Orioles on deck: What to watch Monday vs. Twins, plus series matchups

Orioles (25-17) vs. Twins (22-18)

Where: Camden Yards


First pitch: 7:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN/105.7 FM


Starting pitchers: Orioles RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (1-2, 6.52 ERA) vs. Twins RHP Kyle Gibson (0-4, 8.20 ERA)

Series matchup

Offense (MLB rank)

Runs per game: Orioles (4.69, 14th); Twins (4.42, 21st)


Average: Orioles (.258, 12th); Twins (.244, 19th)

Home runs: Orioles (61, t-eighth); Twins (46, 23rd)

OPS: Orioles (.745, 13th); Twins (.738, 16th)

Pitching (MLB rank)

Team ERA: Orioles (4.15, 14th); Twins (4.21, 15th)

Starters' ERA: Orioles (4.36, 16th); Twins (4.18, 11th)

Bullpen ERA: Orioles (3.83, 11th); Twins (4.33, 20th)

Fielding (MLB rank)

Fielding percentage: Orioles (.985, ninth); Twins (.990, second)

Errors: Orioles (25, 12th fewest); Twins (14, second fewest)

UZR/150: Orioles (-3.4, 19th); Twins (11.0, third)

Defensive runs saved: Orioles (2, 12th); Twins (27, first)

What to watch

1. Pass the baton. It was a good weekend for the Orioles pitching staff, which allowed just 3.67 runs per game after giving up 7.3 per game the previous series in Detroit. The key was a good weekend from the rotation, which provided three quality starts in a row and a 2.37 ERA. Ubaldo Jimenez has just one quality start in eight games this season. Can he keep the team's streak going by providing No. 2?

2. Adam's apples. Adam Jones has quietly returned to hitting well over the past 10 games, batting .319/.347/.532 with three homers and five RBIs after his three-hit, one-homer day Sunday. Before that stretch, Jones' average had sunk to .260 and his OPS to .700. They have since rebounded to .276 and .748, respectively.

3. Fielding foe. The Twins send a pitcher to the mound tonight that would have the worst ERA in the majors, by far, if he had enough innings to qualify. But helping to negate that problem is a defense that by almost every metric is one of the two or three best in baseball. The Twins field, and play mistake-free, with the best of them. The Orioles might need their power bats to clear the fences to make it two series wins in a row.

Orioles lineup

RF Seth Smith

CF Adam Jones

3B Manny Machado

DH Mark Trumbo

1B Chris Davis

C Welington Castillo

LF Trey Mancini

2B Jonathan Schoop

SS J.J. Hardy

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