Toronto Blue Jays (59-47) vs. Minnesota Twins (56-50)
August 7, 2022 2:10 pm EDT
The Line: Minnesota Twins +125 / Toronto Blue Jays -167; Over/Under: -7.5
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The Toronto Blue Jays and the Minnesota Twins meet Sunday in MLB action from Target Field. This will be the final installment in a four-game weekend set. After a split in the first two, In the Saturday matchup the Twins put up a four-run win. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Toronto didn’t have a ton of trouble in the Thursday opener of this series, taking a 9-3 win. Friday was a 6-5 loss, though. On Saturday, the Jays had the game tied briefly but couldn’t keep up in a 7-3 defeat. Starter Mitchell White logged 4.2 innings, three earned, six hits and a walk.
For the starter job in the Sunday matchup, Toronto is going with Kevin Gausman. Over his 20 starts so far Gausman is 8-8 with a 3.06 ERA. In 111.2 innings total he has 38 earned on 119 hits, 20 walks and 132 Ks.
Over on the Twins’ side, they blew a 5-0 lead on Friday but managed to get it back with a walk-off in the 10th. On Saturday, Minnesota bagged 11 team hits on the way to the victory. Dylan Bundy managed 4.0 frames in the start with two earned, five hits and one walk.
For the Sunday matchup, the Twins will go with Chris Archer as the starter. In his 18 starts Archer is 2-5 this year with a 4.05 ERA. In 73.1 innings total he has 33 earned, 57 hits, 40 walks and 62 Ks.
The Blue Jays are 12-4 in their last 16 overall and the over is 5-2 in their last seven Sunday games. The under is 7-2 in the last nine overall.
Meanwhile, the Twins are 3-8 in their last 11 versus a team with a winning record and 1-4 in the last five in game four of a series. The over is 6-1 in the Twins’ last seven versus a team with a winning record.
PICK: I’m going to try the Jays here. We should have a pretty good pitching matchup in this finale if both guys are on, though. Gausman is coming off 8.0 shutout inning versus Tampa Bay with one hit and one walk. As for Archer, he did okay in his last outing with two earned on two hits and three walks. Archer hasn’t gone past 4.2 innings in any of his last three, though. I think Archer will fare a little better here in an eventual Jays victory.