In the second of a three-game series between the Minnesota Twins (28-19) and the Toronto Blue Jays (28-19) at Target Field, Kyle Gibson (4-3, 2.72 ERA) and Aaron Sanchez (4-4, 3.98 ERA) get the ball. The Blue Jays won the last game 6-4 and Toronto leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 2:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 30 and will air on RSN and FSN-N.
In his most recent outing, Gibson pitched 8.0 innings, giving up one run and striking out eight in an 8-1 victory over the White Sox. Torii Hunter (.280, 25 Rs, 7 HRs, 30 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run and one RBI. The Blue Jays were victorious over the Mariners 8-2 the last time Sanchez pitched. He went 6.2 innings, allowing two runs, striking out four and walking two. Josh Donaldson (.316, 42 Rs, 14 HRs, 38 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Blue Jays, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and three RBIs.
Minnesota, a -125 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Toronto. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is set at eight runs. The Twins perform well as a favorite with a 6-2 record and have an overall money line of +1,618. They have SU record of 8-2 and are unbeaten as the favorite (1-0) over their last 10 games. The Twins come into the game with the third-ranked scoring offense in the AL, averaging 4.6 runs per game. The Twins are an exceptional hitting team with an AL-best 9.7 hits per home game. Turning to the pitching staff, the Twins don't give up many walks at home to opposing batters at Target Field, leading the AL with only 2.0 walks allowed per home game.
On the other side, the Blue Jays have a subpar record of 8-17 when they are the underdog and are -713 overall with the money line. They sport the top-ranked offense in the AL, averaging 5.2 runs per game. Toronto is one of the top hitting teams in the AL with an average of 8.6 hits per contest.
The only other game between the two teams went Toronto's way. This game will feature Sanchez (RHP) on the mound against the Twins, who have a 13-13 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Blue Jays will be the right-hander Gibson. They sport a 15-23 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, Toronto is 12-10, while Minnesota is 7-6.
The Twins are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Blue Jays have a 7-9 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Blue Jays are 3-21. The Twins have a 5-18 record when opponents outhit them.
Minnesota ranks near the bottom of the league at 25th when it comes to home runs, hitting 37 this season. Toronto ranks in the top five at fifth with 59.
Minnesota and Toronto both rank in the top five of the league in hits. Minnesota sits at fourth with 8.74 hits per game and Toronto ranks fifth with 8.63.
Ranking 20th, Minnesota is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.695). Toronto ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .765.
When the Blue Jays allow at least one home run, they are 13-21. When the Twins allow one or more homers, they have a 15-14 record.