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Toronto Blue Jays vs. Minnesota Twins - 5/8/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Minnesota Twins at Toronto Blue Jays
Date & Time Wednesday May 8, 2019, 7:07 PM (EDT)
Location
Rogers Centre
Toronto, Ontario
The Line
Minnesota Twins -107 / Toronto Blue Jays -101 -- O/U: 9
TV Channel
RSN, FS-North
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The Minnesota Twins and the Toronto Blue Jays meet in the finale of a three game set from Rogers Centre in MLB action on Wednesday night.

The Minnesota Twins will look to complete the sweep of Toronto after a 3-0 win in game two on Tuesday. Mitch Garver went 3 for 3 with a home run and two RBIs while Marwin Gonzalez had an RBI as well to round out Minnesota’s scoring in the win. Max Kepler went 2 for 5 with a double while Jorge Polanco and Eddie Rosario each had a base hit as well in the victory. Jose Berrios got the win to improve to 6-1 on the year after tossing seven shutout innings, allowing just four hits while striking out five. Taylor Rogers closed out the 9th for his 4th save of the season. Kyle Gibson will start the finale and is 2-1 with a 4.68 ERA and 29 strikeouts this season. In his career, Gibson is 3-1 with a 5.01 ERA and 37 strikeouts against Toronto.

The Toronto Blue Jays will look to bounce back and salvage a win to avoid the sweep after dropping game two on Tuesday. Billy McKinney had a double while Justin Smoak, Randal Grichuk, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Brandon Drury and Luke Maile each had base hits in the losing effort. Aaron Sanchez took the loss, falling to 3-3 after allowing three runs on six hits while walking three and striking out six over seven innings of work. Trent Thornton will start game three and is 0-3 with a 4.08 ERA and 38 strikeouts this season. This will be Thornton’s second career start against Minnesota.

Minnesota is 5-1 in Gibson’s last 6 road starts and 18-5 in their last 23 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 5-2 in Gibson’s last 7 starts. Toronto is 1-6 in their last 7 games overall and 2-5 in Thornton’s last 7 starts while the under is 19-7 in their last 26 home games. Minnesota is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Toronto.

As a Blue Jays fan, this sucks for me to say, but it’s hard for me to make a case for Toronto when they haven’t scored in this series and continue to go through offensive dry spells that cost the team games. Thornton also got touched up for four runs in 4.2 innings in his lone start against the Twins. Gibson has had his own ups and downs, but Minnesota has been the better team here, so even on the road I’ll lay the juice with the Twins here.

Pick:
Minnesota -107

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