Minnesota Twins vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 5/20/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Blue Jays (20-23) at Minnesota Twins (10-30)
MLB Baseball: Friday, May 20, 2016 at 8:10 pm (Target Field)
A Sanchez (3-1) (3.29) vs. Tyler Duffey (1-2) (1.85)
The Line: Minnesota Twins +120 / Toronto Blue Jays -130 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN, RSN
Coming up in MLB action on Friday evening, we’ve got game two of the long weekend series between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Minnesota Twins at Target Field.
In Thursday’s opener of this four-game set, we had an 11-inning marathon on our hands. Toronto managed a run in the final frame to eke out a 3-2 victory. The Blue Jays out-hit the Twins 9-4 in that game.
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For Friday’s game, the Blue Jays will be rolling with right-hander Aaron Sanchez. It’s been a pretty good year for Sanchez over his eight games and 3-1 record, logging a 3.29 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP across 52 innings of work. On Sunday when we last saw him, Sanchez put up six runs on seven hits over 6.2 innings against the Rangers (no-decision).
The Toronto lineup is one of the most talked-about in the league. Kevin Pillar has come away with 41 hits and 15 RBI so far, while Michael Saunders has 42 hits with six homers. Josh Donaldson is also hitting pretty well with his 40 hits, 35 runs, nine homers and 21 RBI. In Thursday’s opener, Pillar, Saunders and Donaldson combined to go 1-for-13 with a run.
The Twins will be going with right-hander Tyler Duffey for Friday’s matchup. Duffey has four starts and a 1-2 record under his belt, logging a 1.85 ERA with a 1.11 WHIP in 24.1 innings. On Sunday in a win over the Indians, Duffey went seven innings of shutout ball, scattering six hits on the day.
The Minnesota batting order features a few notable names you’ll recognize. Joe Mauer heads things up with 38 hits and 11 runs. Eduardo Nunez has 36 hits and 15 runs to his credit. As for Byung Ho Park, he leads the team on nine homers with 15 RBI and 19 runs but is struggling a bit with his .233 BA. Park and Nunez combined to go 0-for-8 on Thursday, but Mauer logged a hit with an RBI.
The Blue Jays are 2-5 in their last seven game twos of a series, and 4-1 in Sanchez’s last five starts with four days of rest.
As for the Twins, they’re 1-5 in their last six game twos of a series, and 0-4 in their last four Friday games.
I’ll give the edge here to Toronto based on offense, but this should be a pretty good pitching matchup. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the under come in, gven the offensive struggles on both sides in the opener.