Minnesota Twins vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 9/14/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Blue Jays (68-77) at Minnesota Twins (75-69)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 8:10 pm (Target Field)
Br Anderson (3-3) (5.90) vs. Jose Berrios (12-7) (3.94)
The Line: Minnesota Twins -163 / Toronto Blue Jays +153 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
Up in Minneapolis at Target Field on Thursday, the Toronto Blue Jays and the Minnesota Twins will be kicking off their MLB weekend series.
Toronto is coming off a set against the Orioles. The Jays won the first two games 4-3 and 3-2, then on Wednesday missed out on the sweep 2-1.
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For the Thursday game, the Jays will be going with LHP Brett Anderson. In his 39.2 innings and 3-3 record this year, Anderson had 5.90 ERA with 27 Ks and 12 BBs.
Toronto has some interesting hitters this year. Justin Smoak entered Wednesday on 141 hits, 78 runs, 37 homers and 86 RBI, while Kevin Pillar was close behind on 139 hits, 15 homers, 41 RBI and 65 runs. Pillar had one hit on Wednesday, and combined with Smoak to go 1-for-8.
Over on the Twins’ side, they’re fresh off a pair versus the Padres. Minnesota won 16-0 on Tuesday, then on Wednesday the Twins secured a 3-1 walk-off win.
On Thursday, the Twins will be bringing out Jose Berrios. In his 130.1 innings and 12-7 record this year, Berrios has a 3.94 ERA with 123 Ks.
Minnesota has a few key hitters as well. Brian Dozier entered play Wednesday on 145 hits, 87 runs, 30 homers and 83 RBI while Joe Mauer managed 140 hits, 61 runs and 59 RBI in that time. Dozier came up empty on Wednesday, but Mauer had three hits and a run.
The Blue Jays are 4-1 in their last five overall and 6-1 in their last seven Thursday games. Toronto is also 4-10 in their last 14 road games and the over is 4-1 in the Blue Jays’ last five during game one of a series.
Meanwhile, the Twins are 6-0 in their last six home games versus a left-handed starter and 5-1 in their last six games versus a left-handed starter. The under is 13-3 in the Twins’ last 16 Thursday games and the over is 4-1 in the Twins’ last five during game one of a series.
Anderson had a rough patch over two games in May with the Cubs (12 earned in 1.2 innings), but since he’s been in Toronto he’s pitched well with six earned over three starts in 17.2 innings. As for Berrios, he’s coming off a nice outing versus KC, giving up two runs in 7.0 innings. He’s also got a solid 2.87 ERA over his last five starts. I like Berrios to keep it going here and edge out Anderson for the W. Give me Minnesota.