Toronto Blue Jays (14-11) vs Minnesota Twins (8-13)Date : 04/30/2018
Time : 8:10 PM
Location : Target Field
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Toronto Blue Jays vs Minnesota Twins
The Minnesota Twins are set to open another home series as they will host an American League foe in the Toronto Blue Jays for a 3 game series. These two teams won’t meet again until 7/23 where Minnesota will travel north of the border and take on Toronto.
Toronto Blue Jays's Latest Performance :
Blue Jays Drop Close Games
The Toronto Blue Jays were one of the more surprising teams of 2018 as they started off the year really well, but the Blue Jays dropped 3 consecutive games by 2 runs or less which has the New York Yankees a couple of games up on the Blue Jays for the 2nd spot in the AL East. The Blue Jays have enjoyed a good year out of their bats as 12 guys have hit a HR in 2018, but the Blue Jays are missing the production out of their newly acquired OF in Randal Grichuk. Grichuk came over to Toronto from St. Louis this past offseason where he enjoyed his 2nd consecutive year with 20+ HRs, but his new landing spot hasn’t been as kind to him. Grichuk probably couldn’t hit a beach ball if presented the opportunity as he is batting .079 on the season. With Grichuk struggling, the Blue Jays have seen other outfielders overshadow him as Teoscar Hernandez, Curtis Granderson, and Kevin Pillar have enjoyed a good year from the plate as the trio is all batting over .300. The starting pitchers have been another thing that has held the Blue Jays back from being on top of the division as the rotation averages a 5.27 ERA. The Blue Jays have relied on their bullpen to stop the bleeding and Tyler Clippard has done just that for the Blue Jays as he has appeared in 14 games this season while posting a 2.03 ERA as well as a record of 3-0.
Minnesota Twins's Latest Performance :
Can The Twins Rebound?
The Minnesota Twins have not lived up to expectations in 2018 as we thought this team was a for sure contender in the AL Central, and after a rough road series we gave the Twins the benefit of the doubt that the will return back to relevancy in a home series against one of the worst teams in the MLB as they took on the Cincinnati Reds. After the first game of the series, we have started to turn our head to the Minnesota Twins making the playoffs as they have extended their losing streak to 8 games after losing 15-9. The Twins weren’t able to keep one of the worst hitting teams in the MLB off the scoreboard as they gave up 15 runs on 20 hits. The Twins received awful pitching in Phil Hughes 2nd start of the season as he gave up 4 earned runs in only 3.2 innings of work. The bleeding didn’t stop there though as the combination of relievers Tyler Duffey and David Hale gave the Twins 3.1 innings of work in where they allowed 8 runs to come across the plate. The one thing that the Twins can take out of this game was a positive outing from their struggling slugger, Logan Morrison. Morrison has struggled for most of the season as he has not been able to match his 38 HR season from 2017, but Morrison was able to hit his 2nd HR of the season off the Reds as he went 2 for 5 from the plate with 1 HR and 3 RBIs.
How Toronto Blue Jays & Minnesota Twins Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Toronto is 14-11, 6-5 on the road.
Minnesota is 8-13, 5-4 at home.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
The probable starting pitchers for this matchup is as follows: Aaron Sanchez (1-2, 3.69 ERA) for the Toronto Blue Jays vs. Lance Lynn (0-2, 7.71 ERA) for the Minnesota Twins.
Sanchez last started on 4/25 against the Red Sox where he went 6 innings giving up 2 earned runs on 3 hits in a ND.
Lynn last started on 4/25 against the Yankees where he went 3.2 innings giving up 6 earned runs on 7 hits in a L.
Toronto ranks in the top 5 in runs scored while Minnesota ranks in the bottom 5.
Toronto ranks 15th in team ERA while Minnesota ranks in the bottom 3.
Against The Spread Selection: Toronto Blue Jays
My reason for the pick :
The Blue Jays have been pretty good for most of the season and given the close games that they have played over the last week this team is waiting to explode for runs and this might be the game they do it as Lynn has struggled. Sanchez had a really good outing last go around as he was able to strikeout a good Red Sox lineup 8 times. The Blue Jays should have a field day on the Twins who have not been really good for bettors this season. Toronto wins on the road.
Betting trends for Toronto Blue Jays:
- Toronto is 6-1 against the AL Central this season.
- The over is 7-4-1 as the favorite this season.
Betting trends for Minnesota Twins:
- Minnesota is 6-12 against teams outside the AL Central.
- The under is 4-3 at home this season.