Minnesota Twins at Toronto Blue Jays
|Date & Time||Monday May 6, 2019, 7:07 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Minnesota Twins +104 / Toronto Blue Jays -114 -- Over/Under: 8.5
The Minnesota Twins and Toronto Blue Jays meet Monday in MLB action at Rogers Centre.
The Minnesota Twins look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Twins have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 13 games. The Minnesota Twins have won six straight games when scoring four or more runs. Jorge Polanco leads the Twins with 36 hits and 11 RBI while Jonathan Schoop and Nelson Cruz have combined for 57 hits and 36 RBI. Martin Perez gets the ball, and he is 4-0 with a 3.41 ERA and 30 strikeouts this season. Perez is 1-2 with a 2.96 ERA and 17 strikeouts in his career against the Blue Jays.
The Toronto Blue Jays could use a win after losing five of their last six games. The Blue Jays have allowed 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last seven games. The Toronto Blue Jays have lost seven of their last eight games when allowing four or more runs. Offensively, Freddy Galvis leads the Blue Jays with 33 hits and 13 RBI while Randal Grichuk and Justin Smoak have combined for 60 hits and 33 RBI. Marcus Stroman gets the ball, and he is 1-4 with a 2.20 ERA and 39 strikeouts this season. Stroman is 1-2 with a 3.71 ERA and 17 strikeouts in his career against the Twins.
The Twins are 7-1 in their last 8 vs. American League East, 4-1 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series and 7-2 in their last 9 overall. The Blue Jays are 3-8 in their last 11 Monday games, 2-7 in Stroman's last 9 starts and 1-4 in Stroman's last 5 home starts. The Twins are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Toronto and 26-56 in the last 82 meetings. The under is 6-2 in Stroman's last 8 starts overall. The over is 4-1 in Twins last 5 overall.
Perez has allowed just one run in his last 14 innings and has done a great job of keeping the ball in the ballpark. Stroman is looking like the potential ace he was a couple of years ago, allowing two or less runs in five of his seven starts and giving up a .216 batting average on the season. While the Blue Jays haven't been able to capaitlze much on Stroman's success this season, it's probably only a matter of time before things change. In a battle between two pitchers in great form, I'm going to give the edge to the Blue Jays and Stroman at home.