The Athletics make the trip to Minnesota to face the Twins! The Athletics have struggled a lot this season, while the Twins are competing for a playoff spot. They enter the series spiraling, while the Twins have been hot recently and won the first game in this series easily. Our MLB odds series has our Athletics-Twins prediction, odds, and pick for Saturday.

Athletics-Twins Projected Starters 

Joey Estes vs. Bailey Ober

Joey Estes (2-2) with a 4.78 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP

Last Start: Pitched five innings and gave up three runs on eight hits with two walks and three strikeouts in an Athletics loss.

2024 Road Splits: (1-2) 6.27 ERA

Bailey Ober (5-4) with a 5.13 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP

Last Start: Pitched 4.2 innings and gave up four runs on seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts in a Twins win.

2024 Home Splits: (2-1) 4.15 ERA

Here are the MLB Odds, courtesy of FanDuel. 

MLB Odds: Athletics-Twins Odds

Oakland Athletics: +1.5 (-140)

Moneyline: +154

Minnesota Twins: -1.5 (+116)

Moneyline: -184

Over: 7.5 (-115)

Under: 7.5 (-105)

How to Watch Athletics vs. Twins

Time: 2:10 pm ET

TV: Bally Sports North / NBC Sports California

Stream: fuboTV (Click for free trial)

Why The Athletics Will Cover The Spread/Win

The Athletics have struggled this season to a 26-45 record. They have lost six straight heading into this game. The Athletics have struggled behind the plate and their pitching has not been much better, still ranking near the bottom of the MLB. JJ Bleday, Abraham Toro, Shea Langeliers, and Brent Rooker stand out despite the offense struggling. On the mound, Paul Blackburn, JP Sears, and Mitch Spence have been decent despite the staff struggling on the mound. The Athletics are not the disaster they were last season but that's not saying much.

The Athletics are starting Joey Estes on the mound and he has a 2-2 record, a 4.78 ERA, and a 1.13 WHIP. He has allowed 17 runs on 28 hits through 32 innings this season. In the six games that he has started this season, the Athletics are 3-3 in those games. Estes has struggled in a limited capacity on the mound this season. The Twins have a below-average offense, so it could be a favorable matchup for him despite his struggles.

The offense for the Athletics has been awful and is the second-worst in the MLB this season. They are 29th in the MLB in team batting average at .221 after finishing at .223 last season which was the worst in the league. Abraham Toro and Brent Rooker lead the team in most batting categories. Rooker leads in home runs at 13, in RBI at 40, and in OBP at .34o. Toro then leads in batting average at .262 and in total hits at 69. They get a favorable matchup against Bailey Ober on the mound for the Twins because he has struggled overall.

Why The Twins Will Cover The Spread/Win

The Twins are 37-32 and have won four out of their last five games. The Twins are around the middle of the pack and are slightly better with their pitching. Alex Kirilloff, Edouard Julien, Byron Buxton, Willi Castro, Carlos Santana, and Ryan Jeffers are some notable names on this Minnesota offense despite the struggles. On the mound, Joe Ryan and Simeon Woods Richardson are the names to watch despite the struggles they have dealt with there as a staff.

The Twins are starting Bailey Ober on the mound where he has a 5-4 record, a 5.13 ERA, and a 1.19 WHIP. He has allowed 38 runs on 61 hits with 18 walks and 65 strikeouts through 66.2 innings. The Twins are 6-7 in the 13 games that he's started so far this season. Bailey Ober has struggled a lot on the mound this season, but the matchup here is more favorable because the Athletics have struggled across the board behind the plate.

The offense for the Twins has been around the middle of the pack this season. They have jumped all over the place in the rankings but are 17th in the MLB in team batting average at .239 after having a .243 last season. Willi Castro and Ryan Jeffers lead the way for the Twins in most of their batting categories. Castro leads the way in batting average at .254, in OBP at .346, and in total hits at 59. Jeffers then leads the way in home runs at 12 and RBI at 36. This is an interesting matchup against Joey Estes for the Athletics at pitcher because he has been limited, but has struggled when he has started on the mound. This offense is not amazing, so he could play well, but it is not a sure thing.

Final Athletics-Twins Prediction & Pick

The Athletics are spiraling and are not playing well. This is a close matchup at pitcher, but the Twins have the offense to take advantage, while the Athletics don't. Expect the Twins to win and cover easily at home because of all of the struggles by the Athletics.

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Final Athletics-Twins Prediction & Pick: Twins -1.5 (+116)