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Blue Jays vs. Twins MLB Pick / Gambling Preview (Oct. 2)

MLB Saturday Preview – Blue Jays vs Twins

Before baseball gambling fans turn their attention to other sports betting events, we have the Saturday MLB game of the day pick for you. It’s time for our weekly baseball picks for online MLB betting action.

Season Record:
Minnesota: 93-66 SU
Toronto: 83-76 SU

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MLB Game Preview for October 2, 2010: Toronto Blue Jays @ Minnesota Twins

Three more games left in the illustrious coaching career of Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston. Gaston has been on and off with the Jays for 10 years, but with the team in rebuilding mode, the coach has agreed to step aside at season’s end to make room for a manager that better suits the new model of this club. The reality of contention for a division crown may not be as far off as the sports betting world may believe. The pitching, led by former first round pick Ricky Romero, is young, talented and salary-controlled for the near future. The offense can hit home runs like nobody’s business, as they recently set a franchise record for dingers in a season. They’re not in contention yet, but another year or two with the same core team and we may have the second coming of the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Minnesota Twins secured their AL Central crown a week ago, before anyone else in the league could do the same. That’s an incredible feat for a team in the bottom half of salary, and it really speaks to the makeup and collective attitude of the club. Coach Ron Gardenhire is finally getting recognition as one of the best managers in all of baseball, if not already the best.

The aforementioned season-long home run spree by the Jays is a testament to the entire team, but there is a clear favourite for the most effective and most surprising slugger in the clubhouse. If you’re into MLB betting, you know Jose Bautista has come out of seemingly nowhere to lead the league with 54 home runs, over 10 more than his closest follower. It’s an incredible achievement for someone who never hit more than 16 in a season before 2010. Since baseball operates in the reverse justice system, Bautista is considered guilty of steroids before being found innocent. His reasoning for the power is sound, however. A new swing and a dedication to hitting in one spot (all but one of his home runs has been hit to left field) are legit factors for the power burst. His home run total in 2011 will be one of the most scrutinized and studied events next season.

The Twins, however, are missing their top slugger, and getting on pretty without him. Justin Morneau has been out of action for most of the season after a concussion he suffered earlier in the year (versus these very same Blue Jays). His absences didn’t prevent another division title, but he will be needed should the Twins want to make their postseason last. He’s been ruled out for the ALDS, but a comeback in the Championship Series is a possibility. A “healthy” Morneau would be a massive boost for the Twins, and force sports wagering sites to take Minnesota that much more seriously as a World Series threat.

The Twins are monsters at home, the Blue Jays have been known to struggle on the road. The same goes for the starting pitchers: Shaun Marcum is 7-5 with a 4.15 ERA outside of Toronto, while Brian Duensing is 6-1 with a 1.59 ERA at Target Field. Don’t believe for a second the Twins aren’t motivated to play out the rest of the season. Their starting pitching, which is one of the reasons they clinched the playoffs as early as they did, needs to be sharp heading into the postseason. Minnesota will either play New York or Tampa Bay, two teams with potent offenses that can give any pitching staff fits. The Jays are a good test, as they can hit with the best of them. For MLB betting sakes, believe that Minnesota will close out the season on a successful note.

Pick: Minnesota Twins 6-2

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