In the last of a four-game series between the Minnesota Twins (11-31) and the Toronto Blue Jays (21-24) at Target Field, Phil Hughes (1-6, 5.70 ERA) and Marcus Stroman (4-1, 4.23 ERA) get the start. The Twins won the last game 5-3, and Toronto leads the series 2-1. The game gets underway at 2:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 22 and will air on FSN and RSN.
In his last start, Hughes pitched 6.1 innings, allowing one run and striking out one in a 7-2 loss to the Tigers. Eduardo Nunez (.331, 16 Rs, 3 HRs, 17 RBIs, 8 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and three RBIs. The Blue Jays were also unsuccessful the last time Stroman pitched. He did not do well, pitching 5.2 innings, giving up seven runs, striking out two and walking two in a 12-2 loss to the Rays. Michael Saunders (.315, 22 Rs, 8 HRs, 15 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
The Blue Jays are a -170 road favorite and the total is 8.5.
Pick - MIN
Minnesota has won 25% (4-12) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Toronto has won 35% (6-11) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Blue Jays are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded six strikeouts. The Twins have a record of 7-5 when opponents' pitchers have six strikeouts or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Twins are 7-5. The Blue Jays have a 15-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 27th in runs, Minnesota has earned 151 this season. Toronto ranks 13th with 183 runs.
Ranking 27th, Minnesota is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.675). Toronto ranks in the bottom half at 18th with an OPS of .719.
When the Blue Jays allow at least one home run, they are 11-17. When the Twins allow one or more homers, they have an 8-24 record.