Baltimore Orioles vs. Minnesota Twins MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 8/29/14
Minnesota Twins (59-74) at Baltimore Orioles (76-56)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 29, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Camden Yards)
Trevor May (R) (0-3) (9.000) vs. Miguel Gonzalez (R) (6-7) (3.737)
The Line: Baltimore Orioles -190 / Minnesota Twins +180 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN, MASN
The Baltimore Orioles play their 14th straight game of a 26 game stretch against sub-.500 opponents as they welcome the Minnesota Twins to Camden Yards on Friday night for a four game series.
The Minnesota Twins snapped a four game losing streak on Thursday night as they avoided being swept in Kansas City with an 11-5 win that was decided with a big effort in the 10th inning. Starting pitcher Tommy Milone endured another tough start allowing four runs on nine hits while walking two batters over 5.1 innings, but the Twins offense racked up 14 hits as Jordan Schafer had three hits and four RBI’s, Brian Dozier had three hits and three RBI’s, and Kurt Suzuki had three hits and an RBI. The Twins are actually a top six team in terms of runs scored this year after posting some big totals against the Tigers last week, but their pitching staff needs an overhaul ranking 28th in the league in team ERA.
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Trevor May makes the start for the Twins on Friday night still looking to find his groove in a rough rookie campaign. May has only made four starts but enters this contest with a WHIP of 2.58 and ERA of 8.79 while going winless at 0-3. In May’s last start against the Tigers he allowed five runs on 11 hits over 5.1 innings; the only positive was that he didn’t walk a batter after issuing 13 free passes across his first nine innings in the majors.
The Baltimore Orioles are in first place in the AL East and have a chance to control their destiny with a seven game cushion over the second place Yankees. The Orioles won three of four games against the Rays in their latest series, emerging victorious by a score of 5-4 on Thursday night. Starting pitcher Bud Norris didn’t have his best stuff allowing four runs on six hits over six innings, but the potent Baltimore attack pounded out 11 hits while also capitalizing on mistakes by the Rays. Steve Pearce hit his 16th homer, Adam Jones had two hits and stole home, and Nelson Cruz, J.J. Hardy and Caleb Joseph each had two hits in the win.
The Orioles will turn to Miguel Gonzalez as they look to continue capitalizing on a home stand against all sub-.500 competition. Gonzalez has been somewhat effective this season as he enters this game with a WHIP of 1.38 and ERA of 3.75 while posting a 6-7 record. The 30 year old righty Gonzalez has done his best work in the second half of the season with an ERA of 1.82 across four starts in July and ERA of 3.63 across three starts in August. In his lone start against the Twins this year, Gonzalez conceded three runs on six hits while walking four over 4.2 innings of a loss at Target Field on May 4th.
The Twins have been posting some big numbers at the plate in the last week but the Orioles should match or exceed that output as the Twins pitching staff is weak and not to be trusted on the road.