Toronto Blue Jays (68-78 SU, 65-74-7 O/U) v. Minnesota Twins (76-69 SU, 66-70-9 O/U) at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Thursday, September 14th, 2017 at 8:10 p.m. EST
Starting Pitchers: Brett Anderson 3-3, 5.90 ERA, 1.61 WHIP (TOR) v. Jose Berrios 12-7, 3.94 ERA, 1.17 WHIP (MIN)
Money Line: Toronto Blue Jays +155 | Minnesota Twins -170
The Minnesota Twins are hosting the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday night. The Twins are fighting for a spot in the postseason. They’re hanging on to the second slot in the American League Wild Card. The Twins own a 2.0 game lead over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Blue Jays, on the other hand, have had a disappointing year. They’re 8 games behind the Twins in the AL Wild Card race. Which one of these clubs will add a win to their record on Thursday?
Jays fall to the Orioles
The Toronto Blue Jays came up short in a 2-1 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night. The Jays couldn’t get anything going at the plate. They finished the Wednesday’s game with only 7 hits. Toronto’s lineup has struggled throughout the season. The Blue Jays have only scored 620 runs in 2017, which is the fifth-fewest runs scored in either league.
Brett Anderson will get the nod for the Jays on Thursday. Anderson hasn’t seen a ton of action this season, and he has had a pretty mediocre year. The veteran southpaw picked up his first win as a Blue Jay in his most recent start against the Detroit Tigers. He gave up just 5 hits and 2 runs in six innings in othe victory over the Tigers. Anderson will look to win his second consecutive as he takes on the Twins in Minnesota on Thursday.
Twins top the Padres
The Minnesota Twins picked up a crucial 3-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday. It was Minnesota’s second consecutive win, and they swept the Padres in a two-game series. The game was tied at 1-1 until the bottom of the 10th inning when Eddie Rosario cranked out a two-run walk-off home run to win the game for the Twins. It was Rosario’s 23rd home run of the season. The Twins are hoping that he can contribute in a big way once again in this matchup with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Jose Berrios will be Minnesota’s starter on Thursday night. Berrios has made huge strides in his second year as a pro. He had a nice start against the Royals in Kansas City the last time he took the hill. He only gave up 2 runs in seven innings in a no-decision against the Royals. Berrios been phenomenal at home this season. He’ll try to win his eighth consecutive decision at Target Field on Thursday as he faces off with Toronto’s lineup.
The Toronto Blue Jays are:
- 4-10 in their last 14 road games.
- 8-20 in their last 28 vs. a team with a winning record.
- 2-5 in their last 7 when their opponent allows 2 runs or less in their previous game.
- 3-8 in their last 11 games on grass.
- 4-12 in their last 16 road games vs. a team with a winning record.
The Minnesota Twins are:
- 6-0 in their last 6 home games vs. a left-handed starter.
- 4-0 in their last 4 when their opponent scores 2 runs or less in their previous game.
- 10-2 in their last 12 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
- 5-0 in Berrios’ last 5 home starts vs. a team with a losing record.
- 7-0 in Berrios’ last 7 home starts.
Jose Berrios has had a terrific season, and he’s been virtually unbeatable in Minneapolis this year. Berrios has an 8-1 record in 9 starts at Target Field in 2017. The young right-hander has a 2.54 ERA at home this season. The Twins have won 10 of their last dozen games at Target Field, while the Blue Jays have lost three of their last four games on the road. I like the Minnesota Twins to top the Toronto Blue Jays behind a strong outing from Jose Berrios.