If ever there was a match made in heaven, it was Phil Hughes going against the Orioles offense. That's made in heaven for the Orioles offense, that is. For Hughes and any Twins fans, probably not so much.
The guy has always given up home runs like they're going out of style, and what's more, he has a small walk rate. That's sometimes a good thing for the O's because they don't walk anyway, so they can hack and if Hughes is throwing strikes it works out.
Whether that's how it'll go today is another story. It's not exactly home run weather. The tarp was on the field earlier in Minnesota and beat writers are already tweeting about how there's a small window in which they'll actually be able to play the game. Maybe it will end up being one of those five inning rain-shortened games or maybe the game won't even get that far and they'll have to restart it as part of a doubleheader on that random make-up date from Monday's rainout.
Color me puzzled as to why two lefties, Pedro Alvarez and Hyun Soo Kim, are on the bench against the righty Hughes. Whoever is in the lineup had better score against Hughes, though. And of course Tyler Wilson needs to keep a poor Twins offense in check. Well, good luck.
|BALTIMORE ORIOLES||MINNESOTA TWINS|
|Joey Rickard - LF||Joe Mauer - DH|
|Manny Machado - SS||Eduardo Nunez - SS|
|Adam Jones - CF||Brian Dozier - 2B|
|Chris Davis - 1B||Trevor Plouffe - 3B|
|Mark Trumbo - DH||Miguel Sano - RF|
|Nolan Reimold - RF||Byung-ho Park - 1B|
|Jonathan Schoop - 2B||Eddie Rosario - LF|
|Ryan Flaherty - 3B||Juan Centeno - C|
|Caleb Joseph - C||Danny Santana - CF|
|Tyler Wilson - RHP||Phil Hughes - RHP|