The Twins Improved Pitching Will be Tested by Blue Jays Offense

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The Minnesota Twins will look to stay hot over the weekend with the Toronto Blue Jays in town. The Twins have gone 18-6 during the month of May and are currently on a five-game winning streak. They are also 17-6 at home on the season and will look to keep the good mojo at home going this weekend.

The Twins improved pitching will be tested. The Blue Jays have scored the most runs in the league this season. Their 255 runs is 34 more than the team that’s second in runs scored. They’ve also hit 57 home runs, which puts them fifth in the league in that category.

3 Players to Watch

1. Ricky Nolasco is coming off his best start in a Twins uniform. Nolasco pitched 7.2 innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and striking out five batters. Nolasco has been the beneficiary of some great run support in the month of May, going 5-0 with a 3.77 earned run average. Nolasco made one start against the Blue Jays last season and gave up two home runs in a losing effort.

2. Trevor May has set career-highs in innings pitched in back-to-back outings. He pitched 6.2 innings in a winning effort against the Tampa Bay Rays and then pitched seven innings against the Chicago White Sox. May will get the ball in the series opener tonight. Can he make it three straight quality starts?

May 25, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins center fielder

Aaron Hicks

(32) makes a diving catch during the second inning against the Boston Red Sox at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports

3. Aaron Hicks has been a highlight reel in centerfield. Anything he provides with the bat is gravy. He’s currently hitting .240 and has reached safely in three of the last four games. He hit his first home run of the season on Wednesday.

The Twins are tied for first place in the American League Central and a big reason why is their home record. They’ve taken care of business at home. They’ll look to continue their home success this weekend against the Blue Jays. It should be an entertaining series as both teams are in the top ten in runs scored. Get your popcorn ready.

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