Baltimore Orioles vs. Minnesota Twins
The Baltimore Orioles go for the sweep of the Minnesota Twins as they meet for game three of their season opening series at Camden Yards. The Orioles are -130 favorites over the Twins with an over/under run total set at 9.
The Baltimore Orioles are two games over .500 and while it is just two games into the 2-12 season there is still reason for team to be happy as they have had little to celebrate in recent years. Starter Tommy Hunter scattered six hits and allowed two runs while striking out three over seven innings of work to get his first win of the year. Adam Jones, Nick Markakis, and Matt Wieters all hit home runs while Markakis had three hits and Ronny Paulino had four hits as the Orioles had 13 hits and eight runs total for the game. For Sunday’s game Baltimore starts Jason Hammel who returns to the American League after three years in Colorado. Last season Hammel went 7-13 with a 4.76 ERA while allowing 175 hits and 90 earned runs while striking out 94 in but allowing a ghastly 21 home runs in 170.1 innings of work. While going form the National League to the American League is usually never a good thing for Hammel to get out of the altitude in Colorado it should help him.
After having a horrific season a year ago the Minnesota Twins appear to be picking up where they left off starting off 2012 0-2. Francisco Liriano looks like he may be done as he allowed eight hits and five earned runs while striking out four in four innings to take the loss and the bullpen looked shaky the rest of the way especially Jared Burton who was knocked around. Justin Morneau had two hits, Joe Mauer had a hit, and Josh Willingham had a hit as the Twins scored twice on seven hits in the losing effort. On Sunday Minnesota looks to salvage a win in the series as they send Anthony Swarzak to the mound. Last season Swarzak was 4-7 with a 4.32 ERA allowing 111 hits and 53 runs while striking out 55 in 1-2 innings of work. Minnesota needs some sort of positive momentum but they look to be headed towards another long season.
Baltimore is 8-2 in their last 10 home games, 9-2 in their last 11 games against the A.L. Central, and 13-5 in their last 18 games overall. Minnesota is 2-5 in their last last seven game three of a series, 6-22 in their last 28 road games, and 2-5 in Swarzak’s last seven starts. Baltimore has won the last six meetings of these two.
The total is set at nine and as high as that is I still see this going over as I don’t see much on the mound here except some traditionally large ERA’s.