Toronto took the opener of a three-game series in Minnesota, cashing in as a short betting underdog. The Jays are dogs again for Saturday's tilt at Target Field.
Jays-Twins Saturday Betting Odds
In the early betting Minnesota and Kyle Gibson were favored by the MLB odds makers by around -125 over Toronto and Aaron Sanchez, with a total of 8.5 runs. The Twinkies could also be found getting around +170 giving the run and a half on the run line.
Toronto took the opener of this series Friday night 6-4, coming back from an early 4-0 deficit, winning on Chris Colabello's two-run homer in the top of the ninth. Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle gave up four runs in the first inning, then blanked Minnesota from there, going the distance, very much earning a victory. He was helped by Josh Donaldson, who bopped his fifth home run in the last four games, a three-run shot in the fifth that tied the game.
So Toronto has won four of its last five games, while Friday's loss snapped Minnesota's five-game winning streak.
Gibson (4-3, 2.72) is five for his last six on quality starts. Last Sunday he held the White Sox to one run through eight innings, with zero walks and eight strikeouts, and over his last six starts he's allowed a total of seven runs through 41 innings. The Twins have won four of his last six starts.
In his only career start against the Jays, last April, Gibson tossed eight innings of four-hit, shutout ball in a 7-0 Minnesota victory.
Sanchez (4-4, 3.98) is three for his last four on QS. Last Sunday he held Seattle to two runs through 6 2/3 innings, and just before that he limited the Angels to three runs through 7 1/3 innings. He walked five guys through those 14 innings, and that's an improvement, considering he walked 15 over his previous three outings. Toronto has won three of his last five starts.
This will be Sanchez' first-ever start against the Twins.
Saturday's Batting Splits
Toronto owns an edge in the battling split for Saturday, with its .731 teams OPS against right-handed pitching this season, compared to Minnesota's .668 OPS vs. righties.
Saturday's Free Picks
The Jays might own an edge with the sticks, but Gibson gets the check mark in the pitching match-up. For our MLB picks, we like the Twins to even this series Saturday. Also, these two starting pitchers are a combined 10-6 on the UNDERS this season.