Twins are Hitting their Stride Against Spiraling Orioles
The AL Central-leading Minnesota Twins have hit their stride and are managing to win a ton of ball games. They are riding a four-game winning streak as they enter the third game of a four-game series against the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night. The Orioles are just trying to keep a respectable season together as they are looking at yet another season in the cellar of the AL East.
Twins Continue to Find Ways to Win
While the Minnesota Twins are by no means turning heads and winning games in grand fashion, they are quietly controlling the AL Central as they try to stay ahead of the Guardians and White Sox. They are 9-1 in their last 10 games and are riding a four-game win streak currently as they have taken the first two games from the Orioles in this four-game set.
The offense is being led by Byron Buxton, who continues to stay hot and Carlos Correa has finally hit his stride for the Twins. Timely hitting from the entire lineup has helped push the Twins over the top and win a lot of close games. They may not have a flashy lineup, but they produce when it is needed.
Pitching has been a big surprise for the Twins and it was their biggest question mark entering the season. Dylan Bundy has stepped up as the leader of the staff and has surprisingly thrived so far, sporting a 3-1 record with a 2.95 ERA over 21.1 innings pitched.
They need to continue to play well because they aren’t gapping teams when they do win. And while a win is a win, in the sportsbooks, they are struggling to cover the runline with a gloomy 11-13 record on the runline.
Orioles… As Usual
With very little legitimate big-league talent, one of the smallest MLB payrolls, and playing in an extremely tough division, the Baltimore Orioles are having a typical Baltimore year. They are dead last in the AL East, showing little to no life. Baltimore has one of the worst records in the MLB, but at least this year they have the Reds to look down on so far.
While most other young, rebuilding teams have some good, young talent coming up through the ranks, the Orioles have very little to look forward to. Right now, their lineup is struggling to say the least and the pitching staff has no notable pitchers to build off of. Baltimore needs to get their development program under control and figure out how to compete with the larger market teams in its division. Perhaps take a page out of Tampa Bay’s book.
Rookie Kyle Brandish will make his second start of the season. He had a decent showing in his career debut, going six innings and giving up two earned runs. One interesting thing to take into consideration about the Orioles when looking at the MLB lines is their ability to cover the runline. They are 13-11 this year which is surprising for a team that is 8-16 on the moneyline.
Twins vs Orioles Head-to-Head
This is the first series of the year between the two teams and so far, the Twins have jumped out to an early 2-0 season series lead. In 2021, unsurprisingly, the Twins dominated the six-game season series 4-2. Even with the Orioles losing quite often, they have covered the runline in five of their last eight meetings. That is quite impressive for a team that loses a lot.
Twins vs Orioles Game Information
- Game: Twins (15-9) vs Orioles (8-16)
- Location: Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD
- Day/Time: Wednesday, May 4th. 7:05 p.m. ET
- Twins vs Orioles Live Stream: MLB.tv
Twins vs Orioles Betting Lines
|Minnesota Twins||-1½ +125||-134||7½-115o||3½-145o / 3½+115u|
|Toronto Blue Jays||+1½ -145||+124||7½-105u||3½Evo / 3½-130u|
Twins vs Orioles Prediction
While there aren’t many bettor-friendly lines to be had with this match-up, a safe bet would be to take the moneyline on the Twins at -134. To make money off this bet, perhaps give a three-leg parlay a chance with this being one of the legs. Other teams to round out this parlay could be the Brewers and the Astros who are heavy favorites in their games as well.
For a riskier bet, take the Twins to cover the -1½ runline at +125. They are capable of doing this, but the Orioles tend to be better at covering the runline than the Twins.
When you bet online, take the Twins runline -1½ at +125.