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Minnesota Twins vs. Toronto Blue Jays Betting Preview

Written by Andrew Scofield   
Friday, 05 July 2013 10:31

Minnesota Twins against Toronto Blue JaysThe Toronto Blue Jays are in need of a powerful finishing kick just before the 2013 All-Star break. They hope to make ground in the A.L. East when they host the Minnesota Twins.

Minnesota Twins @ Toronto Blue Jays – Saturday, July 6

In an online casino, it is a fact of life that you have to take gambles. In this game, though, the gamble would be to bet on Minnesota, and that doesn’t seem like a particularly prudent play.

It’s true that Minnesota defeated Toronto in five games in the 1991 American League Championship Series, en route to the Twins’ second World Series title in five seasons (the other one coming in 1987). However, regardless of the pay per head sites you prefer, you will have to acknowledge that the Blue Jays are now a team that has more of a future and more of a chance to make the playoffs within the confines of the 2013 season.

 

The best angle to take on this game is the one in which the Blue Jays emerge as the better choice. For one thing, Minnesota starting pitcher Scott Diamond has a 5.18 ERA, roughly six tenths of a run higher than the mark owned by Toronto starter R.A. Dickey (4.59 ERA). Diamond has just not been able to generate much of any high-quality consistency this season, and the other thing to realize – perhaps the most important part of the backdrop to this tilt – is that he doesn’t have the upside Dickey has.

Examining 5dimes.eu reviews on this matchup will tell you that Dickey is showing signs of rounding into form and becoming more like the man who won the National League Cy Young Award last season. NFL betting experts with a fairly limited amount of baseball knowledge can see this as plainly as anyone else, at least if they read this excerpt from Ian Hunter of the Blue Jay Hunter blog site from July 2. Hunter talks about the way in which Dickey carved up the best hitter in baseball, Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera:

“The first two pitches barely missed the bottom of the zone, but then Dickey came back in with two consecutive fastballs to Cabrera. He watched the first one go by for a strike, but Cabrera fouled the next one off. I'd say that's very brave of Dickey to lay a couple of fastballs right down the heart of the zone for one of the best fastball hitters in the game. And then once Dickey planted the seed of doubt, he finished off Cabrera with a pair of knuckleballs. It's not very often when Miguel Cabrera looks completely overmatched in an at bat, but R.A. Dickey did exactly that. And the coolest part was that Cabrera visibly acknowledged that and nodded towards Dickey following the strikeout.

“Were it virtually any other hitter in baseball, this probably wouldn't warrant its own blog post, but the fact that it came against a guy who makes a living punishing pitchers around the Major Leagues makes it newsworthy. Again, this particular at bat wasn't a game-changing moment for R.A. Dickey, but it's the thing that will stand out the most to me from that game. Because it's not every day when Miguel Cabrera appears like a mere mortal, let alone that he admits he got beat.”

One would have to think that Dickey should be able to outpitch Diamond, leading Toronto to a rather comfortable victory.

 
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