The Minnesota Twins and Baltimore Orioles get the week started at Camden Yards on Monday. The Orioles have played atop the AL East for a good chunk of the regular season, but the Yankees have been hanging around just behind them. In fact, after yesterday, the Yanks have a 0.5 game lead in the division.
A lot of teams have been playing mediocre baseball this season. No one has really made a case for World Series’ favorites. Heck, the leaders in the AL Central are the 22-18 Minnesota Twins. No one has 30 wins yet, with the Astros 1st in the majors with a record of 29-15.
Out in the NL West, the Colorado Rockies are 1st place. The Rockies? Yes, the Rockies currently assume 1st with a record of 28-17. If you’ve just been taking huge money lines this season on your MLB picks, I would have to think you’re bleeding money. As a general rule, doing nothing but making those wagers will eventually hurt your sportsbook balance.
The Cleveland Indians surprised baseball by winning the AL Central a year ago, could it be the Twins’ turn? They are currently tied with the Indians for 1st in the division, and I don’t believe playing four games above .500 is going to ultimately win the AL Central for them in September.
Somebody is going to go on a big run, and my money is not on the Twins. Why? Notably because the pitching leaves a lot to be desired. Kyle Gibson will get the call on Monday, a guy the Twins would love to replace with a more competent arm. He is running out of opportunities to stick in the majors, before I believe he’s going to force the Twins’ hand, sending him down to the minors. The O’s will counter with veteran Ubaldo Jimenez. Get our free Twins vs. Orioles pick below.
Minnesota Twins vs. Baltimore Orioles Pick
Kyle Gibson (0-4, 8.20 ERA) vs. Ubaldo Jimenez (1-2, 6.52 ERA)
Gibson has been a less than desirable option for the Twins. He’s been getting wrecked on the mound and there are no indication that he is going to improve any. He was no good a season ago, posting a 5.06 ERA, but he was meant to be a back of the rotation filler.
However, given the lack of depth in the Twins’ rotation, they want to get more out of him. It’s not working out, at all. Gibson holds a 8.20 ERA, including an abysmal 1.97 WHIP and .419 OBA. In half of his starts, he has surrendered at least 5 runs per outing. In his last three starts, he was mauled for a 9.75 ERA and 2.42 WHIP.
In his last start at Camden Yards, the O’s tagged him for 4 runs in 5 innings pitched back in April of last year. The Twins are fortunate to be pitted against a fellow pitcher who has endured his share of struggles in 2017. Jimenez is undoubtedly at the end of his career, and it’s beginning to show. He boasts an ERA of 6.52, with a 1.60 WHIP. Jimenez has allowed 9 runs in his last 12.2 innings pitched. His ERA was 8.44 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP in the last three showings for Jimenez. Bombs away at Camden, the OVER should be a pick that finds the winner’s circle on Monday.
PICK: OVER 9.5 (-110)