Minnesota Twins vs Toronto Blue Jays Prediction, Pick and Preview, August 4 (8/4): MLB

Minnesota Twins vs Toronto Blue Jays Prediction, Pick and Preview, August 4 (8/4): MLB

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Odds

Time 7:40 p.m. EST
Blue Jays money line -125
Blue Jays run line -1.5 (+140)
Twins money line +105
Twins run line +1.5 (-165)
Over / under 7.5

 

Key stats

  Minnesota Twins Toronto Blue Jays
Record 55-49 58-46
Home / road record 29-23 24-26
Last 10 record 5-5 7-3
Streak W1 L1
Over / under record 49-47-8 53-49-1
Runs / game 4.52 4.83
Runs allowed / game 4.27 4.22

 

Preview

The Minnesota Twins and the Toronto Blue Jays will meet again to play a 4-game series at the Target Field. The Blue Jays tied 1-1 in short series vs Rays while the Twins beat the Tigers 2 of 3 times and are 2-1 against the Blue Jays this season.

Minnesota Twins

The Twins get here with a 55-49 record and have won 3 of their last 5 games. They're averaging 4.52 runs and batting for .251 AVG, 470 runs scored in 881 hits and 129 home runs, ranking #10 in offense in the league behind the San Francisco Giants. Luis Arraez is batting for .329 AVG. Byron Buxton leads with 46 RBI and 26 home runs.

Defensively they are allowing 4.27 runs per game and ranking #15 in the league. Joe Ryan leads the team with a 3.67 ERA, 89 strikeouts and 8 wins recorded with the Twins.

Probable Pitcher:

Sonny Gray (6-3, 3.41 ERA) will be on the mound for the Twins in the 1st game of the series. In the five innings of Saturday's 7-4 victory over San Diego, Gray earned the victory by giving up just one run on five hits, one walk, and five strikeouts. He has a 4-4 record with an ERA of 3.20 and 62 strikeouts in 13 appearances versus the Blue Jays in his career.

Toronto Blue Jays

The Blue Jays get here with a 58-46 record and have won 4 of their last 6 games. The team is averaging 4.83 runs per game and they're batting for .264 AVG, have 500 runs scored in 936 hits and 133 home runs, ranking #3 in offense in the league behind the LA Dodgers. Vladimir Guerrero Jr leads the team with .285 ERA, 63 RBI and 21 home runs. Lourdes Gurriel Jr is batting for .311 AVG.

Defensively as they are allowing 4.22 runs per game and rank #12 in the league. All-Star Alek Manoah leads the team with a 2.43 ERA and 114 strikeouts recording 11 wins for the Jays.

Probable Pitcher:

Alek Manoah (11-5, 2.43 ERA) will be on the mound for the Blue Jays in the 1st game of the series. Though Manoah exited his most recent start Friday against the Tigers early after being struck on the elbow with a comebacker, he avoided a significant injury and escaped with just a bruise on his pitching arm. The 24-year-old was apparently able to complete his between-starts bullpen session without any discomfort, so he should be in line for a normal workload Thursday when he takes the hill for the 21st time this season. He has allowed 2 runs on 6 hits with 2 walks and 8 strikeouts in 5.2 innings against the Twins in his career. He has been credited with the win.

BETTING TRENDS

Toronto Blue Jays are 11-3 SU in their last 14 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Toronto's last 6 games when playing on the road against Minnesota.

The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Minnesota's last 9 games against Toronto.

Minnesota Twins are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games against an opponent in the American League.

Prediction

The Blue Jays have been on fire and are now the #3 offense in the league averaging 4.8 runs per game but lost the last series against the Twins at home. For this game they'll send their best pitcher in Alex Manoah who's having a great season and should bounce back from a bad start against the Tigers. Sonny Gray will start for the Twins who has had 2 strong outings. Both pitchers should have good games but I gotta go with the hottest team. Take the Blue Jays.  

PICK: Blue Jays ML (-125)

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