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MLB Betting - Twins at Orioles

May 07, 2009
MLB Betting - Minnesota Twins (Perkins) at Baltimore Orioles (Bergesen) Thursday 7:05 ET

By Matt Fargo

Justin Morneau of the TwinsThe Twins dropped their game in Baltimore last night as the game was called after six innings.

The teams endured four rain delays totaling over four hours and Minnesota players and coaches were not pleased with the way things were played out.

The umpires were almost forced to make this one official since the Twins would not be traveling to Baltimore at any other time this season.

The Twins know they got one taken away last night and will be ready to get it back tonight. The Orioles won for just the second time in nine games and after starting the season 6-2, Baltimore has gone a dreadful 5-15 over its last 20 games.

We knew pitching was going to be a problem coming in and it certainly has been problematic over this stretch as it has allowed 6.0 rpg during that 20-game stretch.

The offense, which was supposed to be a very improved unit this year, has not come to the rescue however as the Orioles bats are producing just 4.6 rpg over the same span including games of four runs or fewer 12 times.

It was the second straight loss and the fourth in five games for Minnesota as it has been held to just one run over the last two games. This is certainly an opportunity to get that offense going once again.

Bradley Bergesen gets the call for the Orioles and he will be making his fourth start of the season. He is coming off a quality outing in his last start but it was nothing special.

His ERA sits at 5.17 on the season but more unimpressive is his 1.66 WHIP which balloons to 1.76 in his two starts at home.

Minnesota counters with Glen Perkins who has put together back-to-back poor outings so this is the time to jump on board.

He allowed nine runs in 11 innings over those two games which followed three straight quality outings to begin the season.

He has a 3.34 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in the five starts so he is pitching well overall and he will look to break his struggles against Baltimore as he was hit hard last season in two starts against the Orioles.

Minnesota has won 12 of the last 16 meetings in this series including eight of the last 10 in Baltimore.

Pick: Minnesota Twins (+102) available at Bodoglife.com

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