Toronto Blue Jays vs. Minnesota Twins, 5-2-18 – Pick & Preview




Toronto Blue Jays vs. Minnesota Twins, 5-2-18 – Pick & Preview

Toronto Blue Jays (15-12) vs Minnesota Twins (9-14)

Date : 05/02/2018
Time : 1:10 PM
Location : Target Field

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Toronto Blue Jays vs Minnesota Twins

The Minnesota Twins return to Target Field for a 1:10 first pitch in what is game 3 of a 3 game home series in a matchup between American League opponents as they will host the Toronto Blue Jays. These two teams will not meet again until 7/23 when Toronto will host Minnesota for another 3 game series.

Toronto Blue Jays's Latest Performance :

Another Good Outing From Happ

The Toronto Blue Jays found themselves off to one of the best starts in baseball as they were only trailing the Boston Red Sox, but the Blue Jays blinked and now find themselves in 3rd place in the AL East due to the hot-hitting Yankees coming alive. The Toronto Blue Jays were given the opportunity to pick up some garbage wins against the Texas Rangers and now the Minnesota Twins which will be a vital turning point for this team to climb back into the AL East race. The Blue Jays have been led all season by 12-year starter J.A. Happ who is enjoying one of his best years yet. Happ got the start in a 4/29 matchup against the Texas Rangers where he went 7 innings striking out 9 guys in route to his 4th victory of the season. J.A. Happ is now 4-1 with a 3.50 ERA which is a positive sight to see as Happ struggled to find himself in 2017 as he only went 10-11. Happ is only 2 seasons removed from his career year where he posted a 20-4 record which also happened to be the Blue Jays last playoff appearance. Happ has some big guns behind him that come out of the bullpen as John Axford, Danny Barnes, Tyler Clippard, and Ryan Tepera have all been solid for the Blue Jays as the 4 guys combine for a 2.04 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 53 innings of relief work.

Minnesota Twins's Latest Performance :

What Is Going On In Minnesota?

The Minnesota Twins have not looked anywhere close to their 2017 playoff selves as they more so look like the team that only won 59 games in 2016 as this team has lost 9 out of their last 10 games. The Minnesota Twins may have been able to get by with the excuse that they were playing on the road, but after dropping a 3 game set to the Cincinnati Reds at home the Twins may have some identity searching to do. The Twins best players have gone into a slump which may accredit some of the losing efforts as Brian Dozier and Miguel Sano have struggled to get much of anything generated from the plate. Brian Dozier entered last week on a 20+ game hit streak, but over the last 7 games, Dozier has struggled as he only is hitting .138 with 1 RBI. Sano on the other hand, may have 5 HRs but has struggled to hit the ball outside of his HRs as he is batting .213 and has a strikeout problem as he is creeping up on 40. The Twins have also struggled to find some consistency with the back end of their rotation as Lance Lynn and Phil Hughes have struggled with their command. Phil Hughes and Lance Lynn have started in a combined 6 games but the duo has a record of 0-2 and an ERA of a 7.71 which is unusual for guys who have had their fair share of time in the MLB. The Twins will need to tighten up as they have no room for error in a deep American League.

How Toronto Blue Jays & Minnesota Twins Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

Toronto is 15-12, 6-5 on the road.

Minnesota is 9-14, 6-5 at home.

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

The probable starting pitchers for this matchup is as follows: Marcus Stroman (0-3, 8.88 ERA) for the Toronto Blue Jays vs. Phil Hughes (0-0, 7.71 ERA) for the Minnesota Twins.

Stroman last started on 4/27 against the Rangers where he went 5.1 innings giving up 6 earned runs on 8 hits in a L.

Hughes last started on 4/27 against the Reds where he went 3.2 innings giving up 4 earned runs on 5 hits in a ND.

Toronto ranks in the top 5 in runs scored while Minnesota ranks in the bottom 3.

Toronto ranks in the bottom 15 in team ERA while Minnesota ranks in the bottom 3.

Against The Spread Selection: Toronto Blue Jays

My reason for the pick :

Marcus Stroman was once an elite pitcher for the Blue Jays and it’s time he starts to get back on track, and what better way to revive your season than going against a bottom 3 ranking team in the Minnesota Twins. The Blue Jays have a top 5 offense and get to go against Phil Hughes who has struggled ever since returning from injury and they should have a field day in this one. Toronto picks up a win.

Betting trends for Toronto Blue Jays:

  • Toronto is 7-4 in day games this season.

  • The over is 8-3-2 against AL opponents outside the AL East.

Betting trends for Minnesota Twins:

  • Minnesota is 2-8 against AL East opponents this season.

  • The under is 3-1 as home underdogs this season.

Anthony

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