Minnesota Twins vs. Baltimore Orioles MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/4/14
Baltimore Orioles (15-12) at Minnesota Twins (12-15)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 2:10 pm (Target Field)
Miguel Gonzalez (R) (1-2) (5.192) vs. Philip Hughes (R) (2-1) (5.143)
The Line: Minnesota Twins +112 / Baltimore Orioles -122 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN 2, FSN-N
The Baltimore Orioles and Minnesota Twins will play a rubber game on Sunday afternoon at Target Field.
The Orioles had their three-game winning streak snapped with a 6-1 loss on Saturday. It was the first time in five games where the Orioles were held to less than three runs. Nelson Cruz continues to tear the cover off the ball for Baltimore and has five homeruns and 14 RBI in his last 10 games. Pitching has been a little different for the Orioles, who have allowed five or more runs in four of their last seven games. Taking the mound Sunday will be Miguel Gonzalez, who is 1-2 with a 5.19 ERA and has 21 strikeouts in 26 innings. This will be the first time Gonzalez has faced the Twins in his career.
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The Twins snapped a four-game losing streak with the win on Saturday and are two games back from a .500 record. The Twins pitching has been solid in this series, allowing just four runs in the first two games, but the Twins rotation has allowed four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. Offensively, Joe Mauer has five multi-hit games in his last eight matchups and had four RBI in Saturday’s win. Getting the start Sunday is Phil Hughes, who is 2-1 with a 5.14 ERA and has 26 strikeouts in 28 innings. Hughes is 6-5 with a 5.22 ERA in 17 career starts against the Orioles.
The Orioles are 1-6 in Gonzalez's last 7 starts as an underdog and 2-5 in Gonzalez's last 7 road starts. The Twins are 24-62 in their last 86 vs. a team with a winning record and 0-7 in their last 7 games as a home favorite.
Neither team has been all that great to start the season, which makes this game a coin-flip. Hughes is a veteran pitcher who has shown at times he still has it, and the Twins are at home. I like Minnesota with the plus money, but be careful. There are better games on the card.