After a thrilling series victory over the Boston Red Sox, the Baltimore Orioles remain home to face Baltimore public enemy number one in Carlos Correa and the Minnesota Twins.
The Twins come into Camden Yards with a whole lot of firepower. On the flip side, Orioles pitching at home might be even more powerful. It will be a battle between two really good pitching staffs.
So far at home, the Orioles pitching staff as a whole sits at a 2.14 ERA. This is the best home ERA in the majors, beating out the second place Dodgers, who have a 2.40 home ERA.
Tyler Wells is set to open this series on the mound for the Birds, followed by Bruce Zimmermann, Kyle Bradish and Spenser Watkins.
A cool storyline in this series is game three, when Bradish battles Dylan Bundy opposite of him. Bradish was the key return piece in the trade that sent Bundy from Baltimore to the Los Angels Angels back in 2019.
The Oriole bats hope to heat up, as they face a few powerhouse bats on the Twins. Mountcastle and Santander have been hitting well at home, and they will be the ones to lead the charge, if there is one.
The Baltimore Battery’s ❌-Factor for this series is going to be the bullpen. When facing bats like Byron Buxton, Carlos Correa and Max Kepler late in games, it will be necessary for them to hold down those bats. This Oriole offense has shown they only like to score late in games, so not letting the Twins offense do the same will be the key.
The Orioles have made two roster moves to comply with MLB’s roster cut downs. The rosters will now move from 28 to 26.
Firstly, the O’s have optioned outfielder Ryan McKenna to Triple-A Norfolk. McKenna went 5-for-19 with two doubles, four runs and two RBIs over 17 games.
Secondly, the O’s have designated infielder Kelvin Gutierrez for assignment after going 4-for-28 from the plate this season, adding one extra-base hit and three RBIs over 12 games. He will now report to Triple-A Norfolk, get claimed by another team or be released outright.
Game 1 Lineups:
Minnesota Twins (13-9):
1. Byron Buxton CF
2. Luis Arraez 1B
3. Carlos Correa SS
4. Jorge Polanco 2B
5. Max Kepler RF
6. Jose Miranda 3B
7. Trevor Larnach DH
8. Ryan Jeffers C
9. Nick Gordon LF
SP. Chris Paddack RHP
Baltimore Orioles (8-14):
1. Cedric Mullins CF
2. Austin Hays LF
3. Anthony Santander RF
4. Ryan Mountcastle 1B
5. Tyler Nevin DH
6. Rougned Odor 2B
7. Ramón Urías 3B
8. Robinson Chirinos C
9. Jorge Mateo SS
SP. Tyler Wells RHP
Game one of this series begins Monday night at 7:05 p.m. EST. You can catch each game on MASN or on the flagship radio station for the O’s, 98 Rock.
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