In the first of a four-game series between the Minnesota Twins (10-29) and the Toronto Blue Jays (19-23) at Target Field, Ervin Santana (1-2, 3.38 ERA) and Marco Estrada (1-2, 2.89 ERA) get the ball. The Blue Jays go into this series looking to snap a five-game losing streak. The game gets underway at 8:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, May. 19 and will air on FSN and RSN.
In his last start, Santana pitched 6.0 innings, giving up one run, striking out five and walking one in a 6-3 victory over the Indians. Eduardo Nunez (.340, 15 Rs, 2 HRs, 14 RBIs, 7 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run. The Blue Jays were unsuccessful the last time Estrada pitched. He struggled, going 6.0 innings, allowing five runs (one unearned), striking out five and walking four in a 6-5 loss to the Rangers. Michael Saunders (.311, 19 Rs, 6 HRs, 13 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
The odds are Toronto -135 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 8.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR
Minnesota recorded at least two errors for the fifth time this season.
The Twins are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Blue Jays have a 2-5 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they are outhit, the Twins are 3-23. The Blue Jays have a 4-16 record when opponents outhit them.
Minnesota ranks in the bottom half of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 38 this season. Toronto ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 49.
Ranking 26th, Toronto is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.79 per game. Minnesota ranks in the bottom half at 19th with 8.13.
Ranking 26th, Minnesota is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.685). Toronto ranks in the bottom half at 20th with an OPS of .712.
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 7-22 record.