In the second of a three-game series between the Toronto Blue Jays (72-56) and the Minnesota Twins (49-79) at the Rogers Centre, Marcus Stroman (9-5, 4.47 ERA) and Ervin Santana (6-10, 3.33 ERA) get the ball. The Twins lost the last game 15-8, extending an eight-game losing streak. The game starts at 1:07 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 27 and will air on FSN and RSN.
In his last start, Stroman pitched 7.1 innings, allowing one run, striking out nine and walking one in a 3-2 loss to the Indians. Josh Donaldson (.289, 101 Rs, 30 HRs, 85 RBIs, 6 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two runs, one home run, and three RBIs. The Twins were unsuccessful against the Royals 2-1 the last time Santana pitched. He went 7.0 innings, giving up two, striking out 10 and walking one. Max Kepler (.254, 43 Rs, 15 HRs, 56 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
Toronto is a considerable -186 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is nine runs. The Blue Jays are in an interesting position this season. While they have a notable winning record in games where they're the favorite (57-37), their overall money line (-214) is less impressive. The Blue Jays come into the game with the third-ranked scoring offense in the AL, averaging 4.8 runs per game. The Blue Jays are a dangerous hitting team with 428 extra base hits, one of the highest totals in the MLB. The Toronto pitching staff has been dominant, only giving up 4.1 runs per game, which is best in the AL. The Blue Jays are fourth in the league in WHIP at 1.227.
Switching gears, the Twins come into this game with a weak win percentage of .381 when playing as the underdog (37-60) and an overall money line of -1,884. Over the past 10 matchups, the team is 2-8 SU and has played poorly as the underdog with a 1-6 record.
The Blue Jays are 4-1 against the Twins this season. The Blue Jays will take on a right-hander (Santana) in this game and have a 53-38 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Stroman will take the mound against the Twins. Against righty starters this season, they have an awful 34-60 record.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR, O/U - Over
Minnesota recorded at least two errors for the 20th time this season.
The Blue Jays are coming into this matchup after a high-scoring game where they scored a whopping 15 runs. The Twins have a 0-4 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
When they are outhit, the Twins are 8-66. The Blue Jays have an 8-44 record when opponents outhit them.
Minnesota ranks in the bottom half of the league at 16th when it comes to home runs, hitting 151 this season. Toronto ranks in the top five with 185.
Ranking 13th, Toronto is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.46 per game. Minnesota ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 8.84.
Ranking 13th, Minnesota is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.746). Toronto ranks in the top 10 at ninth with an OPS of .766.
The Twins are 35-65 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Blue Jays are 44-42 when they allow at least one homer.