Minnesota Twins vs. Baltimore Orioles Betting Preview

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The struggling Minnesota Twins are trying to avoid losing their seventh straight game when they play host to the Baltimore Orioles at Target Field. Fox Sports North will showcase this AL matchup and the game is scheduled to get going at 8:10 p.m. ET.

Baltimore Orioles at Minnesota Twins Odds

The Orioles are 24-61 SU and are 32-52 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 34.4 units for gamblers taking the moneyline and 25.9 units ATS. Baltimore has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the under has hit in five of those seven. The Twins, on the other hand, are 35-48 SU and 44-38 ATS. They’ve lost 13.2 units for bettors taking the moneyline while earning 1.8 units ATS. Minnesota has covered the spread just twice over its last seven games and the over has hit in four of those seven.

Twins games have an over/under record of 39-40-3 so far in 2018. Baltimore has been a good under bet with a total record of 33-48-3.

Andrew Cashner will get the start for Baltimore. The right-handed Cashner (2-8, 4.48 ERA) has recorded 71 strikeouts in 88.1 innings so far. He’s 0-1 with five strikeouts and a 7.20 ERA against Minnesota this year.

The Twins will put the ball in the right hand of Aaron Slegers (0-0, 3.38 ERA), who has three punchouts and one walks this season as well as a 1.31 WHIP. Slegers has yet to face the Orioles this year and did not record a start against them in 2017.

Minnesota’s pitchers have given up 4.7 runs per game overall this year as a unit. The club’s starters have a 4.41 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 8.8 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.47 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 9.4 K/9.

The Minnesota offense is putting up 4.2 runs per outing, including 4.1 per game over its last 10 games and 5.2 per game over its last five. The team has slashed .251/.308/.399 over its last five games and is 0-5 SU during that span.

Outfielder Eddie Rosario and shortstop Eduardo Escobar have led the Twins’ offense this year. Rosario is hitting .308/.350/.555 with 18 home runs, 52 RBIs and 57 runs scored, and Escobar is batting .277 with 13 homers, 50 RBIs and 39 runs.

In the visiting dugout, Baltimore’s pitchers have allowed 5.1 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 5.12 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 7.52 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 4.36, along with a K/9 of 8.00.

The Orioles offense has slashed .227/.291/.379 on its way to 3.6 runs scored per game this season, including 3.1 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 2.8 per game over the team’s last five contests (1-4 SU).

Shortstop Manny Machado and right fielder Adam Jones continue to lead Baltimore’s offense. Machado is slashing .308/.377/.560 with 21 home runs, 59 RBIs and 42 runs scored, while Jones is hitting .287/.311/.436 with 10 homers, 33 RBIs and 35 runs scored.

The Orioles have lost 25.8 units and are 19-35 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in 21 of those games, compared to 31 that’ve gone under against right-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Twins have lost 7.2 units and are 30-28 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over has hit in 29 of those games, compared to 27 that went under the total.

Baltimore Orioles at Minnesota Twins Free MLB Tip

Predictions: SU Winner – Twins, ATS Winner – Orioles, O/U – OVER

Betting Trends

  • The over has cashed in just one of Baltimore’s last seven games.
  • The Orioles have hit 13 home runs in their last 10 games. The Twins have hit 10 over their last 10.
  • The Baltimore defense has allowed two errors over its last five games, compared to five errors for Minnesota over its last five.
  • The Orioles have lost nine of their last 10 games SU while the Twins have lost eight of their last nine.