Toronto Blue Jays at Minnesota Twins
|Date & Time||Monday April 15, 2019, 7:40 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays +115 / Minnesota Twins -125 -- Over/Under: 8.5
The Toronto Blue Jays and Minnesota Twins meet Monday in MLB action at Target Field.
The Toronto Blue Jays could use a win after losing 10 of their last 13 games. The Blue Jays have allowed 20 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Toronto Blue Jays are 2-11 this season when allowing more than one run. Offensively, Freddy Galvis leads the Blue Jays with 20 hits and 11 RBI while Randal Grichuk and Teoscar Hernandez have combined for 21 hits and 12 RBI. Matt Shoemaker gets the ball, and he is 3-0 with a 0.92 ERA and 19 strikeouts this season. Shoemaker is 2-1 with a 4.05 ERA and 18 strikeouts in his career against the Twins.
The Minnesota Twins look to stay hot after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Twins have scored 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in nine of their last 10 games. The Minnesota Twins are 8-2 this season when scoring more than one run. Jorge Polanco leads the Twins with 18 hits and four RBI while Max Kepler and Eddie Rosario have combined for 27 hits and 19 RBI. Martin Perez gets the ball, and he is 1-0 with a 7.56 ERA and 12 strikeouts this season. Perez is 1-2 with a 3.38 ERA and 12 strikeouts in his career against the Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays are 8-20 in their last 28 road games, 1-4 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series and 0-5 in their last 5 vs. American League Central. The Twins are 5-1 in their last 6 during game 1 of a series, 16-6 in their last 22 vs. American League East and 1-4 in their last 5 Monday games. The Blue Jays are 26-12 in the last 38 meetings in Minnesota and 53-25 in the last 78 meetings. The under is 3-1-1 in Twins last 5 home games. The under is 15-7-1 in Blue Jays last 23 overall.
Shoemaker is off to a wonderful start this season, allowing just two runs and striking out 19 batters in 19.2 innings. Perez has allowed 11 hits and seven earned runs while walking nine batters in 8.1 innings. Perez has had control issues throughout his career, and while the Twins are playing much better baseball as a team, he's not a pitcher I want to get behind in a favorite role. The Toronto Blue Jays aren't playing well to say the least, but they have the pitching edge based on the small sample size of this season. I'll take a shot with the more favorable price.