Minnesota Twins vs. Baltimore Orioles Pick-Odds-Prediction - 5/3/14
Baltimore Orioles (14-12) at Minnesota Twins (12-14)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 2:10 pm (Target Field)
Wei-Yin Chen (L) (3-1) (4.345) vs. Kevin Correia (R) (0-3) (7.333)
The Line: Minnesota Twins -110 / Baltimore Orioles -110 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN2, FS-North
The Baltimore Orioles and Minnesota Twins collide in afternoon action at Target Field on Saturday.
Several teams in the tough American League East aren't racking up the wins and are seemingly hanging around with no direction. Baltimore has been the exception with second place to themselves following a 3-0 victory at Minnesota on Friday. The surging Orioles have won seven of eleven with the bats doing plenty of damage although the work on the mound carried the day in the series opener. Ubaldo Jimenez picked up his first win as an Oriole with a three shutout over 7.1 frames while whiffing ten. Nelson Cruz paced the offense with a homer and a pair of RBI's with Matt Wieters driving in another. Left hander Wei-Yin Chen looks to control the Minnesota bats when he toes the rubber on Saturday. Chen comes in off of a 3-2 victory over Kansas City where he allowed both runs on nine hits over seven frames.
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Minnesota has been one of the surprise teams in the game as they have been hovering around the .500 mark after suffering through a dismal 2013. However the Twins have shown signs of slowing after Friday's defeat has the Twins looking at losses in seven of eleven where neither the work on the mound and at the plate has gotten the job done. The pitching held up their end of the bargain to open the series but the offense struggled. Ricky Nolasco tossed a complete game but received a loss for his efforts with the bats totaling four hits and walking once. Minnesota turns to Kevin Correia in Saturday's home bettle with the Baltimore Orioles. Correia has been off his game the last two outings where he was charged with a combined eleven runs in 8.1 innings.
It looks like Baltimore has picked it up and Minnesota has cooled off a bit. I am going with the team that has been on the upswing and hope the Twins bats remain quiet for another day...