Baltimore Orioles (24-59) vs Minnesota Twins (35-46)Date : 07/05/2018
Time : 8:10 PM ET
Location : Target Center
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Baltimore Orioles vs Minnesota Twins
The Twins will welcome the Orioles to Target Center as the two teams will go head to head in a four-game series starting on Thursday. The Twins are 3rd in the AL Central while the Orioles are in the last place of the AL East division. This will be their 2nd meeting of the season, the last time these two played the Twins won on the road 2-1.
Game 1&2: 8:10 PM ET
Game 3&4: 2:10 PM ET
Baltimore Orioles's Latest Performance :
The Orioles are currently on a 6 game road trip as they will get ready to take on the Twins in a 4 game set. The O’s are in the last place of the AL East with a record of 24-59 they are only 12-30 when playing on the road this season. Although they were able to pick up a surprising win at home over the Angels in the rubber game to avoid the sweep. They are hoping to replicate their home performance against the Angels on the road against the Twins. Coming into this series the Orioles are 29th in batting with 305 runs scored this season and 28th in pitching with a 4.85 ERA. The O’s are currently in full rebuilding mode.
Player to watch in this series: Manny Machado, he went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI in a win over the Angels on Sunday. Both RBI came on his two-run shot off of Deck McGuire in the fourth inning. He also singled to help raise his average to .310 on the season. Machado also now has a .941 OPS and 59 RBI with 21 homers over 82 games. He is rumored to be traded to the D-Backs or the Dodgers before the trade deadline.
- RBIs: Manny Machado (59)
- Homers: Manny Machado (21)
- Batting Average: Manny Machado (.310)
Probable Pitchers for this series:
Game 1: Andrew Cashner, he allowed just one run in six innings but did not factor into the decision against the Angels on Saturday. He is 2-8 with a 4.48 ERA and 1.57 WHIP in 16 starts. He will take the mound for the Orioles in the series opener against the Twins.
Game 2: Dylan Bundy, he will return from his ankle injury to pitch for the Orioles in game 2, He posted a 1.98 ERA in four June starts.
Game 3: Kevin Gausman, he allowed two runs over eight innings in a victory over the Angels on Sunday. He’s now 4-6 on the season, and his ERA drops to 4.05. He’s on the mound again against the Twins on Saturday.
Game 4: Alex Cobb, he will take the mound in the rubber game for the O’s, he is having a very tough season thus far winning only 2 games out of 9. He has a 6.75 ERA on the season.
Minnesota Twins's Latest Performance :
The Twins will be back at Target Center for an 11 game homestand beginning Thursday. The homestand opens with a four-game series against the Orioles. The Twins will be glad to return home after returning from a tough road trip they have lost sixth in the first seven games. The Twins are 3rd in the AL Central division with a record of 35-46. The Twins have a .500 record when playing at home this season and certainly have an easier schedule coming up. Playing against the O’s will allow the Twins to close down the gap and take the 2nd place of the division over the Tigers. The teams’ bullpen must improve because closing out games is vital in this league.
Player to watch in this series: Robbie Grossman, he went 2-for-4 and hit a grand slam against the Brewers. The slam off Brent Suter was his fourth homer of the year and it upped his RBI total to 25 in 210 at-bats. Although he has been struggling all year this slam might improve his confidence on the plate as the season progresses, he will have a great opportunity to showcase his batting skills once again at home against the O’s. He is slashing .238/.321/.352 with 25 RBIs and 4 homers, I expect those numbers to go up since he knows what he is capable of doing.
- RBIs: Eddie Rosario (52)
- Homers: Eddie Rosario (18)
- Batting Average: Eddie Rosario (.312)
Probable Pitchers for this series:
Game 1: Adalberto Mejia, he will get another opportunity on the mound in the series opener against the O’s, he allowed four runs on four hits and three walks over four innings in a start against the Cubs on Saturday.
Game 2: Lance Lynn, he was destroyed for seven earned runs over just 1 2/3 innings Sunday in a loss to the Cubs. He seemed to be turning things around in June, but he has struggled now in back-to-back outings and stands 5-7 with a 5.49 ERA through 80 1/3 innings this year. He’ll try to get back on track against the Twins on Friday.
Game 3: Kyle Gibson, he gave up four runs three earned and eight hits in five innings Monday against the Brewers. He matched his season low with three strikeouts in this one, and the 19 hits he’s given up his last two starts. He starts for the Twins in game 3.
Game 4: Jake Odorizzi, he held the White Sox scoreless during six innings and struck out eight on Thursday. He has a 4.62 ERA and 1.44 WHIP. He will close things out for the Twins in the rubber game against the Orioles.
How Baltimore Orioles & Minnesota Twins Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Twins are 1-4 in their last 5 after allowing 5 runs or more in their previous game.
Orioles are 8-24 in their last 32 games following a win.
Against The Spread Selection: Series split at 2-2
My reason for the pick :
With both teams equally matched, it is hard to pick aside who is going to come up on top in this series. If you look at the numbers you would definitely give this series to the Twins but with the trade deadline looming Orioles batter Manny Machado will be on his A game as he will put up big numbers and lead his way to two road wins over the Twins after the win at home over the Angels in the rubber game the O’s must feel confident heading into this series against the Twins. For the Twins, not all is lost because they are still within arm’s length of the second spot of the division but unfortunately, they won’t be able to contain the Manny on the plate.
Orioles and Twins split the series at 2-2.
Betting trends for Baltimore Orioles:
- Orioles are 14-43 in their last 57 road games.
Betting trends for Minnesota Twins:
- Twins are 2-6 in their last 8 games vs. a right-handed starter.