Category: Baseball

Twins vs Athletics Prediction

The Troubled Twins Duel the Surging Athletics
The Twins will host the second game against the Oakland Athletics in a three-game series. Minnesota has been off to a dreadful start with a losing record of 12-24. Meanwhile, the Athletics are 24-16 on the year and hold the number 1 spot in the AL West.
This matchup will be held in Minnesota, where it will be about 64 degrees outside and one mile per hour winds. It will be nationally televised on Fox Sports 1 at 4:05 P.M. on Saturday evening.
The Athletics have been extremely good on the road this year, winning 11 games versus losing 5. The Twins have been equally bad this year at home and on the road. They are 6-12 in both circumstances.
The Minnesota Twins will search for answers in hopes of ending their 5 game losing skid. The Athletics will continue to play fundamental baseball and try to secure their sixth win in 8 games. Cole Irvin is taking the mound for the A’s, and Jose Berrios will be pitching for the Twins.
The Twins Need To Find Different Ways to Win
When you look at the Twins batting order and pitching staff on the stat sheet, you would probably guess they have a winning record. Surprisingly, you would be incorrect. The Twins have been in a drought all year long and have the talent and pieces to work with, but haven’t been able to pull out many victories.
They are currently 12-24, good for last in the AL Central. On offense, the Twins are exactly 9th in the MLB in runs, hits, average, and home runs. That is in the top third percent of the entire majors, but they haven’t been able to produce their runs at the right time.
The pitching staff has been subpar this year, ranking in the bottom half of all major statistical categories. Jose Berrios will be throwing tonight, as he has had a decent season with a 3.49 ERA and a 3-2 record. The righty was able to throw six hitless innings back in the beginning of April.
As for the offense, the Twins have been pretty consistent overall. Last night, Josh Donaldson blasted a solo bomb for the Twins only run of the night. So far, Max Kepler and Miguel Sano have been the rough spots for the twins, each batting .200 or below.
Nelson Cruz has been solid with an average of .286 and 9 home runs. First baseman Wellington Astudillo has been hitting .316 this season and has been a pleasant surprise. The Twins will continue to be without star player Byron Buxton tonight as he waits on the 10-day injured list with a hip strain.
The Athletics Continue to Play Great Overall Baseball
The Oakland Athletics always seem to be a surprise to me every year. They are always able to be at the top of the standings, even without any big names rostered. The A’s are 6-4 in their last 10 and have played solid, steady baseball.
Against the Twins Friday night, they smashed 4 […]

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Flashback Friday: The 2006 Florida Marlins Flashback

2006 Florida Marlins Flashback: The Florida Marlins won World Series titles in both 1997 and 2003. They missed the playoffs every year in between, but managed to still win the title both times. It took another few years before they had a story worth telling, becoming a team that people again wanted to watch. The […]
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Red Sox vs Angels Prediction

Last Seeded Angels Face Off Against First Seeded Red Sox for Three-Game Series
The Los Angeles Angels will travel up to Boston and battle the Red Sox for three games. The first matchup will see Griffin Canning for the Angels and Nick Pivetta for the Red Sox. Each pitcher has been consistent for their respective ball clubs.
Both teams have been extremely consistent offensively. Boston owns the third-best batting average in the league at .258, and the Angels are right behind with a 2.54 batting average, good for fourth in the majors.
Boston has dropped their past three games before getting a win against the A’s Thursday night, and the Angels lost 2 out of 3 games to the Astros. Each team needs to secure a win Friday night.
Los Angeles Angels Pitching Staff Struggling Mightily
The Los Angeles Angels are 3-7 in their last ten games and have lost their past two outings. Their overall play has not been consistent all year and needs to be better if they want to compete with the AL East leader Boston Red Sox for three straight games.
The Angels have been the worst pitching team in the league, with a team ERA of 5.23. They’re still looking for a true number one starter, and that could potentially be Griffin Canning. Canning has been pitching great the past two games, only allowing 2 runs in 11 innings.
Mike Trout was out of the lineup on Wednesday and was probably a big reason why they were only able to score 1 run. Mike Trout has been, well, Mike Trout and is third in all of baseball in batting average at .355. Shohei Ohtani has also been incredible all year long, launching 10 long-balls so far.
The Angels will need to get the bats going against Pivetta and the fiery Red Sox offense, or it could be a long night. They have drawn lots of attention with the release of Albert Pujols lately. They need to start winning games to prove if that was the right decision or not.
The Red Sox Offense Has Been Phenomenal
The Boston Red Sox come into the series leading the AL East with a record of 23-16, good for second best in all of the majors. Boston’s offense is just coming off of a game in which they scored 8 runs. They lit up Sean Manea of the Oakland Athletics for 7 runs in the first two innings.
J.D. Martinez and Xander Bogaerts continue their hot start to this season with three hits apiece. Bogaerts cranked a 2-run in the first-inning homer in the first inning to get things going for the Sox. Bobby Dalbec was also able to contribute with a two-run homer as well.
The opposing pitcher, Griffin Canning, is going for his third straight win, so we will see if Boston’s offense is able to continue playing great. Rafael Devers will be ready to see a right-handed pitcher after going 0-4 against lefty Manea yesterday.
Nick Pivetta has been Boston’s ace this year, with a record of 5-0 and […]

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