The Toronto Blue Jays (58-46) are 4-1 in their last five road games heading into a four-game road series against the Minnesota Twins (55-49). The Blue Jays will try to pick up another road win as a Blue Jays vs Twins prediction favorite Thursday night in Minnesota.
Blue Jays vs Twins Odds & Analysis
The Blue Jays opened as -135 road favorites before betting action on Minnesota as the preferred Blue Jays vs Twins prediction in this matchup bumped the line down to Toronto -120. The Twins will be looking for an upset as +110 underdogs, and the total is set at 8 runs. The UNDER is 5-1 in Minnesota’s last six home games against Toronto.
Alek Manoah had a rare off-night in his last start Friday night against the Detroit Tigers, pitching 5.1 innings and allowing seven hits and four earned runs in a 4-2 Blue Jays loss. Manoah has been excellent for the Blue Jays this season, sporting an 11-5 record with a 2.43 ERA, a 0.99 WHIP and 114 strikeouts in 126 innings pitched.
Sonny Gray pitched five innings and allowed one earned run in Minnesota’s 7-4 win over the San Diego Padres last Saturday. Gray has earned wins in each of his last two starts, improving to 6-3 on the season with a 3.41 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP in 15 starts.
Toronto Has Been Playing Great Since Early July Slump
The Blue Jays went through a 1-9 skid back at the beginning of July to fall to 45-42 on the season. Toronto has been playing great since then with a 13-4 record over its last 17 games. That run includes a 5-0 record in the team’s last five games coming off a loss, as they will be on Thursday after losing to the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Wednesday.
Great pitching has played a large role in Toronto’s recent success. The Blue Jays have allowed only 2.9 runs per game over their last 10 games, bringing their team ERA on the season down to 3.86 in the process.
Minnesota Made Trades To Improve Its Pitching Ahead Of The Trade Deadline
The Twins are 8-12 over their last 20 games, and their lead atop the American League Central has slipped to just one game over the Cleveland Guardians. Minnesota made a few moves at the MLB trade deadline to address their pitching issues, adding a pair of bullpen arms in Michael Fulmer and all-star Jorge Lopez and a starter in Tyler Mahle.
Those moves could help Minnesota improve on a 4.04 team ERA that ranks 20th in the majors. Bettors taking Minnesota as their Blue Jays vs Twins prediction on Thursday will be hoping to see Lopez preserving a lead late in this one.
Blue Jays vs Twins Pick & Insights
Blue Jays: Keys To Victory
Alek Manoah has been great on the road this season with a 2.37 ERA in 10 starts away from home. The Blue Jays offense has been slumping a bit with only 3.14 runs scored over the team’s last seven games, so it may be up to Manoah to carry Toronto to a Blue Jays vs Twins prediction victory.
Twins: Keys To Victory
The Twins are 9-1 in the last 10 games that they have allowed four or fewer runs. If Sonny Gray and the bullpen can contain this slumping Toronto offense, Minnesota should have a shot at pulling off a home upset as a Blue Jays vs Twins pick.
MLB Computer Pick: Jays ML -120
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