What a year it has been for the Toronto Blue Jays. Unfortunately, we are talking from a negative perspective – John Gibbons’ side have struggled to build momentum for the most part of the campaign and, just as they have been from the early months, Toronto are still rooted to the bottom of the American League East.
Now, they must travel to Minnesota to face a Twins side with playoff aspirations. Unlike the Blue Jays, Minnesota Twins are still very much in the postseason mix and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see the American League Central franchise go far. They are some distance behind arch rivals Cleveland Indians but this could be Minnesota’s season to shine on the big stage. Ahead of the game, it’s actually a very tight result market with Toronto at 9/10 with Winner Sports and the Twins coming in at a top price of 21/20 with Bet365.
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Toronto have given up. Maybe not to the extent of not trying at all but the Blue Jays aren’t giving 100% for the franchise anymore; potential free agents are now playing for their own future careers and some are desperately trying to save their own standing with Toronto. In their last 10 Major League Baseball contests, the Blue Jays have won five and lost five – a pillar of inconsistency as per usual.
KEY MAN: KENDRYS MORALES. As with most weeks, this decision is a tossup between Morales, Josh Donaldson and Justin Smoak but we are giving the nod to Morales. It hasn’t been the best of years for the Toronto big hitter but then again, only two or three Blue Jays stars can rightly claim that they have had career-high campaigns. If anyone can lead Toronto to a surprise win here, it might just be Morales.
He is just one of many players in potential danger of being traded away and Toronto fans may actually want him to depart after a fairly sub-par year by his usual standards. The Blue Jays are in dire need of something to cheer about and Morales, if he regains his confidence and best form, has that ‘wow factor’ that Toronto have been lacking. Watch this space, he could be set for a major role this weekend.
The Twins have been in fine form as of late, winning six of their last 10 Major League Baseball games – a solid run to say the least. Consistency still eludes them but there is no doubting Minnesota’s deep pool of talent. The collective is certainly more important than its individual parts for the Twins. If they bring their A-game, they should be too strong for a Blue Jays side that has practically given up in recent weeks.
With three World Series titles, Minnesota are not one of the most successful franchises but they are on an upwards trajectory. Their last victory came back in 1991 but the Twins have potential to challenge in the coming years. They are five wins clear of the Kansas City Royals in third place in the division and it is now all about consistency and momentum ahead of what could be a very memorable few months for Minnesota supporters.
It is almost impossible to look past a Twins victory here. Minnesota are a class above their opponents and this could be a very one sided contest. The Blue Jays are not without talent but backing Toronto based on potential and “what if’s” has not exactly worked well in recent times. For now, it is probably better to stick with the Twins and expect a fairly comprehensive home triumph.
TWINS 6-2 BLUE JAYS