Minnesota Twins (44-52) at Toronto Blue Jays (45-52)
|Date & Time||Monday July 23, 2018, 7:07 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays / Minnesota Twins --- Over/Under:
The Minnesota Twins and the Toronto Blue Jays meet in the opener of a three game set from Rogers Centre in MLB action on Monday.
The Minnesota Twins will look to rebound and get their first win after the all-star break after being swept by Kansas City, including a 5-3 loss in the series finale on Sunday. Max Kepler hit a solo home run while Brian Dozier added an RBI and a double. Logan Morrison added an RBI despite going 0 for 3 while Eduardo Escobar added a base knock as well as Minnesota had just three hits as a team in the losing effort. Jake Odorizzi gave up two runs, one earned, on two hits while striking out eight over six innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Zach Duke took the loss, falling to 3-4 this season. Adalberto Mejia will start the opener and is 0-0 with a 9.00 ERA and 1 strikeout this season. This will be Mejia’s second career start against Toronto.
The Toronto Blue Jays will be looking to stay hot after completing the three game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles, including a 5-4 win in the series finale on Sunday. Yangervis Solarte and Randal Grichuk accounted for all five Toronto runs, each going 2 for 4 with a home run and a double. The only difference was Solarte’s three RBIs to Grichuk’s two. Kendrys Morales and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. each went 2 for 3 while Justin Smoak and Dwight Smith Jr. each added a base knock to cap off Toronto’s offense in the win. J.A. Happ gave up just one run on four hits while striking out nine over five innings of work, not factoring in the decision. John Axford got the win to improve to 4-1 this season while Tyler Clippard picked up his 7th save of the season. Luis Santos will start the opener and is 0-0 with a 7.88 ERA and 9 strikeouts this season. This will be Santos’ first career start against Minnesota.
Minnesota is 7-1 in their last 8 games against the AL East and 2-6 in Mejia’s last 8 starts while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Toronto is 14-6 in their last 20 home games and 6-1 in their last 7 series opening matchups while the under is 7-3 in their last 10 games against a team with a losing record. Minnesota is 22-53 in the last 75 meetings between these two teams and 10-28 in the last 38 meetings between these two teams in Toronto.
A pair of spot starters going head-to-head in this one, so who knows who will come out on top. I give Toronto a slight edge because Santos has looked better, giving up just one run over his last four appearances since being torched by Cleveland for six runs in his season debut, and the fact that Mejia has just one appearance so far this season. Furthermore, Toronto has looked like the better team coming out of the break, while the Twins were just swept by the lowly Royals. I’d probably stay away from this one, but if I had to pick, I’d take Toronto.