MLB Baseball Betting: Minnesota Twins at Toronto Blue Jays

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The Toronto Blue Jays dropped another series to a substandard team earlier this week as the lost two of three to the Los Angeles Angels. It was J.A. Happ’s first loss since June 10–he had won 11 straight decisions since. The good news is that the other top two teams in the AL East also lost meaning that the divisional standings are the same as we left them last night. The Jays and Boston Red Sox are tied for first place with the Baltimore Orioles just one game behind. The New York Yankees did pick up a half game and have crept to within 5.5 games of the lead.

Once again, Toronto will host a bottom feeder for the next three games and once again they’ll have a great chance to put some wins in the books before they play a three game series at Baltimore early next week. The Minnesota Twins are in freefall and could actually finish with a worse record than the Atlanta Braves. The Twins are 49-78 on the season with the Braves at 47-81. Minnesota has lost 8 of 10 including 7 straight. The Twins’ pitching has been abysmal during this stretch allowing 50 runs during the 7 game losing streak for an average of 7.14 per game.

Minnesota will start left hander Pat Dean who will be making his first start since June 17 as he’s being called up from Triple A Rochester to make a ‘spot start’. In six starts with the Twins this year he’s got a 5.81 ERA with a 1.517 WHIP including a 4.50 ERA and a 1.250 WHIP on the road. His last three starts ERA is 8.31 with a 2.002 WHIP though keep in mind that he hasn’t started a game in the Majors since 6/17. He’ll be opposed by Francisco Liriano who has pitched reasonably well of late with the exception of a horrible start against Houston on 8/12.

This is a tricky game for Toronto who has lost money this year against opponents with losing records (24-22 -7.8 units). The Jays have also lost money against left handers (18-18 -6.6 units). Toronto has a bad habit of ‘phoning in’ games against bad teams and as a result we’ll take a shot on the road team.


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