Toronto Blue Jays vs. Minnesota Twins - 8/26/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Twins (49-78) at Toronto Blue Jays (71-55)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 26, 2016 at 7:07 pm (Rogers Centre)
Pat Dean (1-3) (5.48) vs. F Liriano (6-12) (5.14)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -190 / Minnesota Twins +180 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN, RSN
Headed our way in MLB action on Friday from Rogers Centre, we’ve got game one of the weekend series between the Minnesota Twins and the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Twins are coming off a set against the Tigers this week. Minnesota dropped the first two games, and in Thursday’s finale they were swept 8-5.
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As for the Blue Jays, they played the Angels this week. The two teams split the first two games, and in Thursday’s rubber match Toronto lost 6-3.
Taking the hill for the Twins on Friday will be LHP Pat Dean. In his 11 games (six starts) and 1-3 record this year, Dean holds a 5.48 ERA with a 1.50 WHIP in 46 innings. In his last start, Dean lasted just 2.1 innings against the Yankees, allowing eight hits and seven earned.
The Twins have a few good hitters up top. Brian Dozier has hit 128 times with 80 runs and 30 homers with 76 RBI. Joe Mauer has hit 118 times with 62 runs and 45 RBI. Miguel Sano holds 82 hits with 46 runs, 20 homers and 50 RBI.
Over on the Blue Jays’ side, we’ll be seeing LHP Francisco Liriano in the start Friday. In his 24 starts and 6-12 record this season, Liriano owns a 5.21 ERA with a 1.59 WHIP in 131.1 innings. Liriano put up a no-decision his last time out against Cleveland, going six innings with four hits and one earned.
The Blue Jays are no slouches at the plate, either. Josh Donaldson has logged 134 hits with 99 runs, 29 homers and 82 RBI. Edwin Encarnacion sits on 128 hits with 78 runs, 35 homers and 101 RBI. Kevin Pillar has hit 112 times with 46 runs and 45 RBI.
The Twins are 5-2 in their last seven against the American League East, and 5-2 in their last seven games against a left-handed starter. Minnesota is also 5-17 in their last 22 Friday gaems, and 0-6 in their last six overall.
Meanwhile, the Blue Jays are 1-4 in their last five against the American League Central, and 18-9 in their last 26 home games. Toronto is also 18-9 in their last 26 games on astroturf, and 11-3 in their last 14 home games versus a team with a road winning percentage of less than .400.
An at-home Toronto team versus a flailing Twins squad? I’ll take the Blue Jays all day long.