Blue Jays Host Twins as Trade Deadline Approaches

Toronto Blue Jays

Santana Makes Season Debut Against Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays (46-54, -8.00 betting units) are undefeated since the All-Star Game. With little hope of making the postseason, they’ll likely make some moves before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Wednesday they face the Minnesota Twins (46-53, -7.73 units).

TV: 4:07 p.m. ET, FS North (Minnesota), Sportsnet (Toronto)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Twins RH Ervin Santana (2017: 16-8, 3.28 ERA) vs. Blue Jays RH Sam Gaviglio (2-3, 4.59)

ODDS: Toronto is listed as a -113-moneyline favorite. The total is sitting at 9.5.

Ervin Santana has traveled a winding road in his bid to return from a lengthy absence. This was due to surgery to remove calcium deposits from his right middle finger in February. The veteran right-hander will be activated off the disabled list to make his season debut on Wednesday.

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Sam Gaviglio is getting the nod for Toronto. The Jays are 6-6 behind Gaviglio this year for a +0.76 units against the MLB betting lines. Gaviglio saw his winless skid reach 10 outings on Friday. He allowed four runs on seven hits over a career-high 7 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Orioles.

Gaviglio was taken deep on two occasions versus Baltimore and 12 times in his last 11 outings. Joe Mauer is 3-for-5 in his career against Gaviglio. The hurler has limited the rest of the current crop of Twins to just a 3-for-28 performance at the plate.

Toronto has mustered just three runs in consecutive losses after erupting for 17 in a three-game sweep of Baltimore. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. carries a streak of seven straight multi-hit performances into Wednesday’s series finale.

Twins Playing Well Since All-Star Break

Eduardo Escobar is riding a five-game hitting streak. He belted a three-run homer in Tuesday’s 5-0 romp to improve to 4-for-7 with three extra-base hits and five RBIs in the series.

Santana (3.28 ERA last year) will make his 2018 season debut. The veteran made the AL All-Star squad for the second time last year. He led Minnesota to +4.07 units in earnings on a team record of 19-14.

Santana, owns a 6-7 mark with a 3.84 ERA in 19 career starts against Toronto. He has flustered Yangervis Solarte (1-for-15) and Kendrys Morales (4-for-19, four strikeouts).

Eddie Rosario has scored at least one run in 10 straight contests.


Recent Form

Teamrecordmoneyvs LHPvs RHPFaveDogO/UDiff
Pitchers Last 3 Starts

E Santana (0-0) ERA: 0.00

event dateOpponentResultscoreOU Resultipmoney
Oct 3, 2017NYYL4-8O2-$100.00
Sep 28, 2017CLEL2-5U5-$100.00
Sep 23, 2017DETW10-4O7$66.00

Sam Gaviglio (2-3) ERA: 4.59

event dateOpponentResultscoreOU Resultipmoney
Jul 20, 2018BALW8-7O7.2$68.00
Jul 14, 2018BOSL2-6U3.1-$100.00
Jul 11, 2018ATLL5-9O1.2-$100.00


Minnesota’s relievers have pitched 7.2 innings in the last 3 games.
Toronto’s relievers have pitched 14 innings in the last 3 games.
Pitcher Recent Starts Vs Opponent

Minnesota Twins – E Santana

DatescoreWinneriphitsRunsEarned RunswalksstrikeoutsDecision
Aug 27, 20168-7TOR6.256654No Decision
May 19, 20163-2TOR842225No Decision
Aug 3, 20155-1TOR663332Loss
Aug 30, 20133-2TOR743226Loss
Apr 14, 20133-2KC872134No Decision

Toronto Blue Jays – Sam Gaviglio

DatescoreWinneriphitsRunsEarned RunswalksstrikeoutsDecision
Sep 7, 20174-2MIN541133No Decision
Jun 14, 20176-4SEA5.154405Win


Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense4.52124.9223
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense4.42144.6722
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense4.43164.7021
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense4.44164.8822

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayaway scoreHomehome scorelineO/UAway PitcherHome PitcherAway HitsHome HitsAway WalksHome WalksAway StrikeoutsHome Strikeouts
Jul 24, 2018MIN5TOR01018.5UJose Berrios (R)Ryan Borucki (L)9511511
Jul 23, 2018MIN8TOR3-1219.5OAdalberto Mejia (L)Luis Santos (R)131125129
May 2, 2018TOR0MIN4-1029UMarcus Stroman (R)Fernando Romero (R)693397
May 1, 2018TOR7MIN4-1249OMarco Estrada (R)Kyle Gibson (R)10871126
Apr 30, 2018TOR7MIN5-11610OAaron Sanchez (R)Lance Lynn (R)10106475
Sep 17, 2017TOR7MIN13-1339OJoe Biagini (R)Kyle Gibson (R)61664107
Sep 16, 2017TOR7MIN2-1229.5UMarco Estrada (R)Adalberto Mejia (L)11441104
Sep 15, 2017TOR4MIN31059.5UJ.A. Happ (L)Bartolo Colon (R)875157
Sep 14, 2017TOR2MIN3-1379.5UBrett Anderson (L)Jose Berrios (R)8767116
Aug 27, 2017MIN7TOR2-1399.5UKyle Gibson (R)Joe Biagini (R)14731179

MLB Betting Odds and Trends

Team Vs Division Or Conference

Minnesota Twins

recordHomeAwayFaveDogO/Uvs LHPvs RHP
Last 106-44-12-34-42-06-42-14-3
vs Div19-1711-68-1113-146-315-20-15-414-13
vs AL40-4126-1714-2425-2216-1937-42-212-1228-29
vs NL6-123-53-73-53-711-6-10-46-8

Toronto Blue Jays

recordHomeAwayFaveDogO/Uvs LHPvs RHP
Last 104-63-21-43-11-56-40-44-2
vs Div17-2512-105-1511-37-2115-24-32-1315-12
vs AL37-4922-2515-2422-1616-3238-41-710-2527-24
vs NL9-55-24-35-14-410-41-08-5
Team Last 5 Games

Minnesota Twins

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalstarteripopposing starterLocation
Jul 24, 2018TOR5-0W-1118.5Jose Berrios7Ryan BoruckiA
Jul 23, 2018TOR8-3W1119.5Adalberto Mejia5.1Luis SantosA
Jul 22, 2018KC3-5L-1369.5J Odorizzi6Brad KellerA
Jul 21, 2018KC2-4L-1439.5L Lynn5Jake JunisA
Jul 20, 2018KC5-6L-1278.5K Gibson5.1D DuffyA

Toronto Blue Jays

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalstarteripopposing starterLocation
Jul 24, 2018MIN0-5L1018.5Ryan Borucki6Jose BerriosH
Jul 23, 2018MIN3-8L-1219.5Luis Santos2Adalberto MejiaH
Jul 22, 2018BAL5-4W-1948.5J Happ5A CashnerH
Jul 21, 2018BAL4-1W-1909M Stroman7A CobbH
Jul 20, 2018BAL8-7W-1468.5Sam Gaviglio7.2D BundyH

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