Blue Jays vs. Twins Thursday Prediction

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Minnesota Twins, 4/18/2019 Predictions & Odds

The Twins have struggled to beat the Blue Jays in Minnesota but did pick up a win last night. Will they salvage a series split with Toronto when these teams wrap up their series at 1:10 p.m. ET on Thursday?

Game Snapshot & Odds

963 Toronto Blue Jays (+160) at 964 Minnesota Twins (-182); 8.5 runs

Thursday, April 18, 2019

1:10 p.m. ET, Target Field, Minneapolis, MN

Compare odds and from multiple different online sportsbooks and shop for the best lines at our new Baseball Odds & Betting Page.

Public Betting Trends

According to our MLB Public Betting Chart page, 51% of the betting tickets are on the Twins to beat the Blue Jays on the moneyline.

Toronto Blue Jays Fantasy Spin

Rowdy Tellez went 0-for-4 and struck out twice against the Twins on Wednesday. Tellez has whiffed in 11 straight games, and he's down to .194 with a 19/4 K/BB ratio in 49 plate appearances this season. He shouldn't be in any danger of being demoted at the moment, but he can't afford a prolonged slump at this early stage of his MLB career

Minnesota Twins Fantasy Spin

Nelson Cruz went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI and a walk against the Blue Jays on Wednesday. Cruz isn't hitting the ball quite as hard as usual this year, but he has a nice .313/.476/.500 line after 11 games. It doesn't seem all that likely that he'll get to 37 homers for a sixth straight year.

MLB Betting Trends

Toronto

The Blue Jays are 55-26 in their last 81 games against the Twins.

Minnesota

The Twins are just 13-28 in their last 41 home games against the Blue Jays despite beating Toronto last night at Target Field.

Prediction:

While it’s only three starts, Michael Pineda has pitched well for the Twins. His 3.49 SIERA is in line with his 3.00 ERA and he has excelled by striking batters out (26.3% K rate) and not issuing free passes (3.5% BB rate). Opposing batters are hitting him hard (42.5% hard contact rate) but the Blue Jays were held to just one run last night despite having a decent matchup against Jake Odorizzi. On the other side, Clay Buchholz keeps finding a way to be competitive but he too allows plenty of hard contact (45.0%) and he’s due for regression seeing as how his 4.41 SIERA doesn’t match his 1.50 ERA. I expect Pineda to pitch well and for Minnesota’s bats to come alive versus Buchholz, thus making the Twins’ runline the best play on the board.

The Pick: Minnesota Twins -1.5 (+105)

Loading...

MLB Headlines

MLB Predictions & Picks

Thumbnail Twins vs. Angels Prediction The first-place Minnesota Twins will be in action tonight as they open a series at the Los Angeles Angels. Can Minnesota notch the victory as the...
Thumbnail White Sox vs. Astros Prediction The Houston Astros' dominant offense will face an inexperienced starting pitcher tonight as they host the Chicago White Sox. Will that lead to the over...
Thumbnail Nationals vs. Mets Prediction The New York Mets are coming off a pathetic performance over the weekend and will look to turn it around at home tonight against the Washington Nationals. Can New York...
Thumbnail Athletics vs. Indians Prediction The Oakland Athletics are coming off a strong road series over the weekend and will look to continue their strong play away from home tonight at the Cleveland...
Thumbnail Braves vs. Giants Monday Prediction The Braves will send Mike Soroka to the hill on Monday night when they open a new series with the Giants at Oracle Park in San Francisco. Listed as a road...