The Orioles are one of the worst teams in baseball this season, as was expected. When you have a roster completely absent of top-tier talent (except Trey Mancini), you’re going to lose games. But, Monday’s starter is the lone bright sport for the O’s. Can John Means lead the Orioles past the disappointing Twins? Here are my Orioles vs. Twins Predictions.
There isn’t much to celebrate in Baltimore this season. As a matter of fact, there are really just three players on the entire roster that have done much of anything.
The first is Cedric Mullins. Mullins is hitting .294 in his age-26 season and has 19 XBH and five stolen bases. He has consistently hit the ball for the O’s this season and that’s not something they were sure they’d have anywhere in the lineup.
The second player pulling his weight is also the best story in baseball and maybe all of professional sports. Trey Mancini is back and in a big way. Mancini, who missed all of last season while battling Stage 3 colon cancer, is absolutely mashing. He’s hitting .280 with 10 home runs and a Major League leading 41 RBI so far.
The third and final player that came to play this season for the O’s also happens to be Monday’s scheduled starter in John Means. Means has already thrown a no hitter, which means less this season than most but is still extremely impressive. He’s 4-0 on the season with a 1.70 ERA and a miniscule 0.75 WHIP. Oh, and he’s struck out 59 batters and walked just 11.
Means’ last start came against the Tampa Bay Rays and was his first rough outing of the year as he gave up four runs, but I expect him to bounce back.
Last season, the Twins won the AL Central and came into this year looking to build on that. But, it’s been an extremely slow start to say the least. They’re last in the Central, behind teams like the Royals and Tigers, and outside of Nelson Cruz and Byron Buxton, the offense has stalled heavily.
Monday’s starting pitcher, Matt Shoemaker, has been one of the worst starters in Major League Baseball. Not only has he struck out just 25 batters to 16 walks, his ERA is up at 6.08 and he’s got a WHIP approaching 1.50.
This Twins team has immense talent. Byron Buxton seems to be the real deal after taking his lumps once getting the call up and the ageless wonder Nelson Cruz continues to mash dingers. Miguel Sao’s power has never been in doubt, but he’s hitting below the Mendoza line and isn’t alone in his struggles. If the Twins are going to turn it around, guys like Max Kepler need to pick up their play.
Orioles vs. Twins
I think you know where I’m going with this one. Neither offense is inspiring much of anything, but John Means continues to be one of the best pitchers in baseball. I worry what happens when he comes out of the game so I think the F5 ML play could be a good one, but I’ll be sticking with the Orioles on the moneyline for the full game on Monday. If Means shows up and pitches like he has, the Orioles could run away with this one as Shoemaker continues his struggles.
Orioles vs. Twins Prediction & Pick
Orioles ML @ +100