Wei-Yin Chen (7-6, 3.20 ERA) and the Baltimore Orioles (62-57) go up against Tommy Milone (6-3, 3.65 ERA) and the Minnesota Twins (59-61) in the second of a four-game series at Camden Yards. The Twins won the last game 15-2 and Minnesota leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 7:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 21 and will air on FSN and MASN.
In his most recent outing, Chen pitched 6.0 innings, allowing two runs and striking out seven in an 18-2 victory over the Athletics. Chris Davis (.261, 71 Rs, 34 HRs, 89 RBIs, 2 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 3. The Twins were victorious over the Indians 4-1 the last time Milone pitched. He went 5.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out three and walking three. Brian Dozier (.246, 84 Rs, 25 HRs, 62 RBIs, 10 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Twins, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
Baltimore is a -169 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is eight runs. When playing as the favorite, the Orioles have a 40-27 record and overall money line at +207. They are 6-1 as the favorite over their last 10 games. The Orioles have one of the most prolific home offenses in the entire AL, averaging 5.0 runs per game. Turning to the pitching staff, the Orioles don't give up many walks to opposing batters at Camden Yards, ranking second in the AL with only 2.3 walks allowed per home game.
Moving on to the away team, the Twins come into this game with a win percentage of .463 when playing as the underdog (44-51) and an overall money line of +845. Over the past 10 matchups, they are 4-6 SU and have played poorly as the underdog with a 1-5 record. They also allow just 2.5 walks per game, good for tops in the AL.
The previous four games have all gone Minnesota's way. This game will feature Milone (LHP) on the mound against the Orioles, who have a 17-11 record when they take on a left-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Twins will be the left-hander Chen. They sport a 21-20 record against southpaws.
Predictions: SU Winner - Bal, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Twins won by a margin of 13 runs. The Orioles are 3-1 in games decided by a margin of 10 runs or more. The Twins have a 6-4 record in blowouts.
The Orioles managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Twins who are coming in with a 21-7 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Twins are 10-53. The Orioles have a 10-42 record when opponents outhit them.
Minnesota ranks in the top half of the league at 15th when it comes to home runs, hitting 114 this season. Baltimore ranks in the top five at fourth with 160.
Ranking 13th, Minnesota is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.27 per game. Baltimore ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 8.65.
Ranking 20th, Minnesota is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.705). Baltimore ranks in the top 10 at sixth with an OPS of .740.
When the Twins allow at least one home run, they are 32-49. When the Orioles allow one or more homers, they have a 35-41 record.