Monday, August 3, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Ervin Santana (2-1) vs. David Price (9-4)
The Minnesota Twins head to Rogers Centre on Monday to take on the Toronto Blue Jays. The probable starters are Ervin Santana for the Twins and David Price for the Blue Jays. The opening line for this matchup has Minnesota at +167 and Toronto at -177. The over/under was set at 8. The Twins, with a 63-40 run line record, cover the spread 61% of the time. They also have a 47-48 over/under record. The Blue Jays have a 50-48 over/under record and a 54-52 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 51% of the time.
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The Twins head into this matchup with a 54-49 record, including 20-28 on the road. Starting pitcher Ervin Santana holds a 2-1 record with an earned run average of 3.78 and a WHIP of 1.17. He's pitched 33.1 innings thus far while surrendering 28 hits over that time and when he starts, the Twins are 3-2. Against the over/under, the Twins are 2-3 in his starts. His teammates are averaging 4.4 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has given up 300 hits on the season and have a earned run average of 3.97. Teams are hitting .253 against the bullpen while being struck out 211 times and walking 92 times this season. As a team, Minnesota has allowed 9.46 hits per nine innings while striking out 6.1 batters per nine. They are 19th in the league in team earned run average at 3.96.
Minnesota ranks 16th in the league in team batting average at .252 while hitting .223 on the road. The Twins on-base percentage sits at .306, which puts them at 22nd in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .398. They rank 20th in baseball with 8.41 hits per game and Joe Mauer leads the team with 102.
With a 32-21 home record, Toronto will hope to improve on their 54-52 overall mark. With an earned run average of 2.53, David Price will come into this game holding a 9-4 record and a 1.11 WHIP. He's pitched 146 innings thus far while surrendering 133 hits over that time in which the Blue Jays are 15-6. Against the over/under, the Blue Jays are 11-10 when he starts. His teammates score an average of 4.2 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has given up 261 hits on the season and have a team earned run average of 3.42. Teams are hitting .221 against the Blue Jays bullpen while being struck out 313 times and walking 89 times this season. As a team, Toronto has allowed 8.71 hits per nine innings while striking out 6.99 batters per nine. They are 20th in the league in team earned run average at 4.01.
They rank 5th in the league in team batting average with a .264 average while hitting .279 at home. The Blue Jays on-base percentage sits at .331, which puts them at 2nd in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .444. They rank 7th in baseball with 8.93 hits per game and Josh Donaldson leads the team with 120.
In terms of team defense, the Twins have a fielding percentage of .984 with 60 total errors, 1048 assists and 2,738 put outs. For the home team, they hold a .983 team fielding percentage while committing 65 errors, accumulating 1049 assists and compiling 2,793 put outs.
Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 47-48 against the over/under so far this season
The Minnesota Twins are 63-40 against the run line so far this season
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 50-48 against the over/under so far this season
The Toronto Blue Jays are 54-52 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
08/02/15 P Tommy Milone Hip Injury is on the 15 day disabled list
06/26/15 CF Byron Buxton Thumb Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/25)
06/04/15 P Ricky Nolasco Ankle Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (6/1)
05/16/15 CF Jordan Schafer Knee Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/16)
Toronto Blue Jays
07/29/15 2B Devon Travis Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/29)
05/10/15 RF Michael Saunders Knee Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/10)
04/06/15 2B Maicer Izturis Groin Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/27)
04/06/15 P Marcus Stroman Knee Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/6)
Tony's Pick: Take the Blue Jays
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