Minnesota Twins (46-53) at Toronto Blue Jays (46-54)
|Date & Time||Wednesday July 25, 2018, 4:07 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -125 / Minnesota Twins +115 --- Over/Under: 9
The Minnesota Twins and Toronto Blue Jays meet Wednesday in MLB action at the Rogers Centre.
The Minnesota Twins look for another victory after losing three of their last five games. The Twins have scored 16 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in three of their last five games. The Minnesota Twins have won 10 of their last 13 games when scoring more than three runs. Eddie Rosario leads the Twins with 122 hits and 62 RBI while Eduardo Escobar and Brian Dozier have combined for 186 hits and 114 RBI. Ervin Santana gets the ball, and he was 16-8 with a 3.28 ERA and 167 strikeouts last season. Santana is 6-7 with a 3.84 ERA and 93 strikeouts in his career against the Blue Jays.
The Toronto Blue Jays also look for a victory after winning three of their last five games. The Blue Jays have scored eight runs in their last three games and three or more runs in four of their last five games. The Toronto Blue Jays have split their last 10 games when scoring at least one run. Yangervis Solarte leads the Blue Jays with 92 hits and 52 RBI while Kevin Pillar and Justin Smoak have combined for 165 hits and 90 RBI. Sam Gaviglio gets the ball, and he is 2-3 with a 4.59 ERA and 61 strikeouts this season. Gaviglio is 1-0 with a 4.35 ERA and eight strikeouts in his career against the Twins.
The Twins are 6-20 in their last 26 road games, 2-7 in their last 9 Wednesday games and 1-4 in Santanas last 5 starts vs. American League East. The Blue Jays are 15-7 in their last 22 home games, 1-4 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series and 5-2 in Gaviglios last 7 starts. The Twins are 11-28 in the last 39 meetings in Toronto, 23-53 in the last 76 meetings and the over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
A healthy Santana would make the Twins the pick here, but he hasn't pitched in a big league game since October due to a finger injury. I don't like to make picks on simply assuming somebody will be their normal self after missing so much time. Gaviglio hasn't been great this season, but he is allowing just a 2.50 ERA with an allowed batting average of .213 at home. The Toronto Blue Jays offense has also been hot the last couple of weeks, so you can expect a bounce back performance there as well. I'll back the Blue Jays simply because I have no idea how rusty Santana is going to be.