Baltimore Orioles vs. Minnesota Twins MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/31/14
Minnesota Twins (59-76) at Baltimore Orioles (78-56)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 1:35 pm (Camden Yards)
Ricky Nolasco (R) (5-9) (5.619) vs. Wei-Yin Chen (L) (13-4) (3.762)
The Line: Baltimore Orioles -175 / Minnesota Twins +165 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-N, MASN
The Minnesota Twins and Baltimore Orioles meet Sunday afternoon at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
The Minnesota Twins have lost six of their last seven games and are 27 games below a .500 record. The Twins issue remains pitching, as they’ve allowed four or more runs in seven of their last nine games. The Minnesota Twins have an ERA of 4.51, which is 28th in the majors, and they’ve lost eight of their last 11 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Trevor Plouffe has three hits in this series and Brian Dozier has a nine-game hitting streak. Ricky Nolasco takes the hill, and he’s 5-9 with a 5.62 ERA and has 87 strikeouts in 123.1 innings. Nolasco is 2-2 with a 3.00 ERA in four career starts against the Orioles.
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The Baltimore Orioles have won five of their last six games and are 22 games above a .500 record. The Orioles pitching staff has allowed three or less runs in 10 of their last 13 games. Overall, the Baltimore Orioles have an ERA 3.56, which is 12th in the majors, and they’ve won eight of their last 10 games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Adam Jones has gotten on base in eight of his last 10 games and Chris Davis has seven RBIs in his last four games. Starting is Wei-Yin Chen, who is 13-4 with a 3.76 ERA and has 109 strikeouts in 148.1 innings. Chen is 2-1 with a 2.65 ERA in three career starts against the Twins.
The Twins are 0-4 in Nolascos last 4 road starts and 0-4 in Nolascos last 4 starts overall. The Orioles are 4-0 in Chens last 4 home starts and 7-2 in Chens last 9 starts overall.
Chen has been unbeatable this season and the Twins can't beat anybody. Take the Baltimore RL to give you some actual value in this spot.