Minnesota Twins vs Oakland A’s Series Preview
Minnesota Twins Trying to Outrun Their Demons, Stretch Win Streak to Four
We’ve seen four wins in a row once before during this season. After two months, you’d think a team that has two such winning streaks would have better than a 15-34 overall record. But we are what we are at point, ready to welcome June into the baseball calendar.
This four game streak seems more sustainable than the last. After the season-opening 9 game losing streak, you knew there would be a little bounce as soon as the Twins won their first game.
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Three out of the four wins were at Target Field, while three during this streak were on the road, all at Seattle…against quality pitching.
The Twins even exorcised some of their demons against Felix Hernandez, beating him for the first time since 2011. His ERA during the five starts against them since? 0.63. That it came in Pat Dean‘s first win as a major-leaguer was especially sweet.
Now, the Twins take their show down to the Bay, with three games against the Oakland A’s. Instead of facing a bevy of shutdown artists and former Cy Young winners, the Twins will face three starters with a combined record of 2-12, and the lowest ERA among the three being 5.36, which belongs to Memorial Day starter Kendall Graveman.
These are exactly the type of games the Twins need to add to their win total. But these types of games have been exactly when the Twins haven fallen short, either collecting too many strikeouts at the plate, or having a sub-par day on the mound. Fun fact, the Twins are 3-1 versus former Cy Young winners this year, losing only to Justin Verlander. The talent is there.
Memorial Day Game
Ervin Santana (1-3, 4.17 ERA) vs Kendall Graveman (1-6, 5.36 ERA)
3:05 CDT Oakland Coliseum
Tuesday Night Game
Tyler Duffey (2-3, 3.93 ERA) vs Eric Surkamp (0-3, 6.55 ERA)
9:05 CDT Oakland Coliseum
TV: FSN & MLB Network (Out of Network Only)
Wednesday Day Game
Pat Dean (1-1, 3.43 ERA) vs Sean Manaea (1-3, 7.03 ERA)
2:05 CDT Oakland Coliseum
TV: Fox Sports North
Next: Oakland Breakdown