In a game that has the potential for a lot of runs, Pat Dean (1-3, 5.48 ERA) and the Minnesota Twins (49-78) are in Toronto to square off against Francisco Liriano (6-12, 5.21 ERA) and the Blue Jays (71-56). This is the first of a three-game series at the Rogers Centre. The Twins come into this series hoping to snap a seven-game losing streak. Action begins at 7:07 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 26 and can be seen on FSN and RSN.
Liriano pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering one runs (one unearned), striking out seven and walking two in a 3-2 defeat to the Indians. Josh Donaldson (.288, 99 Rs, 29 HRs, 82 RBIs, 6 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Dean went 1.0 inning, surrendering zero runs in an 8-3 defeat to the Tigers in his last outing. Brian Dozier (.269, 80 Rs, 30 HRs, 76 RBIs, 10 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run.
This one isn't expected to be close when Toronto, a substantial -190 favorite, takes on Minnesota. The matchup has an estimated Over/Under (O/U) of nine runs. Though the Blue Jays have had a tough season in terms of their overall money line (-214), they have done fairly well as a favorite with a record of 57-37. The Blue Jays have no trouble scoring as they rank third in the AL in offense with 4.8 runs per game. Crossing over to the pitching and defensive side, it's been a struggle for opposing teams to score runs against the Blue Jays. The 4.1 runs that Toronto's pitchers allow per game makes them the top staff in the AL. The Blue Jays are the fourth-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.224 so far this season.
Over in the other dugout, Minnesota is coming in with an overall money line of -1,884 and a disappointing record of 37-60 as the underdog. They played poorly as the underdog over their last 10 games with a 1-6 record and a 2-8 record SU.
The Blue Jays lead the season series, 3-1. The Blue Jays have an 18-18 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Dean takes the mound. Liriano (LHP) will be on the hill against the Twins, who have a 15-18 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR, O/U - Over
When leading after seven innings, Toronto is 26-26, while Minnesota is 27-30.
The Twins managed to give up six walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Blue Jays who are heading in with a 14-11 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Twins are 36-8. The Blue Jays have a 57-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 15th, Minnesota sits in the top half of the league in runs, scoring 574 this season. Toronto ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 608.
Ranking 12th, Minnesota is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 396 this season. Toronto ranks in the top five at third with 473.
When the Blue Jays hit at least one home run, they are 63-33. When the Twins hit at least one homer, they have a 40-42 record.