Toronto Blue Jays vs Minnesota Twins Prediction, 5/26/2023 MLB Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Toronto Blue Jays vs Minnesota Twins
Date: Friday, May 26, 2023
Location: Target Field in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Bally Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Toronto (-165) Minnesota (+140)
Target Field is the location where the Minnesota Twins (26-24) will play the Toronto Blue Jays (26-24) on Friday. The moneyline on this contest has the Blue Jays at -165 and the Twins are priced at +140. The total has been set at 7.5. The pitchers who are expected to start are Kevin Gausman and Louie Varland.
Toronto is slugging .422 and have been called out on strikes 405 times, while drawing a walk on 166 occasions. They have accounted for 226 runs batted in as well as 466 base knocks on the season, and their batting average sits at .266. The Blue Jays have earned 95 doubles as a team and have smacked 57 balls out of the park. They have earned 241 runs scored and hold an on-base percentage of .333. As a unit, the Toronto Blue Jays are putting up 4.8 runs per game, which ranks them 10th in baseball.
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The Blue Jays hold a team earned run average of 3.99 on the campaign (11th in MLB), and the staff has rung up 455 batters. Blue Jays pitchers have surrendered 68 long balls and 221 runs (15th in MLB). Their pitching staff has walked 162 opposing players and their FIP is 4.45 as a team for the year. Toronto has yielded 406 hits (8.2 per 9 innings) as well as 197 earned runs. Their K/BB ratio is 2.81 and the pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.28.
Blue Jays bullpen pitchers have stepped onto the hill with opponents on base 57 times in addition to having 51 appearances in high leverage situations. The bullpen have recorded 25 holds for the year (19th in the league). The Blue Jays bullpen have recorded a save rate of 70.6% and has entered the game in 42 save situations. They have accumulated 12 saves over the course of the season and have blown 5 of their 17 chances to get a save. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 83 runners for the year and 24.1% of them ended up crossing the plate. The Blue Jays have dispatched 165 relievers to the hill this season.
The Toronto Blue Jays have a total of 1,334 putouts this season, as well as 408 assists and 27 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding at .985 which ranks 20th in pro baseball, and they have turned 39 double plays. The Blue Jays have turned 69.8% of balls in play into outs in their 4,002 innings on the diamond, which has them sitting 11th in the majors.
Gausman has thrown 1,415 innings and has earned 1,447 punch outs so far in his MLB career. His earned run average is 3.90 (613 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.268. He has surrendered 1,409 hits (9.0 hits per 9 innings) and has 385 walks. Gausman (78-85 career win-loss record) holds a FIP of 3.64 while he has gone up against 5,946 hitters during his time in the major leagues.
Minnesota is sitting with 68 home runs on the season as well as 217 runs batted in. They have tallied 80 two-baggers, while taking a walk 172 times and recording 230 runs. The Minnesota Twins have an on-base percentage of .310 as well as a batting average of .230 this year. The Twins hold a team slugging percentage of .407 and they have an average of 4.60 runs per game (13th in baseball). They have struck out on 496 instances (1st in the league) and have recorded 387 hits.
The Minnesota pitching staff have given up 185 runs for the season while holding an ERA of 3.40 (170 earned runs conceded). They have allowed 45 homers and they relinquish 3.70 runs per 9 innings (2nd in baseball). The Twins are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.184 and have a FIP of 3.45 as a squad on the year. Their K/BB ratio is 10.00 (500 strikeouts against 154 bases on balls). They come in at 2nd in baseball as a staff in total hits allowed with 379.
Minnesota has had relievers step onto the mound in 22 save chances and they have earned 11 saves. They sit at 28th in baseball with a save rate of 50.0%, and they have sent 150 relievers to the mound this season. Their relievers have taken the field 56 times in high leverage situations and on 35 occasions with runners on base. Minnesota bullpen pitchers have an inherited score percentage of 30.2% out of 43 inherited runners. Sitting with 52 save situations, the Twins have 30 holds in addition to 11 blown saves.
The Minnesota Twins have gotten 29 double plays and have notched a fielding percentage of .982 (25th in baseball). The Twins have racked up 369 assists, 31 errors and have a total of 1,350 putouts over the course of the season. In 4,050 innings played, the Twins hold a efficiency on defense of 69.5% (15th in pro baseball).
Varland (3-2 win-loss mark in his career) holds a 4.00 earned run average while allowing 9.0 hits per nine innings. His K/BB ratio is 4.00 and he has faced 224 batters in his pro baseball career. He has conceded 24 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.241 and having a FIP of 4.8. During his MLB career, Varland has allowed 54 base hits while he has earned 52 strikeouts in 54 frames.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread or moneyline?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Toronto (-165)
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