A pair of teams from the American League kick off an early week series in the Twin Cities. The Toronto Blue Jays are on the road as they open a four-game set with the Minnesota Twins Monday night. Toronto dropped the rubber game of their home set with the Rays, losing 8-4 on Sunday afternoon. Minnesota swept a weather-shortened home set with the Tigers, prevailing 6-4 in the finale of that series Sunday afternoon. The Twins took four of the six meetings between the teams last season though the Blue Jays took two of three here.
Toronto Blue Jays Looking to Get Back in Win Column
Toronto lost for the seventh time in their last nine games as they were knocked off in the rubber game of their series with Tampa Bay Sunday afternoon. The Blue Jays enter this contest seven games behind the Rays for the top spot in the AL East race. Toronto got three hits from Billy McKinney (two runs, two RBI) while Freddy Galvis (run, two RBI) added two in the loss. Galvis (his fifth) and McKinney (his first) each homered in the contest. Marcus Stroman (0-3) took the loss on the mound as he allowed three runs (none earned) on three hits with four walks and five strikeouts over four innings.
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) April 14, 2019
Matt Shoemaker makes his fourth start of the year for the Blue Jays looking to maintain his strong start. He comes in 3-0 with a 0.92 ERA, a 0.712 WHIP, five walks and 19 strikeouts over 19.2 innings of work this season. Shoemaker comes in off a win in his last start, which came on the road against Boston Tuesday night. He threw 5.2 innings, allowing four runs (two earned) on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts in a 7-5 Toronto victory. Shoemaker makes his fifth career start against the Twins in this contest. He is 2-1 with a 4.05 ERA, a 1.50 WHIP, 11 walks and 18 strikeouts over 20 innings of work. Shoemaker is 0-1 with an 8.22 ERA, a 2.217 WHIP, five walks and three strikeouts over 7.2 innings in two career starts at Target Field.
Minnesota Twins Trying to Maintain AL Central Edge
Minnesota swept a weekend set that was shortened to two games by weather as they prevailed Sunday afternoon. The Twins enter this one 1.5 games ahead of the Indians and Tigers in the AL Central race. Minnesota got three hits from Eddie Rosario (two runs, two RBI) while Jorge Polanco, Nelson Cruz (run), Mitch Garver (run) and Byron Buxton (RBI) each had two. Rosario (his third) and C.J. Cron (his first) each homered in the victory. Jose Berrios (2-1) picked up the win on the mound as he allowed two runs on four hits with a walk and seven strikeouts over 6.2 innings. Trevor Hildenberger struck out the only two hitters he faced, with the bases loaded, for his first save.
— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) April 14, 2019
Martin Perez is expected to get the ball for his fourth appearance and first start of the season for the Twins here. He is 1-0 with a 7.56 ERA, a 2.40 WHIP, nine walks and 12 strikeouts over 8.1 innings of work on the year. Perez didn’t factor in the decision in his last outing, which came in relief against the Mets on the road Wednesday. He threw two innings, allowing three runs on three hits with two walks and four strikeouts in a 9-6 Twins defeat. Perez logs his fifth career start against the Blue Jays in this contest. He is 1-2 with a 3.38 ERA, a 1.641 WHIP, 12 walks and 12 strikeouts over 21.1 innings of work. Perez is 1-1 with a 7.04 ERA, a 1.761 WHIP, eight walks and 12 strikeouts over 15.1 innings in three career appearances, two starts, at Target Field.
- Blue Jays are 26-12 in the last 38 meetings in Minnesota
- Twins are 6-15 in their last 21 games vs. a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15
- Twins are 1-4 in their last 5 Monday games