Toronto on the Move in the American League
The Toronto Blue Jays have the best record in the American League since the MLB All-Star Game.
Toronto leads the AL with a team ERA of 2.94 over the last 11 games and going 5 for 5 on save opportunities has helped as well. Toronto also leads the AL with a .281 batting average and only the AL East-leading New York Yankees has a better slugging percentage among AL teams than Toronto. The Blue Jays have won eight of 11 to move into second place in the AL East and currently have the best record among non-AL division leaders.
It’s been a different deal for Minnesota, which only leads Cleveland by one game and the Chicago White Sox by two in a tightly contested AL Central race.
Minnesota is 5-5 since play resumed following the All-Star Game. The Twins have a team ERA of 4.83 with only the Seattle Mariners and Boston Red Sox struggling more in the pitching department during that stretch.
In the American League, only the New York Yankees and Houston Astros have better odds to win the World Series than Toronto’s mark of +1400. Minnesota checks in at +5000, second among AL Central teams.
Minnesota (+125) still has a slight edge on the White Sox (+135) in the odds to win the AL Central.
Blue Jays vs Twins Game Information
- Matchup: Toronto 58-46 (second in the AL East) Minnesota 55-49 (first in the AL Central)
- Location: Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Blue Jays vs Twins Probable Starting Pitchers
Thursday: Alek Manoah (Blue Jays) Sonny Gray (Twins)
Friday: Jose Berrios (Blue Jays) TBA
Saturday: TBA; Dylan Bundy (Twins)
Sunday: Kevin Gausman (Blue Jays) Chris Archer (Twins)
Blue Jays Bats Waking Up
It has been a struggle at times for the Blue Jays offensively this season; however, since the All-Star break, it has been a different story and that is why the Blue Jays vs Twins series odds favor the visitors.
Certainly, a 28-run outburst against the slumping Red Sox has helped, but when looking at the Toronto Blue Jays stats, four players are hitting .325 or better over the last 11 games.
Vladimir Guerrero leads the way with a .405 average to go with four stolen bases. Matt Chapman is batting .378 with 11 runs, five home runs, and 12 RBIs. Lourdes Gurriel (.350 batting average) and Teoscar Hernandez (.325 average, 10 runs, three doubles, three home runs, and eight RBIs) have also played key roles for the surging Blue Jays.
Correa, Sanchez Must Get Going for Twins
Before the season began, plenty of eyes were on key offseason additions Carlos Correa and Gary Sanchez. With the once comfortable division lead on the verge of disappearing, the Twins could use a little bit more from those two.
Since returning to play following the all-star break, Correa is hitting .179 with four RBIs in 10 games. It should be noted that three of his hits have been for extra bases. Sanchez is hitting .154 with one extra-base hit.
If not for the red-hot Jose Miranda and the surprising Nick Gordon, the Twins would be in big trouble in the offensive production department. He will need some help if the Minnesota Twins standings are to remain in first place in the AL Central.
- Jose Berrios, Blue Jays P: Berrios has allowed two runs or less in four of his last six starts. He gave up three hits and one run in his last outing.
- Matt Chapman, Blue Jays 3B: Chapman has at least two hits in seven of his last 14 games with eight home runs and 15 RBIs.
- Jhoan Duran, Twins P: Duran hasn’t allowed a run in his last seven games. He has allowed five hits with 11 strikeouts in eight innings during that stretch.
- Jose Miranda, Twins 1B: Miranda is hitting .395 with two home runs, and 10 RBIs in his last 10 games.
- Chris Archer, Twins P: Archer has a 9.82 ERA in 7.1 innings during his last two starts.
- Alek Manoah, Blue Jays P: Manoah matched his season-high with four runs allowed in his last start.
- Alejandro Kirk, Blue Jays C: Kirk has three hits in his last 17 at-bats over a five-game stretch.
- Gary Sanchez, Twins C: Sanchez is hitting .154 with one extra-base hit and 10 strikeouts in his last eight games.
Blue Jays vs Twins Injury Update
Toronto outfielder George Springer is questionable after missing the last three games as a result of right elbow discomfort. Pitchers Julian Merryweather (oblique), Nate Pearson (back), and Tayler Saucedo (hip) are all currently sidelined.
For the Twins, player and outfielder Kyle Garlick (ribs) is questionable. Catcher Ryan Jeffers (thumb), outfielder Max Kepler (toe), outfielder Alex Kirilloff (wrist), and infielder Miguel Sano (knee) are out indefinitely. Outfielder Gilberto Celestino is on paternity leave. Outfielder Trevor Larnach (abdominal) could return to action later this month. Pitcher Bailey Ober (groin) is closing in on his return.
Blue Jays vs Twins Betting Analysis
Just a look at the current injury report will show why visiting Toronto is favored in the division-leading Twins according to the Blue Jays vs Twins series odds.
Other than the matchup between Manoah and Gray, there are plenty of questions when it comes to the starting pitching matchups. Each team has one starter it has yet to name while Kevin Gausman and Chris Archer, set to square off in Sunday’s series finale, have had some issues recently.
The total has gone under in five of the last six games when Toronto plays at Minnesota while each of the Blue Jays’ last seven games finished under the total. Only five of Minnesota’s last 16 home games have gone over the total.
The Twins hit .312 with eight home runs in the first three games against Toronto this season. Miranda (.417 average, two home runs) has led the way. Kirk is batting .429 against Minnesota this season.Follow us on Twitter