There were a lot of baseball purists who were less than pleased when MLB introduced the Wild Card format into the playoff picture, but there can be no denying that it has made things a whole lot more exciting. The Wild Card race in the American League is as tense as it gets right now, and a pair of teams involved in the chase, the Toronto Blue Jays and Minnesota Twins, are in the middle of a 4-game series that continues on Wednesday night in Toronto with the Blue Jays listed as -190 favorites on betting lines.
How to Bet on the Minnesota Twins at Toronto Blue Jays MLB Odds Prediction & Game Info
Date: Wednesday, August 05, 2015
Time: 7:07PM ET
Venue: Rogers Centre
Opening Line: Toronto -190 / Minnesota +180
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) August 4, 2015
The Toronto Blue Jays (55-52) decided to go all in at the trade deadline by making a number of major moves. The biggest of the lot saw them land Troy Tulowitzki and David Price in a pair of deals that makes them more potent and a little more solid defensively. The Price trade paid instant dividends, as he was the winning pitcher in the first game of this series.
The Blue Jays have won 5 of their last 6 games, and are among the teams tied at the top of the Wild Card standings. The Twins are right in there with the, which is why this series is such an important one, even with 50+ games still to come. It’s all about momentum in this sport, and right now, the Blue Jays have it. Drew Hutchison (9-2, 5.42 ERA) for the Jays, who are 8-2 in the last 10 games that he has started.
The Twins (54-51) have made a disastrous start to the second half, and have yet to win any of their series since the break ended. Their slide has seen them fall 8.5 games off the pace being set by the Kansas City Royals, and they are now just clinging to a Wild Card spot by the skin of their teeth. They must have looked at this series as a way to get back on track in the standing, but the 5-1 loss in the opening game means that the Blue Jays can climb over them with a win on Tuesday night. Minnesota is giving up a lot of runs right now, and even when their bats get hot, they can’t seem to do enough to keep pace with the damage done by their pitching staff. Tyler Duffey will get his first career start in the Wednesday night game.
Key Betting Trends
Toronto is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Toronto is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Toronto’s last 10 games at home
Toronto is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Minnesota
Toronto is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games when playing at home against Minnesota
Minnesota is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 5 games
Minnesota is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Minnesota’s last 8 games on the road
Minnesota is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Toronto
Consider This Before Placing Your Bet
The Blue Jays have the most potent offense in baseball, which could very well mean a rude welcome to the major leagues for Duffey. I like Toronto to win this one going away.