Minnesota Twins vs. Baltimore Orioles MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/2/14
Baltimore Orioles (12-12) at Minnesota Twins (12-12)
MLB Baseball: Friday, May 2, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Target Field)
Ubaldo Jimenez (R) (0-4) (6.586) vs. Ricky Nolasco (R) (2-2) (6.673)
The Line: Minnesota Twins -101 / Baltimore Orioles -109 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN 2, FSN-N
The Baltimore Orioles and Minnesota Twins will take the field on Friday night for game one.
The Orioles have won five of their last seven games and are now one game above .500. The Orioles pitching continues to be god awful, but their offense has put together five or more runs in four of their last seven games. The Orioles are 9-3 when putting four or more runs on the board this season. Now, the Orioles pitching, well, like I said, it’s been absolutely terrible. That may not change with Ubaldo Jimenez on the mound Friday, as he’s 0-4 with a 6.59 ERA and has 21 strikeouts in 27.1 innings. Jimenez is 3-3 with a 2.90 ERA in six career starts against the Twins.
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The Twins were just swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers, which includes losing both games of a doubleheader on Thursday. The Twins are now one game back of .500 and their pitching rotation continues to let them down in a big way. The Twins have allowed four or more runs in seven of their last eight games and are 9-14 when allowing three or more runs this season. While the Twins are desperate to find success in their rotation, Ricky Nolasco gets the start on Friday, and he’s 2-2 with a 6.67 ERA and has 13 strikeouts in 29.2 innings. Nolasco is 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA in three career starts against the Orioles.
The Orioles are 0-5 in Jimenez's last 5 starts and 0-4 in Jimenez's last 4 starts as an underdog. The Twins are 2-12 in their last 14 during game 1 of a series and 17-37 in their last 54 home games. The Orioles are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Minnesota.
I just can't pick the Orioles with Jimenez on the mound. The Twins are at home and will be eager to bounce back after getting swept by the Dodgers. Give me the Twins for the cheap price.