Minnesota Twins vs. Baltimore Orioles - 7/28/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Baltimore Orioles (58-42) at Minnesota Twins (37-62)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Target Field)
U Jimenez (5-9) (7.38) vs. K Gibson (3-6) (4.67)
The Line: Minnesota Twins -120 / Baltimore Orioles +110 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
The Orioles look to get back on track in the American League East as they face off against the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night.
The Orioles spoiled a great opportunity to create some separation from the pack in their series at home against the Colorado Rockies over the last few days but a 3-1 loss on Wednesday night kept them at a standstill atop the AL East and keeping their lead at a slim two games over the Toronto Blue Jays. Baltimore has been a very exciting team to watch this season as they one of the most potent lineups in the league but they were held in check against the Rockies as Jon Gray was brilliant aside from a solo bomb to Manny Machado leaving the O’s scrambling heading into their series in Minnesota. Ubaldo Jimenez, who has been in the centre of some trade talks, gets the start tonight for Baltimore as he will face off against Kyle Gibson for the Twins.
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Minnesota meanwhile has been playing some pretty decent baseball of late and with some of the guys they have in their lineup it is easy to say why as they have some quality bats that can keep them in games with the best of them. The Twins look to spoil the party for Baltimore as they begin a series at Target Field and while they have some guys in the trade discussions as well they are still playing fearless baseball as they will miss out on the playoffs and are starting to think towards the future already. Minnesota will look to get to Jimenez early as he is 5-9 with a woeful 7.38 ERA this season and while Gibson is but 3-6 his mark is much lower at 4.67.
The O’s are 20-6 in their last 26 against the AL Central, 1-4 in their last five road games, and 1-7 in Jimenez’ last eight road starts while the Twins are 1-5 in their last six Thursday games, 7-22 in their last 29 home games against a righty, and 3-7 in Gibson’s last 10 home starts. Baltimore is a much different team at home than on the road and I like the way the Twins are playing right now and I am giving them a shot at home in this one.