Minnesota Twins vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 9/15/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Blue Jays (68-78) at Minnesota Twins (76-69)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 15, 2017 at 8:10 pm (Target Field)
J Happ (8-10) (3.73) vs. B Colon (6-12) (6.41)
The Line: Minnesota Twins +101 / Toronto Blue Jays -111 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: RSN, FS-North
The Toronto Blue Jays and the Minnesota Twins hook up for game two of their four game set from Target Field on Friday.
The Toronto Blue Jays will look to even up their series at one win apiece after dropping the opener in extra innings by a final score of 3-2 on Thursday. Justin Smoak went 2 for 5 with a solo home run while Josh Donaldson chipped in the other RBI in the loss for the Jays. Kevin Pillar went 2 for 5 with a double while Raffy Lopez chipped in a double of his own and Ezequiel Carrera, along with Ryan Goins, added base hits of their own in the losing effort. Brett Anderson went 4.1 innings, giving up two runs on five hits while walking and striking out four apiece, not factoring in the decision. Luis Santos was walked off, taking the loss to fall to 0-1 this season. J.A. Happ will start game two and is 8-10 with a 3.73 ERA and 122 strikeouts this season. In his career, Happ is 1-4 with a 6.08 ERA and 22 strikeouts against Minnesota.
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The Minnesota Twins will look to keep their wild-card push going in game two after winning the opener on Thursday. Jorge Polanco led the Twins by going 1 for 4 with two RBIs, while Byron Buxton went 2 for 4 with the walk-off solo home run in the 10th inning. Eddie Rosario went 2 for 3 while Kennys Vargas added a double and Joe Mauer added a base hit of his own in the win. Jose Berrios gave up one run on five hits while walking four and striking out five over 5.2 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Matt Belisle notched his 4th blown save of the year, while Dillon Gee got the win to improve to 2-2 this season. Bartolo Colon will start game two and is 6-12 with a 6.41 ERA and 80 strikeouts this season. In his career, Colon is 12-6 with a 4.12 ERA and 133 strikeouts against Toronto.
Toronto is 4-12 in their last 16 road games against a team with a winning record and 3-9 in Happ’s last 12 starts against a team with a winning record while the over is 15-6 in their last 21 games against a right-handed starter. Minnesota is 6-0 in their last 6 home games against a left-handed starter and 10-2 in their last 12 home games while the under is 5-2 in Colon’s last 7 starts overall. Toronto is 22-9 in the last 31 meetings between these two teams in Minnesota.
Colon has had career success against the Jays, but I can’t back Big Sexy with an ERA well over six this season and also after giving up six runs in his last start. Happ has struggled in his career against the Twins, and I’m not comfortable backing him either, so I’ll side with the over and watch the runs pile up on the board.