Toronto opened its final road trip of the season this week with losses in two of three dates with the AL East leaders Tampa Bay Rays, leaving the team firmly positioned on the playoff bubble before the Thursday night game at Target Field.
The Blue Jays closed their streak at Tampa Bay on Wednesday with a decisive 7-1 loss to the Rays. Toronto remains in a three-way race with the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees for the two American League wild card spots ahead of their streak with the Twins this weekend. To stay in this race, the Blue Jays will be looking to get rid of their recent inconsistent play.
After opening September with a scorching 15-2 run, the Blue Jays have cooled off considerably over the past week with just four wins in their last eight outings. Toronto has struggled at times to contain opposing hitters during its recent patchy streak, allowing six or more runs three times in its last six games. The team must also find a way to regain their offensive touch after scoring just nine points in total while losing two of three games to the Rays.
The upside for the Blue Jays is their recent solid play on the road. Despite this week’s struggles at Tampa Bay, the Blue Jays have managed to rack up 10 wins in their last 13 dates away from Rogers Center, averaging over 6.6 points per game during that streak. However, that hasn’t translated into stable returns for those taking the OVER on betting sites, who have only paid five of their last 14 away dates.
The Blue Jays also had mixed results against the Twins, who return home for Thursday’s game with +122 underdogs. Toronto has collected wins in just five of its last 14 meetings with the Twins, but has claimed victory in three of four games during its last visit to Minnesota two years ago. Toronto is also poised to capitalize on the Twins’ recent struggles at home, where they are averaging just 3.2 points per game while losing seven of nine.