Minnesota Twins vs Oakland Athletics Picks and Predictions June 13th 2024

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Minnesota Twins
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Oakland Athletics
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Twins Open Series with A’s After Offensive Breakout

After a strong offensive display, the Minnesota Twins will begin a four-game series against the Oakland Athletics in Minneapolis on Thursday. The recent offensive outburst by the Twins has generated momentum that they aim to maintain in the upcoming games.

Record-Breaking Performance

Carlos Correa was the standout performer with his career-best five hits out of the Twins’ 24 in their 19-7 win against the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday. This marked Minnesota’s largest number of hits since June 13, 2017, when they gathered 28 hits in a 20-7 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

Team Enthusiasm

Reflecting the team’s high spirits, Royce Lewis said, “Let’s do it again (Thursday). I want 28. Let’s beat the (team) record. We had a great day today. That was fun.” Lewis, along with Willi Castro, homered during the game.
Both Carlos Santana and Kyle Farmer, as well as both players, had three-hit games, helping the Twins secure their third victory in four games. Santana contributed four RBIs, while each starter secured a hit and an RBI.

Manager’s Perspective

Twins manager Rocco Baldelli expressed his satisfaction with the team’s performance, stating, “This is the type of day that I think a lot of guys remember. You had a lot of guys have a lot of highlight swings and highlight collection of at-bats. … A lot of very positive young men leaving the ballpark today. Nice series win.”

Key Player Performances

In his last seven games, Carlos Correa has been particularly impressive, going 15-for-29 (.517) with one home run, six RBIs, and six runs. Carlos Santana has likewise been on a hot streak, with 11 hits, including three pairs and two homers, and 10 RBIs over his beyond eight challenges.

Pitching Matchup: Luis Medina vs. Joe Ryan

Luis Medina of Oakland with a 0-1 record and 5.23 ERA will take on Joe Ryan of Minnesota with a 4-5 record and 3.30 ERA in the first game. Medina, 25, had a subpar showing on Saturday in his second outing after being cleared to play from the injured list. He gave up six runs on five hits and five walks in 4 2/3 innings in a 7-0 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Oakland Manager’s Insight

Athletics manager Mark Kotsay acknowledged the ups and downs of young pitchers, noting that while Medina showed promise with a strong outing against Atlanta, he struggled with command against Toronto. “It’s part of the development,” Kotsay said. “These young pitchers can come out and throw a game like he did in Atlanta where he was crisp and pounding the zone with all his pitches for strikes. (On Saturday), he came out fighting his command and not confident out there with his ability to land and execute pitches.”

Medina’s Past Performance Against Twins

Medina had a solid performance in his lone career encounter against the Twins, yielding one run on three hits in six innings of a no-decision on Sept. 28, 2023.

Joe Ryan’s Recent Form

Joe Ryan, aged 28, plans to improve upon a strong showing despite experiencing a defeat in his previous match. He gave up two runs on two hits and fanned eight hitters in seven innings during a 3-0 defeat against the Pittsburgh Pirates. In his only game against the Athletics on July 16, 2023, Ryan gave up three runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings but did not secure a win.

Athletics’ Recent Struggles

The Athletics will aim to recover from losing a 5-4 game to the San Diego Padres on Wednesday, after letting go of a two-run lead in the eighth inning. The Athletics recorded 18 strikeouts as they suffered their fifth consecutive loss and their 11th defeat in the last 14 games.

Conclusion

The Twins enter the series against the Athletics with high morale following their recent offensive explosion. With key players like Carlos Correa and Carlos Santana in top form and solid pitching from Joe Ryan, Minnesota looks poised to continue their winning ways. Meanwhile, Oakland will aim to overcome their recent struggles and find stability in their pitching with Luis Medina on the mound.

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