins. Oakland won 6-5 thanks to a two-run home run by Shea Langeliers off Jhoan Duran in the eighth inning.

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Langeliers’ pivotal moment came after Tyler Soderstrom was hit by a pitch, an incident that could have seen him leave the game. However, A’s manager Mark Kotsay had a strategy in place.

Strategic Decisions Pay Off

Kotsay’s approach to the game was evident in his decision to keep Soderstrom in against left-handed pitching. He explained, “We’ve said they would see more opportunities to stay in games and start games against left-handed pitching, which Tyler has.”

When Soderstrom hit a two-run double in the fifth inning against Twins lefty reliever Kody Funderburk, Oakland took a 3-1 lead. This tactical move paid off. Kotsay remarked, “That was a great at-bat for us at that moment,” as he reflected on the event.

Historical Rivalry Revisited

The rivalry between Ober and Sears has deep roots, dating back to their college days. Their first significant face-off was in March 2017, during a game between The Citadel and College of Charleston, two South Carolina rivals. In that game, Sears delivered an impressive performance for Citadel with seven shutout innings and 15 strikeouts, though Charleston ultimately rallied to win 3-2.

Sears later edged out Ober off the field by being picked in the 11th round of the MLB draft by the Seattle Mariners. Ober, a North Carolina native, was selected a round later by the Twins.

Recent Performances

In their most memorable MLB duel last Sunday, Ober beat Singes, holding the A’s to one run and six hits more than 6 1/3 innings in a 6-2 Twins triumph. With a respectable 0.79 ERA in 11 1/3 innings, Ober has a strong record against the A’s, winning both of his career contests.

Ober’s season has seen him succeed against groups with losing records, flaunting a 6-0 record and a 2.64 Period in eight excursions. On the other hand, he has a 0-4 record and an 8.88 ERA against teams that are at least.500. He struggles against stronger teams.

The A’s, currently at 29-49, and the Twins, at 41-35, provide a context for this performance disparity.

Sears’ Challenge

Sears, meanwhile, has had mixed results, with a 4-0 record and a 2.31 ERA against teams under .500, but a 0-6 record and a 5.66 ERA against stronger teams. His recent outing against the Twins saw him give up four runs and nine hits over 4 1/3 innings, including three home runs—two to Carlos Correa and one to Royce Lewis.

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Sears has struggled against the Twins in general, with a 5.91 ERA in two career starts. However, the rematch could offer a chance for redemption.

Potential Lineup Changes

The Twins out-hit the A’s 10-9 on Friday, suggesting a competitive edge. Manager Rocco Baldelli’s lineup adjustments, potentially bringing in regulars like Byron Buxton and Max Kepler, who missed the series opener, could make a significant impact.

“Our lineup, up and down, is doing nice work, we have a lot of guys who are swinging the bats good and we can’t get all of them in the lineup every day. It’s a really interesting, good thing for us.”

Rocco Baldelli


As the A’s and Twins prepare for another showdown, the historical rivalry between Ober and Sears adds an extra layer of intrigue. With strategic decisions and potential lineup changes in play, Saturday’s game promises to be a thrilling continuation of this ongoing duel. The outcome remains uncertain, but one thing is clear: the rivalry is alive and well.

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