Minnesota Twins at Baltimore Orioles
|Date & Time||Saturday April 20, 2019, 4:05 PM (EDT)|
Minnesota Twins -140 / Baltimore Orioles +130 -- O/U: 10
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The Minnesota Twins and the Baltimore Orioles meet in game one of a doubleheader from Camden Yards in MLB action on Saturday afternoon.
The Minnesota Twins will hope that Friday’s rainout gave themselves a chance to refocus after dropping their series finale against Toronto on Thursday by a final score of 7-4. Eddie Rosario launched a pair of solo home runs while Jonathan Schoop went 2 for 4 with an RBI and Byron Buxton added a double with an RBI to round out Minnesota’s offense in the losing effort. Willians Astudillo went 2 for 4 and C.J. Cron added a base hit as well in the loss for Minnesota. Michael Pineda took the loss, falling to 2-1 after allowing six runs on seven hits over 3.2 innings of work. Jose Berrios will get the nod in game one and is 2-1 with a 2.30 ERA and 28 strikeouts this season. In his career, Berrios is 3-0 with a 3.08 ERA and 23 strikeouts against Baltimore.
The Baltimore Orioles will look to keep their momentum going in the doubleheader on Saturday after avoiding the sweep at the hands of Tampa Bay on Thursday with a 6-5 win in 11 innings in the series finale. Joey Rickard went 4 for 5 with a triple, a double and two RBIs while Pedro Severino had a solo home run. Dwight Smith Jr. had a double and an RBI while Richie Martin and Renato Nunez each had an RBI as well in the win. Trey Mancini went 3 for 5 at the dish and Rio Ruiz had a pair of base knocks while Jonathan Villar and Chris Davis each chipped in hits in the winning effort for the O’s. Andrew Cashner gave up two runs on five hits while striking out six over five innings of work, not factoring in the decision. John Means got the win to improve to 2-2 on the year. Dan Straily will start game one and is 1-1 with a 10.24 ERA and 2 strikeouts this season. In his career, Straily is 1-0 with a 2.13 ERA and 11 strikeouts against Minnesota.
Minnesota is 4-1 in Berrios’ last 5 starts and 15-7 in their last 22 games overall while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 road games. Baltimore is 11-41 in their last 52 series opening matchups and 19-47 in their last 66 home games while the over is 7-2 in their last 9 games against a right-handed starter. Minnesota is 20-8 in the last 28 meetings between these two teams and 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams in Baltimore.
Both of these teams come in rested but with that said, even on the road, I think Minnesota is the better play here. Berrios has been decent for the most part this season, giving up no more than three runs in any of his four starts and Berrios also has solid career numbers against the Orioles. Straily had his best start against Boston last time out, but Straily has also allowed five runs twice already this season and I just need to see more from Straily before trusting him so based on the pitching advantage, Minnesota and the reasonable price is the play here.