Minnesota Twins vs Oakland Athletics Picks and Predictions June 14th 2024

Minnesota Twins vs Oakland Athletics MLB Fri, Jun 14, 20:10 pm.
Minnesota Twins
ML: -185
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0
Oakland Athletics
ML: 150
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Carlos Correa is on Fire: Can He Keep the Twins Winning?

Carlos Correa is feeling reflective amid one of the hottest stretches of his career. The veteran shortstop has eight hits in his past two games and is batting an impressive .404 (21-for-52) with two homers and 16 RBIs over his past 13 games. Correa’s recent form has been a major boost for the Minnesota Twins, who are looking to maintain their momentum against the struggling Oakland Athletics.

“I’m glad it’s here with the Minnesota Twins,” Correa said. “Ever since I got here, they made me feel like I’m one of their own. I feel part of this big family already. I’m going to be here for a long time. It just feels right.”

Minnesota Twins’ Offensive Surge

Correa’s outstanding performance will be crucial as the Twins face the Athletics on Friday night in Minneapolis. The game marks the second in a four-game series, with the Twins having secured a 6-2 victory in the opener on Thursday. Twins manager Rocco Baldelli praised his hitters for their disciplined approach in the series opener, a strategy he wants to see continue.

“It was a good one,” Baldelli said. “The offensive at-bats that we had Thursday, everywhere we looked in the lineup, were thorough and pointed. They were good, disciplined at-bats. They made the opposing pitcher really work. We swung at good pitches and hit a lot of balls hard. I thought it was a very good day all the way around offensively.”

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Athletics Seek Offensive Consistency

The Athletics are in search of more consistent production at the plate, having lost six games in a row and been outscored 34-14 during that span. Despite the team’s struggles, 22-year-old first baseman Tyler Soderstrom has been a bright spot. Soderstrom clubbed a two-run homer in the series opener, marking his third home run in four games.

“(Minnesota’s Joe Ryan) kind of left one up in the middle and I put a good swing on it,” Soderstrom said. “I’m just trying to go day by day, enjoying being up here and enjoying the process. I put my head down and keep working hard.”

Athletics manager Mark Kotsay praised Soderstrom for his efforts. “The at-bats have been better,” Kotsay said. “He’s showing signs of maturity, signs of growth and becoming the hitter we know he can be.”

Pitching Matchup

Twins right-hander Simeon Woods Richardson (2-1, 2.84 ERA) will get the ball on Friday. He is looking to build upon a quality start in his most recent outing, where he allowed one run on six hits in 6 1/3 innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday. Woods Richardson, 23, has never faced the Athletics but has shown consistency with similar career results at home (1-0, 3.92 ERA) and on the road (1-2, 3.18 ERA).

Athletics right-hander Mitch Spence (4-3, 3.68 ERA) is set for his sixth start and 17th appearance of the season. Spence, coming off a quality start where he limited the Toronto Blue Jays to two runs on five hits in seven innings, will be facing the Twins for the first time in his career.

Home and Away Records

Minnesota holds a respectable 19-14 record at home, while Oakland struggles with an 11-25 record on the road, the third-worst away mark in the majors. This disparity highlights the Twins’ home advantage and the challenges the Athletics face when playing away games.

Conclusion

Carlos Correa’s recent hot streak has been a catalyst for the Twins’ success, and his continued performance will be key as they look to extend their winning ways against the Athletics. With solid pitching matchups and a focused approach at the plate, the Twins are well-positioned to capitalize on their home-field advantage. Meanwhile, the Athletics aim to find consistency and break their losing streak, with emerging talent like Tyler Soderstrom providing hope for the future.

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moneyline
over/under
Minnesota Twins
-1.5
105
-185
O 9
100
Oakland Athletics
+1.5
-125
150
U 9
-120
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