Minnesota Twins vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 9/16/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Blue Jays (69-79) at Minnesota Twins (77-70)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 7:10 pm (Target Field)
M Estrada (8-8) (4.96) vs. Adalberto Mejia (4-5) (4.46)
The Line: Minnesota Twins -146 / Toronto Blue Jays +136 --- Over/Under: 10 See the Latest Odds
The Toronto Blue Jays and Minnesota Twins meet Saturday in MLB action at Target Field.
The Toronto Blue Jays could use another victory after splitting their last 12 games. The Blue Jays have scored seven runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 13 games. The Toronto Blue Jays have won five straight games when scoring at least three runs. Kevin Pillar leads the Blue Jays with 143 hits and 42 RBI while Justin Smoak and Kendrys Morales have combined for 272 hits and 165 RBI. Marco Estrada gets the ball, and he is 8-8 with a 4.96 ERA and 166 strikeouts this season. Estrada is 2-2 with a 4.26 ERA and 37 strikeouts in his career against the Twins.
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The Minnesota Twins look for a win here after winning six of their last nine games. The Twins have scored nine runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 12 games. The Minnesota Twins have won nine of their last 12 games when scoring more than three runs. Brian Dozier leads the Twins with 147 hits and 84 RBI while Joe Mauer and Eddie Rosario have combined for 286 hits and 129 RBI. Adalberto Mejia gets the ball, and he is 4-5 with a 4.47 ERA and 74 strikeouts this season. This will be Mejia’s first career game against the Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays are 5-1 in their last 6 Saturday games, 2-6 in their last 8 during game 3 of a series and 2-5 in Estradas last 7 road starts. The Twins are 8-2 in their last 10 during game 3 of a series, 2-5 in their last 7 Saturday games and 0-6 in Mejias last 6 starts vs. a team with a losing record. The Blue Jays are 22-10 in the last 32 meetings in Minnesota, 49-20 in the last 69 meetings and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Minnesota.
I never like taking a pitcher who is fresh off the DL, as you never know what to expect, and Mejia has allowed a combined seven runs in his last seven innings. Estrada has had a hit or miss season, but he has given up a combined two runs in his last 12 innings and has produced wins in five of his last eight starts. There's reasons to like the Blue Jays and the plus money in this spot.