Minnesota Twins vs. Oakland A’s Series Preview


Good luck, boys. That’s my message of inspiration for the Minnesota Twins as they head to Oakland for a four-game set. The Twins get the honor of missing Sonny Gray, but the rest of the Oakland rotation is, of course, stacked.

The Twins get freshly acquired Jon Lester tonight (Thursday), Scott Kazmir on Friday, Jeff Samardzija on Saturday and Jason Hammel on Sunday afternoon. In contrast, the Twins haven’t even announced who they’ll start on Saturday.

Tonight the Twins have Yohan Pino on the mound followed by Kyle Gibson, the open slot and Phil Hughes to round out the series.

Twins players to look for offensively will be Trevor Plouffe who has been pretty hot the last couple of games and Kennys Vargas. The series also gives the Twins to see a familiar face with Sam Fuld now being back in the Oakland dugout.

It’s possible that the return from the Fuld trade, Tommy Milone, could be the mystery starter for Saturday. UPDATE: No he couldn’t, Collin. He wouldn’t have enough rest. To that I say that is correct and I got my days screwed up. Bring on an even better option.

The thing about this series is that it’s a total mismatch. It’s probably not wise to ever predict a series sweep in baseball, but if any team could do it, especially over the Minnesota Twins, the Oakland A’s would be prime candidates.

Oakland is a lock for the playoffs, it’s just a matter of seeing what they do once they get to the palyoffs.