Minnesota Twins vs. Toronto Blue Jays Free Pick - 9/6/13
Toronto Blue Jays (64-76) at Minnesota Twins (61-77)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 6, 2013 at 8:10 pm (Target Field)
R.A. Dickey (R) (11-12) (4.295) vs. Michael Pelfrey (R) (5-10) (4.860)
The Line: Minnesota Twins +113 / Toronto Blue Jays -123 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-North, SNET
The Toronto Blue Jays venture south to square off with the Minnesota Twins at Target Field.
The Blue Jays might be playing their best baseball of the year, although it's much too late to make a difference this season. The work on the mound has been outstanding in this streak, with the offense being more clutch than productive. Neither was quite strong enough in Wednesday's 4-3 defeat in ten innings at Arizona. Mark Buehrle gave up three runs (two earned) over 6.1 frames with Luis Perez taking the loss. The bats struggled to get five hits, with Rajai Davis the bright spot with a homer and two RBI's. Knuckleballer RA Dickey takes the hill at Target Field to face Minnesota for the second time in 2013. Dickey has been up and down in his first season with the Blue Jays, recording an 11-12 record and 4.30 ERA.
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Minnesota has been all over the map this year, but generally inconsistent overall. Sometimes the pitching is good and sometimes the offense is good, but the hard part has been getting strong performances from both at the same time. The Twins are probably a few arms and bats away from being competitive on a steady basis so we shall see what the future holds. Starter Liam Hendricks struggled in a 6-5 loss to the Astros Wednesday, but didn't get help from his defense, with five runs allowed (three earned) on eight hits and a pair of BB in 4.1 frames before Brian Duensing gave up a 9th inning run for the loss. The Twins did get some mileage off of seven hits with Ryan Doumit going solo while Alex Pressley slammed a three run bomb. Mike Pelfrey is scheduled to take the ball in the series opener versus Toronto Friday. Pelfrey is either good or bad and it's been the latter the past three times out where he is 1-0 with a 2.41 ERA.
I smell danger on the mound with both guys doing great lately but both capable of disappointment. If Dickey has the butterfly pitch working he wins and if Pelfrey unexpectedly keeps throwing well he wins. No guarantee either way.