A night off as we focused on football yesterday. It ended up being a profitable day, and we’re back looking for more to conclude the weekend. Friday was an easy winner for us in MLB, with the OVER easily sailing over the posted total between the Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox. Things continue to get more and more interesting as we creep closer to the last day of the regular season. In any case, there’s still plenty of time for team to make moves. The Twins are in the thick of the equation, while the Blue Jays must find a way to claw back. They helped themselves out with a 10-9 win over the Twins yesterday. Despite the win, though, the Jays are still 5 games back, with six teams in line ahead of them.
Crazier things have happened than coming back from that with a month left, however. It was a blow to the Twins, who are grasping on to a 0.5 game lead for the final wildcard. The Jays haven’t made it a nice weekend for them, as the Twins will search for a win on Sunday to fend off a bunch of other teams breathing down their necks. It’s going to be close, it’s going to come down to the wire and I couldn’t tell you who is going to come out of it all. The Yankees haven’t budged from their hold of the top wildcard, but continue to trail the Red Sox for the AL East.
The Blue Jays’ offense came out to play yesterday, too bad it hasn’t bee a consistent effort for them at the plate. Though. The Jays put up 10, including a 6 run inning in the 5th. Josh Donaldson had the biggest outing, getting the best of the Twins going 5-for-3 with 3 RBIs and a long ball. Donaldson has been showing off his power lately, with this being his third homer since August 22nd. It is probably too late for Donaldson to bring them back, though. Jose Bautista has been nothing but a bust, hitting .208 with 20 dingers. If he was looking for one last big contract, he did himself no favors in 2017. Head below where we look for a winning pick between the Twins and Blue Jays.
Minnesota Twins vs. Toronto Blue Jays Pick
Kyle Gibson (7-10, 5.76 ERA) vs. Joe Biagini (3-8, 5.11 ERA)
The Jays are dearly missing the bat of Edwin Encarnacion there in the middle of the lineup. He gave this team a lot of life and energy as well, something the Blue Jays have been missing in 2017. Other than Donaldson, nobody comes off as a leader on the Blue Jays. Joe Biagini has the opportunity to show something on Sunday. Since some early starts, Biagini hasn’t been fairing too well. In the first two starts of his career he didn’t allow a run, but then he got pushed around and demoted back to the bullpen. This will be Biagini’s first start since July 2nd, where he got demolished for 7 runs against the Red Sox. He had a brief stint in Buffalo and hasn’t made an appearance since August 2nd.
Biagini holds a 5.11 ERA and a woeful ERA of 7.71 in his last three appearances. Kyle Gibson will counter for the Twins, who is coming in with a 5.76 ERA on the year. Gibson hasn’t had the best history against the Jays, getting hit for a .296 batting average. Bautista is hitting .444, while Donaldson is hitting .500. I think the offensive production continues from yesterday and we see a winning pick on the OVER at the Rogers Centre.
PICK: OVER 9.5 (-110)