It's well known that any MLB games played outside of the Eastern time zone are just not natural. That's what we have to contend with tonight as the Orioles are in Minnesota to play the Twins.
The good news is that the Twins have one of the worst offenses in the American League. Their .678 OPS as a team ranks them 12th out of 15 teams. That's a full 100 points lower than the Orioles team OPS. The bad news is... well, I'm not really sure yet but there's probably some bad news to be found somewhere tonight.
Maybe it's that Adam Jones continues to sit at the #3 spot in the lineup. He's not getting any better up there. He's tied for the MLB lead in grounding into double plays with eight, and both of the players he's tied with have 30+ more plate appearances than Jones does.
One thing noteworthy about this game is that Matt Wieters is catching a game for a third consecutive day. That's partly due to Saturday's doubleheader, but it's still an interesting development. Is this a sign he's finally going to start playing more? That would be more exciting if he was batting better than a sub-Izturisian .211/.282/.282.
|BALTIMORE ORIOLES||MINNESOTA TWINS|
|Joey Rickard - LF||Joe Mauer - 1B|
|Manny Machado - SS||Eduardo Nunez - SS|
|Adam Jones - CF||Brian Dozier - 2B|
|Chris Davis - 1B||Trevor Plouffe - 3B|
|Mark Trumbo - RF||Miguel Sano - RF|
|Matt Wieters - C||Byung-ho Park - DH|
|Pedro Alvarez - DH||Oswaldo Arcia - LF|
|Jonathan Schoop - 2B||Kurt Suzuki - C|
|Ryan Flaherty - 3B||Danny Santana - CF|
|Tyler Wilson - RHP||Jose Berrios - RHP|