The Orioles lead the series 2-0 after winning 6-2 on Saturday, their third head-to-head victory in five games this season. Tyler Wells went six innings for the win, giving up two runs on six hits. Austin Hays was 1 for 3 with one run in the win. Donovan Solano went 3 for 4 with three doubles and one RBI for the Twins.
ON THE MOUND
Kyle Gibson (8-6, 4.73 ERA) is set to take the mound for Baltimore. The RHP allowed four runs over six innings in his last start, an 8-4 home defeat against the Yankees on Tuesday. He was charged with the loss, scattering three hits while striking out four and walking four.
For Minnesota, right-hander Joe Ryan (8-5, 3.42 ERA) will toe the rubber. It’s his first appearance of the season against the Orioles. Ryan made two appearances against the Orioles in 2022, both as the starter, striking out 10 and walking two over 11.2 innings (0-0, 2.31).
In his last start on Monday, Ryan took a no-decision at home against the Royals. He threw six innings and gave up two runs on six hits, striking out nine and walking one in the 8-4 win.
AT THE PLATE
Over the last five games, Baltimore has averaged 6.6 runs a game, up from their season average of 4.9, while slashing better across the board (.275/.361/.449). Against righties like Ryan this season, the O’s have a .740 OPS.
Gunnar Henderson is the team’s most productive hitter against right-handers with a .866 OPS in 204 at-bats. Minnesota is averaging 5.0 runs per game in the last five, up slightly from 4.2 for the season.
The Twins have a .729 OPS against right-handers in 2023. With a .796 OPS over 185 at-bats, Byron Buxton has been their best hitter against right-handers.
HOME AND AWAY
Baltimore is on a four-game winning streak in road games, bringing their record to 27-17 in 2023. The O’s have scored 5.4 runs per game away from home while allowing 4.5 runs.
Minnesota has gone 26-21 at home this season, averaging 4.5 runs per game while surrendering 4.0. In the last 10 meetings at Target Field, Minnesota is 7-3 with an average scoreline of 4.2-2.9.
The Orioles are second in the AL East, three games behind the division-leading Rays. The Twins lead the AL Central by zero games over the Guardians.
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Minnesota Twins (-160)
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