Toronto Blue Jays vs. Minnesota Twins Prediction, Preview, and Odds – 5-26-2023

A pair of American League teams open up a weekend series on the diamond up in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. The Toronto Blue Jays are on the road as they play the first game of a three-game set with the Minnesota Twins Friday night. Toronto closed out a four-game road set with Tampa Bay Thursday hoping to earn a split of the series. The Blue Jays fell 7-3 in the third game of the series Wednesday night. Minnesota avoided a sweep at the hands of the Giants at home Wednesday afternoon as they prevailed 7-1 in the series finale Wednesday afternoon. Last season, the Twins won the season series 4-3, though the teams split four games in the most recent series, which came at Target Field August 4-7, 2022.

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Toronto entered Thursday losers of six of their previous seven games as they were beaten by Tampa Bay Wednesday. The Blue Jays went into Thursday’s action 26-24 on the year and stood tied for fourth in the AL East, 9.5 games behind the Rays for the top spot in the division. On Wednesday, Toronto got two hits each from Bo Bichette (run) and Daulton Varsho, though it wasn’t enough to get a victory. Cavan Biggio added his third homer of the season in a losing effort for the Blue Jays. Yusei Kikuchi (5-2) took the loss as he allowed five runs on eight hits with two walks and five strikeouts over five innings before departing.

Kevin Gausman is on the mound for the Blue Jays as he makes his 11th start of the season in this contest. He is 2-3 with a 3.14 ERA, a 1.079 WHIP, 11 walks and 81 strikeouts over 63 innings of work this year. Gausman didn’t factor in the decision in his last start, which came at home against the Orioles Sunday afternoon. He threw eight innings, allowing two runs on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts in a game Toronto eventually dropped 8-3 in 11 innings. In his last three starts, Gausman has no record with a 1.71 ERA, a 0.86 WHIP, four walks and 23 strikeouts over 21 innings of work. Gausman makes his 10th career start against the Twins in this contest. He comes in 0-4 with a 6.36 ERA, a 1.393 WHIP, nine walks and 53 strikeouts over 46.2 innings of work against them. Gausman is 0-1 with a 6.57 ERA, a 1.46 WHIP, four walks and 30 strikeouts over 24.2 innings in five career starts at Target Field.

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