Mark Buehrle (5-4, 5.13 ERA) and the Toronto Blue Jays (22-27) are in Minnesota to meet Trevor May (3-3, 4.95 ERA) and the Twins (28-18) in a game that could have plenty of offense. This is the first of a three-game series at Target Field. The Twins go into this series on a five-game winning streak. The game starts at 8:10 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 29 and will air on RSN and FSN-N.
In his last start, May pitched 7.0 innings, giving up three runs and striking out nine in a 4-3 victory over the White Sox. Torii Hunter (.280, 24 Rs, 7 HRs, 29 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 Wednesday with two RBIs. In his career against the Twins, Buehrle is 28-19 with a 3.67 ERA. He gets a strong Minnesota offense that's batting .257. Josh Donaldson (.314, 41 Rs, 13 HRs, 35 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 Wednesday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an even matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable at the moment. The Twins have one of the most prolific offenses in the entire AL, averaging 4.6 runs per game. The Twins are an exceptional hitting team with an AL-best 9.7 hits per home game. As for the pitching staff, the Twins are the best in the AL in walks allowed at home, giving up just 2.0 per game.
They sport the top-ranked offense in the AL, averaging 5.2 runs per game. One of the top hitting teams in the AL are the Blue Jays, who average 8.6 hits per game.
This game will feature Buehrle (LHP) on the mound against the Twins, who have a 7-2 home and 15-5 overall record when they take on a left-handed starter. The right-handed May will take the mound against the Blue Jays, who have a 15-23 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR
Minnesota has won 54% (7-6) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Toronto has won 55% (12-10) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Twins are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Blue Jays have a 4-6 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Blue Jays are 3-21. The Twins have a 5-17 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 24th in home runs, Minnesota has hit 37 this season. Toronto ranks fifth with 57 home runs.
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 17th, Minnesota is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.700). Toronto ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .762.
The Blue Jays are 13-21 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Twins are 15-13 when they allow at least one homer.