(MLB) Baltimore vs. Minnesota, 07/02/2022 2:10 PM, Score: 3 - 4
Point Spread: -1.50 | -110.00 Minnesota (Home)
Result: Loss
9* Run Line Minnesota (2:10 ET): First off, please note that this is a run line play only where I’m backing the Twins -1.5. The home team opened the series with a one-run win yesterday, 3-2. Obviously, I’m looking for a bigger win today. While the Orioles had been surprisingly competitive over the last month, they’ve now lost three straight and remember that this is a club destined for last place in the AL East. FanGraphs even has them with the lowest projected win percentage for the remainder of the season. Meanwhile, the Twins are a team looking to win the AL Central pennant. Should be a big win Saturday afternoon.

The Twins still have a 1.5 game lead over Cleveland in the division, but that lead was cut after B2B walkoff losses to the Guardians. Last night was Minnesota’s chance for late game theatrics as Byron Buxton walked off with a two-run HR in the bottom of the ninth. So that’s three consecutive games that have come down to the final at-bat. Considering today’s pitching matchup, I’d be shocked if that streak continues. Sonny Gray goes for the Twins and he has been red hot on the mound of late with a 1.69 ERA and 0.937 WHIP his L3 starts. Gray has gone at least five innings while allowing two runs or fewer in five of his last six starts. He tossed seven shutout innings his last time out.

Baltimore’s Jordan Lyles seems to be trending in the opposite direction and he has a 6.47 ERA and 1.541 WHIP on the road for the season. Speaking of the road, this is the O’s third consecutive series away from home and fatigue could be starting to set in. Twins’ pitching has been great recently with five or fewer hits allowed in the last six games. Baltimore has not done well against righties this year (3.9 rpg) and is batting below .220 in its last eight games overall. 9* Run Line Minnesota (-1.5)