The Minnesota Twins and Toronto Blue Jays square off on Sunday with first pitch set for 1:37 p.m. ET. The game takes place at Rogers Centre in Toronto and will only be available on local TV or through an MLB.tv subscription. Minnesota will send lefty Devin Smeltzer (2-0, 1.50 ERA) to the mound as Toronto counters with Kevin Gausman (5-3, 2.51 ERA).
The Twins (31-24) are sitting atop the AL Central but still have lost four of their last five games. They were able to get the win in the series opener as both Kyle Garlick and Jose Miranda knocked two home runs in the game and Minnesota took the 9-3 win. The Twins wrap this series and will have an off day Monday before returning home to welcome the New York Yankees to town for a three-game series. Smeltzer will make his fifth start of the season on Sunday. In his last outing, he pitched 6.2 innings and gave up six hits and two earned runs while striking out four on his way to his second win of the year.
The Blue Jays (31-21) are 9-1 over their last 10 games and are second in the AL East. They dropped the series opener on Friday but rebounded with a strong win on Saturday. Jose Berrios struck out 13 as Bo Bichette, Alejandro Kirk and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. each went yard. Gausman will take the mound in the series finale to make his 11th start of the season. In his last outing, he pitched five innings and gave up six hits and three earned runs while striking out five for his fifth win of the year. Toronto heads to Kansas City for a three-game series starting on Monday.
Twins vs. Blue Jays
Pitchers: Devin Smeltzer vs. Kevin Gausman
First pitch: 1:37 p.m. ET
Twins local broadcast: Bally Sports North
Blue Jays local broadcast: Sportsnet
Live stream: MLB.tv (subscription)
Odds, picks & predictions
Run Line: Toronto -1.5
Run total: 8.5
Moneyline odds: Minnesota +200, Toronto -250
Moneyline pick: Blue Jays -250
The Blue Jays got surprised on Friday but demonstrated the power of their lineup on Saturday. Gausman has been solid this season and the Toronto lineup can certainly give him run support. Smeltzer has only had a few outings this season, but this will likely be his toughest yet. It is hard to beat this Blue Jays team, and I don’t think the Twins win this series.
Player prop pick: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. over 0.5 home runs (+350)
Vlad has left the yard in back-to-back games, three times in his past four, and five times in his past 10. That power drought he experienced for weeks earlier this spring is officially over. Smeltzer has pitched well lately, but there aren’t many pitchers who can keep Guerrero in the park with the way he’s swinging right now.
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