Minnesota Twins vs. Toronto Blue Jays Pick-Odds-Predictions 4/15/14
Toronto Blue Jays (7-6) at Minnesota Twins (6-6)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Target Field)
Brandon Morrow (R) (1-1) (5.727) vs. Philip Hughes (R) (0-0) (7.200)
The Line: Minnesota Twins +125 / Toronto Blue Jays -135 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: SNET, FS-North
The Toronto Blue Jays play the Minnesota Twins at Target Field on Tuesday night.
The Toronto Blue Jays improved to 7-6 on the season after beating Baltimore 11-3 on Sunday afternoon. The Blue Jays took two of three from the Orioles following a series win over Houston at home last week. On the season, Melky Cabrera leads the Blue Jays with a .328 batting average along with 4 homeruns and 5 RBIs. Jose Bautista is hitting .225, but has 5 home runs and 9 RBIs, along with an OBP of .446. Adam Lind has played well so far this season, hitting .313 to go along with 6 RBIs. As a team, the Blue Jays are hitting only .228 with 52 total runs so far this season. Brandon Morrow will take the hill for Toronto as they face the Twins on Tuesday. Morrow is 1-1 in his first two starts and has struck out 13 batters in 11 innings of work. Morrow has given up 7 runs and has only walked 2 batters this season. In the past, Morrow has pitched well against the Twins and the players that are in their lineup.
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The Minnesota Twins improved to 6-6 on the season after beating Kansas City at home on Sunday 4-3. The Twins completed a sweep of the Royals on Sunday after getting swept by Oakland last week. Minnesota is batting .240 as a team this year to go along with 67 runs scored, which ranks 3rd in the league. Jason Kubel has the highest batting average at .385, while Trevor Plouffe is batting .326 with 8 RBIs. Josh Willingham is batting .294 and Joe Mauer is batting .286 with 1 home run and 4 RBIs. Phil Hughes has had two no decisions in his first two outings this season. Hughes allowed 4 runs in 5 innings of work in both games. Hughes has struck out 10 batters and walked 4 in 10 innings of work this season. Hughes has struggled against the Toronto lineup in the past.
Minnesota played well against Kansas City this past weekend, while Toronto took two of three from the Orioles on the road. I think Toronto has the better lineup and specifically the better pitcher in this opening game of the series. The Blue Jays get the win on the road Tuesday night.