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Twins open as moneyline underdog vs Blue Jays

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Oct 1, 7:07 PM | TurfRogers Centre

Minnesota Twins vs Toronto Blue Jays Odds

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The Blue Jays get a visit from the Minnesota Twins in baseball action on Monday, with the home side looking to send the visitors to the showers with a loss.

Esmerling Vasquez, with a record of 0-2 on the season, gets the ball for the Twins, while the Blue Jays trot Aaron Laffey to the mound in this one. He is 4-6 so far in 2012.

View Minnesota vs Toronto Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're going with the Blue Jays in this one, they're listed as moneyline favorites of -135 on most baseball betting menus for Monday's contest.

Power Rankings:
The Blue Jays - Twins odds would favor the Blue Jays if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Toronto is rated No. 12 in the current American League Odds Shark poll, while Minnesota is at No. 13 in the American League.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Toronto's No. 8-rated American League offense, averaging 4.4 runs per game, against a Twins defense that ranks No. 13 in the American League at 5.2 in runs allowed per game. The Blue Jays have averaged 8.3 hits per game so far, less than Twins batters have averaged on the year (8.9 hits per game).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Toronto has the American League's No. 11-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Twins own the American League's No. 13 mark in runs allowed.

Last time out for Minnesota, they were a 2-1 loser as they battled the Tigers at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Tigers at -162 were rewarded, while the 3 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Minnesota suffered a 2-1 loss against Detroit on Sunday, as Liam Hendriks wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Target Field.

The Blue Jays were a 9-6 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Yankees. That made winners of bettors who got New York at -162 on the moneyline, while the total score (15) was good news for OVER bettors. Toronto didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 9-6 to New York on Sunday at Rogers Centre.

Minnesota Twins Trends:
When playing on Monday are 4-6
Before playing Toronto are 2-8
After playing Detroit are 3-7
After a loss are 5-5

Toronto Blue Jays Trends:
When playing on Monday are 3-7
Before playing Minnesota are 8-2
After playing NY Yankees are 4-6
After a loss are 4-6

A few Twins at Blue Jays trends to consider:
Minnesota is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Minnesota's last 9 games when playing Toronto
Minnesota is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Minnesota is 4-12 SU in its last 16 games when playing Toronto
Toronto is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Minnesota
Toronto is 12-4 SU in its last 16 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Toronto's last 9 games when playing Minnesota

Next up:
Minnesota at Toronto, Tuesday, October 2