Tyler Duffey (1-2, 1.85 ERA) and the Minnesota Twins (10-30) take on Aaron Sanchez (3-1, 3.29 ERA) and the Toronto Blue Jays (20-23) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the second of a four-game series at Target Field. The Blue Jays won the last game 3-2, and Toronto leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 20 and can be seen on FSN and RSN1.
Duffey pitched 7.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering zero runs, striking out six and walking one in a 5-1 win over the Indians. Sanchez went 6.2 innings, surrendering six runs, striking out six and walking four in a 7-6 defeat to the Rangers in his last outing. Michael Saunders (.307, 19 Rs, 6 HRs, 13 RBIs) went 1 for 5 yesterday.
The odds for Minnesota and Toronto are Blue Jays -125, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 8.
The Blue Jays have the edge in the season series, 1-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR
In their last game, the Blue Jays won by a margin of one run. The Twins are 4-9 in one-run games. The Blue Jays have a 4-10 record in close games.
The Twins are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded nine strikeouts. The Blue Jays have a record of 9-17 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they are outhit, the Twins are 3-24. The Blue Jays have a 4-16 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 21st in home runs, Minnesota has hit 38 this season. Toronto ranks seventh with 50 home runs.
Minnesota and Toronto both rank near the bottom of the league in hits. Minnesota sits at 21st with 8.02 hits per game and Toronto ranks 26th with 7.81.
Ranking 27th, Minnesota is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.674). Toronto ranks in the bottom half at 20th with an OPS of .710.
When the Blue Jays allow at least one home run, they are 10-16. When the Twins allow one or more homers, they have a 7-23 record.