Minnesota Twins vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 5/22/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Blue Jays (21-24) at Minnesota Twins (11-31)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 2:10 pm (Target Field)
M Stroman (4-1) (4.23) vs. P Hughes (1-6) (5.70)
The Line: Minnesota Twins +145 / Toronto Blue Jays -155 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN, RSN
Wrapping up a weekend series at Target Field on Sunday, the Toronto Blue Jays and the Minnesota Twins will be clashing once again.
This will mark the end of a four-game set. The Blue Jays took game one Thursday 3-2, then won Friday’s matchup 9-3. On Saturday, Minnesota bagged a win, this one 5-3.
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For Sunday’s game, the Blue Jays will be turning to right-hander Marcus Stroman. In his nine starts and 4-1 record this season, Stroman has posted a 4.23 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP over 61.2 innings. On Tuesday in his last outing, Stroman was beat up by the Rays for 13 hits and seven runs in 5.2 innings.
Toronto boasts one of the most stacked batting orders in the league. Michael Saunders heads the charge on 46 hits with 22 runs. Saunders slapped a solo home run in Saturday’s game. Josh Donaldson has smacked 10 homers with 36 runs and 23 RBI. Edwin Encarnacion has 32 RBI with 19 runs on 43 hits.
As for the Twins, we’ll get a look at right-hander Phil Hughes as their starter on Sunday. In eight starts and a 1-6 record, Hughes owns a 5.70 ERA with a 1.29 WHIP in 42.2 innings. Tuesday in a no-decision against the Tigers, Hughes pitched pretty well with one run over 6.1 innings of work.
The Minnesota hitters aren’t exactly breakout swingers, but they’re fairly even overall. Joe Mauer has 39 hits with 11 runs and 11 RBI to his credit. Eduardo Nunez has logged 39 hits with 16 runs. Nunez went 2-for-4 with three RBI and a run on Saturday. Miguel Sano has seven homers with 19 RBI and 18 runs on 35 hits, but came up empty Saturday.
The Blue Jays are 6-2 in their last eight Sunday games, and 15-6 in Stroman’s last 21 starts.
Meanwhile, the Twins are 4-0 in their last four game fours of a series, and 7-2 in Hughes last nine Sunday starts.
Despite his solid effort his last time out, I don’t have a whole lot of faith in Hughes. I’ll take Stroman and the Blue Jays here to close out on a win.