MLB Preview Oakland Athletics at Minnesota Twins: The Minnesota Twins (71-54, 1 GB) and the Chicago White Sox (72-53) are in the midst of a heated battle for the American League Central crown. After dropping the opener 2-3 to the A’s, Minnesota was able to bounce back in game 2 and blow the A's out 13-2. The rubber game of this series has a scheduled starting time of 1:10 PM ET from the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. At BodogLife.com, the Minnesota Twins are -280 betting odds favorites to win game 3 of this series against the visiting Oakland Athletics (+140).
This afternoon’s game 3 is very important for the Twins considering the Chicago White Sox have been playing very well as of late.
But more so, after this Wednesday matinee, the Twins will hit the road for a 14-day, 14-game west coast trip which include: the LA Angels, the Seattle Mariners, these Oakland A’s, and culminates in Toronto against the Blue Jays.
The pitching match up for this afternoon’s game, consist of two LHP going head-to-head.
For the visiting Oakland A’s, and making just his 6th start of the season will be Dallas Braden. The young lefty from Texas Tech comes in with a mark of 3-2, and an ERA of 4.50, along with 27 strikeouts, and 16 basses-on-balls, in 44 innings pitched.
For the Minnesota Twins, the young Dominican-born Francisco Liriano will be stepping on the rubber to make his 7th start. In 29 innings, Liriano has a 3-3 mark, and an ERA of 4.97. Liriano has been known for having some control issues, as his SO-to-BB ratio reflects, 22-20. The OVER/UNDER for this Oakland Athletics at Minnesota Twins MLB Preview has been set at a combined run total of 7.5.