Toronto Blue Jays vs. Minnesota Twins - 8/27/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Twins (49-78) at Toronto Blue Jays (71-56)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 1:07 pm (Rogers Centre)
E Santana (6-10) (3.39) vs. M Stroman (9-5) (4.47)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -186 / Minnesota Twins +176 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN, RSN
Up at Rogers Centre on Saturday, the MLB is bringing us another installment of the Minnesota Twins and Toronto Blue Jays series.
This will be the second game of the set. On Friday, the Blue Jays secured a 15-8 victory.
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Pitching for the Twins on Saturday will be RHP Ervin Santana. In his 23 games and 6-10 record, Santana has put up a 3.39 ERA with a 1.19 WHIP in 140.2 innings. Santana recorded a loss his last time out, going seven innings with four hits and one run against KC.
It’s pretty easy to find the stars on the Twins’ lineup. Brian Dozier has put up 128 hits with 30 homers, 76 RBI and 80 runs so far. Joe Mauer sits on 118 hits with 45 RBI and 62 runs. Bauer has been battling lingering leg issues this week, however.
Over on the Blue Jays’ side, we’ll be seeing RHP Marcus Stroman on Saturday. In his 25 starts and 9-5 record this year, Stroman has a 4.47 ERA with a 1.28 WHIP in 161 innings. Stroman logged a no-decision his last time up, going 7.1 innings with seven hits and one run against Cleveland.
Toronto has some great hitters as well. Josh Donaldson has bashed 30 homers with 85 RBI, 136 hits and 101 runs. Edwin Encarnacion has put up 128 hits with 80 runs, 35 homers and 102 RBI. Kevin Pillar holds 112 hits with 46 runs and 45 RBI.
The Twins are 7-17 in Santana’s last 24 starts, and 4-11 in Santana’s last 15 starts following a quality start in his previous appearance. Minnesota is also 1-5 in Santana’s last six starts in game two of a series, and 0-5 in Santana’s last five starts with five days’ rest.
Meanwhile, the Blue Jays are 5-1 in Stroman’s last six Saturday starts, and 4-1 in Stroman’s last five home starts. Toronto is also 19-7 in Stroman’s last 26 starts on astroturf, and 9-4 in Stroman’s last 13 starts in game two of a series.
I don’t trust Santana all that well, and I like Stroman in the pitching matchup here. I’ll take the Blue Jays to win handily.