Minnesota Twins vs. Toronto Blue Jays: Odds, Prediction

Payton Matthews | Updated Jun 02, 2022

The Jays will be heavy favourites on the MLB odds for Friday’s opener with Yusei Kikuchi scheduled to pitch.

Minnesota
78-84
AT
June 03, 2022, 7:07 PM ET
Rogers Centre
Toronto
92-70
Runline +1.5 +103
Moneyline +196
Over / Under o +9.5

12%

Betting Action

88%

Runline -1.5 -124
Moneyline -236
Over / Under u +9.5

12%

Betting Action

88%

The AL Central-leading Minnesota Twins – but likely not All-Star Carlos Correa – make their lone visit of the season this weekend to Toronto.

Twins vs. Jays Betting Analysis

The Twins are a small-market club but spent some money this offseason to sign All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa away from the Houston Astros as well as extend five-tool center fielder Byron Buxton long term and add a few players in trade (Gary Sanchez, Sonny Gray to name two).

So far so good as Minnesota leads the AL Central after finishing 15 games under .500 last year. Correa tested positive for COVID on Monday, so presumably he will not play in this series. The former AL Rookie of the Year is hitting .279 with just three homers and 16 RBIs. He can re-enter free agency next winter should he choose. This writer isn’t sure if the Twins have enough starting pitching to hold off the White Sox in the AL Central.

Last season, Toronto won four of seven in the series. Teoscar Hernandez hit .259 with three homers and six RBIs, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. .231 with a homer and two knocked in. Buxton hit .269 with two homers and four RBIs for Minnesota. Max Kepler was just 2-for-18 with six strikeouts.

Minnesota Twins

The Twins will not bring their best starting pitcher to Toronto in Joe Ryan as he has landed on the COVID list. Outfielder Gilberto Celestino was on it but has passed through protocols and will travel. He may not play Friday, though. Another starting pitcher, Sonny Gray, landed on the injured list Thursday. Backup shortstop Royce Lewis, the club’s top prospect, is out with a knee injury. With so much up in the air regarding the rotation, the Twins haven’t officially named a starter for Friday, but it’s likely to be veteran journeyman Chi Chi Gonzalez, who is 9-23 in 261.2 big-league innings with a 5.64 ERA. The Twins signed Gonzalez to a minor-league contract as a free agent this offseason. In eight appearances in Triple-A, he has a 3.44 ERA.

Toronto Blue Jays

Will the Jays have outfielder and leadoff hitter George Springer on Friday? He didn’t start the past two with a non-COVID illness. He’s batting .277 with nine homers and 26 RBIs. The Jays are 10-4-2 in series play, going undefeated over their last five (4-0-1). Starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu landed on the injured list Thursday and right-hander Jeremy Beasley was called up from Triple-A to take his spot on the roster. He’ll work out of the bullpen. It’s lefty Yusei Kikuchi (2-1, 3.48 ERA) on the mound Friday. He was terrific in May with a 2-0 record and 2.36 ERA in five starts. Last year with Seattle, he faced the Twins once and took a no-decision in allowing two runs over six. No current Twins player has homered off him. Byron Buxton is 2-for-6 with two Ks. Jorge Polanco is 3-for-9.

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