The Orioles have managed to lose two games in wildly different ways to start this series against the Twins, leaving them now needing to pick up a win to avoid a sweep. This is less embarrassing than, say, going 0-for the season against the Twins in 2015, when the Twins were bad. It seems that the 2017 Twins may be good. But the Orioles should still not get swept by the Twins, at home.
It won't be an easy task today. Young Twins starter Jose Berrios has spent the early parts of this season looking like he's living up to some of his prospect hype. After a stinker of a 2016 campaign, Berrios started out in Triple-A, where he laid waste to hitters over six starts before getting a big league promotion, where in his first two starts he has continued laying waste to hitters.
The good news is that it's going to be hard for the Orioles offense to be worse than it was yesterday. The bad news is that there is a lot of room for the Orioles offense to be better and the team to still end up losing the game. Chris Tillman, though his ERA is fine through three starts, has felt like he was skating on thin ice. It's probably better for you if you're stuck at work and can't watch this game.
|MINNESOTA TWINS||BALTIMORE ORIOLES|
|Brian Dozier - 2B||Seth Smith - RF|
|Jorge Polanco - SS||Adam Jones - CF|
|Miguel Sano - DH||Manny Machado - 3B|
|Max Kepler - RF||Mark Trumbo - DH|
|Kennys Vargas - 1B||Chris Davis - 1B|
|Eduardo Escobar - 3B||Trey Mancini - LF|
|Eddie Rosario - LF||Jonathan Schoop - 2B|
|Chris Gimenez - C||J.J. Hardy - SS|
|Byron Buxton - CF||Caleb Joseph - C|
|Jose Berrios - RHP||Chris Tillman - RHP|