Toronto Blue Jays vs. Minnesota Twins MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/9/14
Minnesota Twins (29-31) at Toronto Blue Jays (38-25)
MLB Baseball: Monday, June 9, 2014 at 7:07 pm (Rogers Centre)
Ricky Nolasco (R) (4-5) (5.645) vs. R.A. Dickey (R) (6-4) (4.252)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -180 / Minnesota Twins +170 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-N, SNET
The Minnesota Twins and Toronto Blue Jays will begin a three-game series on Monday night.
The Twins have lost four of their last seven games and were just crushed Sunday against the Houston Astros, 14-5. Of course, pitching has been an issue for the Twins, as their staff has allowed four or more runs in six of their last seven games and has an ERA of 4.40. However, the Twins offense continues to produce and are a solid 26-12 when scoring more than three runs. Trevor Plouffe has 10 hits in as many games and Brian Dozier has scored nine runs in his last nine games. Ricky Nolasco takes the mound, and he’s 4-5 with a 5.65 ERA and has 50 strikeouts in 73.1 innings. Nolasco is 0-0 with a 3.09 ERA in two career starts against the Blue Jays.
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The Blue Jays have won six of their last eight games, but did just lose two of three games to the St. Louis Cardinals. Despite having an ERA of 3.99, the Blue Jays have allowed three or fewer runs in six of their last eight games. The Blue Jays are 31-1 when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Melky Cabrera has 11 hits in his last 10 games. R.A. Dickey will start, and he’s 6-4 with a 4.25 ERA and has 65 strikeouts in 78.1 innings. Dickey is 2-3 with a 6.58 ERA in 10 career games against the Twins.
The Twins are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series and 41-84 in their last 125 vs. American League East. The Blue Jays are 7-1 in their last 8 during game 1 of a series and 5-1 in Dickey's last 6 home starts. The Twins are 7-21 in the last 28 meetings in Toronto.
The over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams. With the way both teams put runs on the board, that's the direction I'm going in this matchup.