Orioles Series Preview: Home vs. Twins April 18th- April 21st

April 18, 2011 | John Collingsworth

The Baltimore Orioles (6-8) head home Monday for a 4-game set against the Minnesota Twins (5-10).

Both ball clubs are limping into this series as the Birds have dropped 7 straight and the Twins are 2-6 in their last 8 games.

The Orioles seemed to unwind in Cleveland as they were swept by the Tribe, possibly having a hang-over effect from last Thursday night’s heart breaker against the Yankees in extra innings. Being outscored 20-7 during the weekend versus the Indians, the O’s look to thump the Twins and get back on their winning ways.

Joe Mauer, Minnesota’s all-star catcher, went on the 15-day DL last Thursday with what is described as a  “bilateral leg weakness”. It is the same left leg in which he had arthroscopic surgery last season. Manager Ron Gardenhire had significantly reduced his playing time during spring training to avoid this very situation.

Justin Morneau is day-to-day with what the Twins are describing as flu-like symptoms.

The Orioles are also prone to make another roster move Monday as RHP Chris Jakubauskas will head to the DL and LHP Clay Rapada will be promoted from AAA-Norfolk to join Mike Gonzalez as the only two left handed pitchers in the bullpen.

Here are the three keys to this upcoming series:

1. The offense has to come alive vs. the struggling Twins pitching staff.

2. Britton must shine on national television Wednesday night.

3. Buck needs to get the Birds back on track and find a team leader for this ball club.

The official ‘WNST Weather Predictor’ for the O’s-Twins series.

Monday 7PM: Mostly Cloudy- High 68, Low 55 – Chance of rain in the morning, but Luke Scott will make the clouds part.

Tuesday 7PM: PM T-Storms- High 68, Low 59 – Do not let the rain bother you, there is always a possibility this might happen.

Wednesday 7PM: Isolated T-Storms- High 79, Low 56 – ESPN just confirmed that there will be no rain from 7pm-10pm. If the game has to be rescheduled then this guy will have to be the color analyst.

Thursday 7PM: Mostly Sunny- 63 High, 47 Low – Even Bob Turk cannot predict what the weather is going to be for this date.


(6 – 8)                                                                           (5-10)

Monday, April 18th 7:05pm EST

Orioles vs. Twins- Camden Yards

Chris Tillman (0-1, 7.30 ERA) vs. Francisco Liriano (0-3, 9.42 ERA)


Tuesday, April 19th 7:05pm EST

Orioles vs. Twins- Camden Yards

Jake Arrieta (1-1, 7.04 ERA) vs. Carl Pavano (1-1. 3.60 ERA)


Wednesday, April 20th 7:05pm EST – ESPN

Orioles vs. Twins- Camden Yards

Zach Britton (2-1, 2.75 ERA) vs. Nick Blackburn (1-2, 3.06 ERA)


Thursday, April 21st 7:05pm EST

Orioles vs. Twins- Camden Yards

Jeremy Guthrie (1-2, 3.32 ERA) vs. Scott Baker (0-2, 4.50 ERA)

Baltimore Orioles Projected Lineup and 2011 STATS

1. Brian Roberts- 2B

.267 AVG / 2 2B / 3 HR / 11 RBI (7th in AL)

2. Nick Markakis- RF

.222 AVG / 2 2B / 2 HR / 6 RBI

3. Derrek Lee- 1B

.212 AVG / 1 2B / 1 HR / 2 RBI

4. Vladimir Guerrero- DH

.259 AVG / 1 2B /1 HR / 4 RBI

5. Luke Scott- LF

.200 AVG / 2 2B / 1 HR / 3 RBI

6. Adam Jones- CF

.204 AVG / 0 2B / 2 HR / 5 RBI

7. Mark Reynolds- 3B

.239 AVG / 5 2B (7th in AL) / 1 HR / 10 RBI

8. Matt Wieters- C

.205 AVG / 1 2B / 1 HR / 2 RBI

9. Cesar Izturis- SS

.235 AVG / 0 2B / 0 HR / 1 RBI

Minnesota Twins Projected Lineup and 2011 STATS

1. Denard Span- CF

.339 AVG (10th in AL) / 2 2B / 1 HR / 5 RBI

2. Matt Tolbert- SS

.250 AVG / 1 2B / 0 HR / 2 RBI

3. Jason Kubel- RF

.321 AVG / 4 2B / 2 HR / 4 RBI

4. Justin Morneau- 1B (day-to-day with the flu)

.208 AVG / 5 2B (7th in AL) / 0 HR / 3 RBI

5. Delmon Young- LF

.222 AVG / 3 2B / 0 HR / 6 RBI

6. Jim Thome- DH

.200 AVG / 2 2B / 1 HR / 5 RBI

7. Michael Cuddyer- 2B

.208 AVG / 2 2B / 0 HR / 0 RBI

8. Danny Velencia- 3B

.216 AVG / 1 2B / 1 HR / 5 RBI

9. Steve Holm- C

.286 AVG / 1 2B / 0 HR / 0 RBI

If you are stuck at work, and want the latest information during the O’s game from the experts, then head online and enter the Orange Crush Live Chat with Luke Jones Monday-Thursday at 7PM!!!!!!

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