Pat Dean (0-1, 4.50 ERA) and J.A. Happ (5-1, 3.40 ERA) take the hill in the third of a four-game series between the Minnesota Twins (10-31) and the Toronto Blue Jays (21-23) at Target Field. The Twins lost the last game 9-3, continuing a five-game losing streak. Action begins at 2:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 21 and can be seen on FSN and RSN.
Dean pitched 5.1 innings in his last outing, surrendering two runs and striking out four in a 10-8 defeat to the Tigers. Miguel Sano (.235, 18 Rs, 7 HRs, 19 RBIs, 1 SB) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run. Happ went 2.0 innings, surrendering eight runs, striking out two and walking one in a 13-2 defeat to the Rays in his most recent start. Michael Saunders (.317, 21 Rs, 7 HRs, 14 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Blue Jays, going 3 for 5 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and one RBI.
The Blue Jays are a -160 favorite and the total is 9.
Pick - TOR
For the sixth time this season, the Blue Jays registered at least two errors in a game.
The Twins are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Blue Jays have a 3-5 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
It looks like the Blue Jays have a slight leg up on the Twins, as the Blue Jays have won their last two games while the Twins have lost their last five.
When they outhit their opponents, the Twins are 7-5. The Blue Jays have a 15-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 28th in runs, Minnesota has earned 146 this season. Toronto ranks 13th with 180 runs.
Ranking 27th, Minnesota is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.677). Toronto ranks in the bottom half at 19th with an OPS of .719.
When the Blue Jays allow at least one home run, they are 11-16. When the Twins allow one or more homers, they have a 7-24 record.