It’s a little early in the season to call any single game that big or important, but this would be a nice night for an Orioles’ victory.
They are playing the Twins who still are without some key players like Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer. Also, the Twins have scored the fewest runs in the majors this year and have a major league low six homers.
Get ‘em while you can.
Also, the O’s could use a series victory and a win tonight would give them the series win here, three to one. The Birds won their first two series of the year, but have since lost three in a row versus Texas, New York and Cleveland.
Plus they have opening day starter Jeremy Guthrie on the mound and he is 3-0 in his career versus the Twins.
In addition, the next six O’s games after tonight are against the Yankees and Red Sox. New York is off tonight and is leading the AL East at 10-6 by two games over Tampa beginning play today.
But Twins pitcher Scott Baker is 5-0 with an ERA of 2.53 in seven career starts vs. the Orioles and is 4-0 with an ERA of 1.61 in his last four starts against Baltimore. The Twins are 6-1 in those seven career Baker starts.
Minnesota is leading 1-0 in the fourth on Jim Thome’s second homer of the year and 591st of his career.
They’d like to get this one tonight before the big boys of the East arrive in town.