Baltimore Orioles (17-29) vs. Minnesota Twins (17-29)
May 24, 2021 7:40 pm EDT
The Line: Minnesota Twins -115 / Baltimore Orioles +105; Over/Under: 8.5
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The Baltimore Orioles and the Minnesota Twins meet in MLB action from Target Field on Monday night.
The Baltimore Orioles will look to rebound from their 6-5 loss to Washington on Sunday. Maikel Franco and Trey Mancini each had two RBIs with Mancini going 2 for 4 at the dish while Franco had a double. Anthony Santander went 2 for 5 with a double and an RBI to finish off Baltimore’s scoring as a team in the loss while Freddy Galvis went 2 for 5 with a double as well. Austin Hays also had two hits and Stevie Wilkerson added a pair of knocks as well while Pat Valaika and Ryan Mountcastle each had a base hit to finish off Baltimore’s offense as a team in the win. Matt Harvey took the loss, falling to 3-5 after allowing five earned runs on nine hits while striking out six over 4.2 innings of work. John Means will start here and is 4-0 with a 1.70 ERA and 59 strikeouts this season. This will be Means’ first career start against Minnesota.
The Minnesota Twins will look to build on their 8-5 extra innings win over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday. Max Kepler and Kyle Garlick each had three-run home runs with Garlick’s pinch-hit effort giving the Twins the win in the 10th inning. Rob Refsnyder and Andrelton Simmons each had an RBI to round out Minnesota’s scoring as a team in the win. Luis Arraez, Josh Donaldson and Mitch Garver each had a base hit as well to cap off the Twins’ offense as a team in the winning effort. J.A. Happ allowed four runs on eight hits while striking out ten over six innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Hansel Robles got the win to improve to 1-1 on the year while Tyler Duffey closed out the 10th for his 1st save. Matt Shoemaker will start here and is 2-5 with a 6.08 ERA and 25 strikeouts this season. In his career, Shoemaker is 3-1 with a 2.25 ERA and 41 strikeouts against Baltimore.
Baltimore is 73-155 in their last 228 road games and 22-46 in their last 68 games against the AL Central while the over is 8-1 in their last 9 games overall. Minnesota is 11-27 in their last 38 games overall and 2-7 in their last 9 home games while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games against a left-handed starter. Baltimore is 8-26 in the last 34 meetings between these two teams.
This feels like a much tighter game than I would’ve first thought and Shoemaker’s pitched better lately while we know what we’re going to get from John Means, which is why I’m siding with the under. I think a pitcher’s duel could be on the cards here, so give me the under in this spot.