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Saturday Free Pick – MLB – Toronto vs Minnesota

09 June, 2023

At Rogers Centre on Saturday, the Toronto Blue Jays (36-28) will host the Minnesota Twins (31-32). Joe Ryan and Kevin Gausman are anticipated to get the nod in the starting rotation.

The Minnesota Twins rank 18th in the league with 4.3 runs scored per game as a team. With 268 runs scored, they have a.312 OBP. The Twins have collectively hit 78 balls outside of the stadium and accounted for 98 doubles. They have 478 base hits and 255 RBIs for the season, and their batting average is currently sitting at .229. Minnesota is hitting.395 and has been walked 220 times while being called out on strikes 634 times.

The Twins now rank second in MLB with a team ERA of 3.46 and 590 strikeouts. Pitchers for the Twins have given up 231 runs and 61 long balls, which ranks second in the league. This season, they have walked 182 opponents, and as a team, they have a 3.66 FIP. Minnesota has given up 214 earned runs and 467 base hits (7.6 per 9 innings). The pitching staff currently has a WHIP of 1.17 and has a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.24.

The Twins’ relief pitchers have entered the game in 56 save situations and had a 52.0% save percentage. This year, the relief pitchers have faced 67 baserunners, and 26.9% of them have reached base. Pitchers in the Twins bullpen have faced high leverage situations 66 times and have entered games with runners on base 49 times. 183 relievers have been used by the Twins this season. This season, the relievers have accumulated 31 holds, which ranks 18th in the league. This year, they have made 13 saves while missing 12 of their 25 chances to make saves.

Over the course of the season, the Minnesota Twins have 1,668 putouts, 484 assists, and 35 mistakes. They currently have a .984 fielding percentage, which ranks 23rd in MLB, and have turned over a total of 42 double plays. Out of 5,004 innings, the Twins have turned 70.4% of balls in play into outs, placing them sixth in MLB.

Throughout his career, Ryan has pitched 245 innings and recorded 261 strikeouts. Ryan (career record of 22-12) has faced 987 opposing hitters in the major leagues and has a FIP of 3.57. He has a WHIP of 1.023 and an earned run average of 3.38 (92 ER’s allowed). He has walked 66 times and given up 185 hits (6.8 hits per nine innings).

The Toronto Blue Jays now have a batting average of.264 and a team OBP of.333 for the season. They have 577 base hits and have been called out on strikes 487 times, which ranks 26th in MLB. Toronto currently has 275 RBIs and 75 home runs for the season. The Blue Jays rank 11th in MLB with 4.63 runs scored per game and a slugging percentage of.426. They have scored 292 runs, walked 211 times, and recorded 113 doubles.

The Blue Jays currently have a team WHIP of 1.254 and a FIP of 4.34 for the current campaign. With 594 strikeouts and 204 bases on balls, they have a strikeout to walk ratio of 9.60. With 497 total hits allowed, their pitching staff is ranked 10th in MLB. They are ninth in the league for runs allowed per nine innings (4.23), with 84 home runs allowed. The Toronto pitching staff has allowed 263 runs while sporting a 3.83 ERA (238 earned runs given up) thus far this season.

The Blue Jays have had 60 save opportunities, resulting in 35 holds and 6 missed saves. Toronto relievers entered the game in 25 opportunities to save, and they came away with 19 saves. Their bullpen pitchers have taken the mound 65 times with runners on base and 62 times in high leverage situations. 21.3% of the 94 inherited runners were scored by Toronto bullpen relievers. They had 206 bullpen relievers on the field this season and are ranked third in baseball with a save percentage of 76.0%.

The Toronto Blue Jays’ fielding percentage of.986 ranks them 17th in MLB and they have turned 47 double plays. This season, the Blue Jays have recorded 1,679 putouts, 500 assists, 32 errors, and a total of 500 putouts. The Blue Jays have a defensive efficiency of 70.1% in 5,037 innings played, which ranks eighth in MLB.

In 1,434 innings of professional baseball, Gausman has struck out 1,479 batters while giving up 1,422 base hits. Gausman (81-85 record in career) has a 3.86 ERA and allows 8.9 hits per 9 innings. He has a WHIP of 1.265, a FIP of 3.6, 615 earned runs allowed, and a WHIP of 1.265. He has faced 6,021 opposition batters in his career, and his strikeout to walk ratio is 3.77.

Which team will prevail on the moneyline or spread in tonight’s MLB game?

Pick: Take Toronto

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