Saturday, August 22, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Kyle Gibson (8-9) vs. Chris Tillman (9-7)
The Minnesota Twins head to Oriole Park on Saturday to take on the Baltimore Orioles. The probable starters are Kyle Gibson for the Twins and Chris Tillman for the Orioles. The opening line for this matchup has Minnesota at +152 and Baltimore at -162. The over/under was set at 8.5. The Twins have a 57-56 over/under record and a 70-51 run line mark, meaning they cover 58% of the time. The Orioles have a 52-61 over/under record and a 64-56 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 53% of the time.
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The Twins show up with a 60-61 record, including 22-37 on the road. Kyle Gibson has an earned run average of 3.99 and is 8-9 so far on the season while having a 1.31 WHIP. The Twins are 12-12 over his 146.2 innings pitched and he's also given up 144 hits over that time period. The Twins are also 9-12 against the over/under in his starts. The team is averaging 3.6 runs when he starts. The bullpen has given up 367 hits on the season and have an earned run average of 4.20. Opposing teams are hitting .256 against the Twins bullpen while walking 117 times and striking out 267 times. Minnesota is averaging 6.2 strikeouts per game while getting 9.57 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 24th in baseball in team earned run average at 4.22.
Minnesota is batting .249 as a team, which is good for 20th in the league and hitting .227 away from home. The Twins on-base percentage sits at .303, which puts them at 28th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .400. Joe Mauer leads the team in hits with 117 while the team ranks 22nd in baseball with 8.35 hits per game.
Baltimore is 39-23 at home while holding a 62-58 overall record on the season. Chris Tillman is starting this game 9-7 for the season with an earned run average of 4.54 and a WHIP of 1.34. The Orioles have a record of 12-10 over the 123 innings he's pitched during which he's given up 120 hits. The Orioles are also 10-12 against the over/under in his starts. The team is averaging 5 runs when he takes the field. The bullpen has given up 320 hits on the season and have a team earned run average of 2.84. Opposing teams are hitting .229 against the Orioles bullpen while walking 135 times and striking out 374 times. Baltimore is averaging 7.75 strikeouts per game while getting 8.56 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 14th in the league in team earned run average at 3.82.
They are batting .257 as a team, which is good for 9th in the league and hitting .272 at home. The Orioles on-base percentage sits at .310, which puts them at 19th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .428. Manny Machado leads the team in hits with 140 while the team ranks 12th in baseball with 8.68 hits a game.
In terms of team defense, the Twins have a fielding percentage of .986 with 64 total errors, 1,225 assists and 3,207 put outs. The Orioles have committed 49 errors on the season with 1155 assists and 3,183 put outs leading to a team fielding percentage of .989 on the year.
Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 57-56 against the over/under so far this season
The Minnesota Twins are 70-51 against the run line so far this season
Baltimore Orioles Betting Trends
The Baltimore Orioles are 52-61 against the over/under so far this season
The Baltimore Orioles are 64-56 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
08/20/15 CF Aaron Hicks Hamstring Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/20)
08/14/15 P Blaine Boyer Elbow Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/9)
08/13/15 P Phil Hughes Back Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/10)
06/04/15 P Ricky Nolasco Ankle Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (6/1)
05/16/15 CF Jordan Schafer Knee Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/16)
08/01/15 P Mike Wright Calf Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/1)
07/22/15 LF Steve Pearce Oblique Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/19)
05/13/15 P Jason Garcia Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (5/11)
Tony's Pick: Take the Orioles
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