The Minnesota Twins meet the Toronto Blue Jays in the opening game of the AL Wild Card Series at Target Field, Tuesday at 4:38 PM ET.

The Twins will give the ball to Pablo Lopez (11-8, 3.71 ERA), who is eyeing win No. 12 on the season, and the Blue Jays will turn to Kevin Gausman (12-9, 3.16 ERA).

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Twins vs. Blue Jays Pitcher Matchup Info

  • Date: Tuesday, October 3, 2023
  • Time: 4:38 PM ET
  • TV: ESPN
  • Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Venue: Target Field
  • Live Stream: Watch this game on Fubo!
  • Probable Pitchers: Lopez - MIN (11-8, 3.71 ERA) vs Gausman - TOR (12-9, 3.16 ERA)

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Twins Probable Starting Pitcher Tonight: Pablo Lopez

  • The Twins will send Lopez (11-8) to the mound for his 33rd start this season.
  • The right-hander's last appearance was on Wednesday, when he threw 4 1/3 innings against the Oakland Athletics, giving up three earned runs while allowing five hits.
  • The 27-year-old has pitched to a 3.71 ERA this season with 10.9 strikeouts per nine innings compared to 2.2 walks per nine across 32 games.
  • In 32 starts this season, he's earned 20 quality starts.
  • In 32 starts this season, Lopez has lasted five or more innings 29 times, with an average of 6.1 innings per appearance.
  • In 32 appearances this season, he has finished six without allowing an earned run.

Pablo Lopez vs. Blue Jays

  • The Blue Jays rank 14th in MLB with 746 runs scored this season. They have a .256 batting average this campaign with 188 home runs (16th in the league).
  • The right-hander has allowed the Blue Jays to go 5-for-21 with a triple, two home runs and four RBI in 5 2/3 innings this season.

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Blue Jays Probable Starting Pitcher Tonight: Kevin Gausman

  • Gausman (12-9) gets the starting nod for the Blue Jays in his 32nd start of the season. He's put together a 3.16 ERA in 185 2/3 innings pitched, with 237 strikeouts.
  • In his most recent appearance on Tuesday against the New York Yankees, the righty went seven scoreless innings while surrendering three hits.
  • The 32-year-old has an ERA of 3.16, with 11.5 strikeouts per nine innings in 31 games this season. Opponents have a .233 batting average against him.
  • Gausman is looking for his third straight quality start.
  • Gausman will aim to go five or more innings for his third straight appearance. He's averaging six frames per outing.
  • He is trying to make his third straight outing with no earned runs surrendered.
  • The 32-year-old's 3.16 ERA ranks sixth, 1.178 WHIP ranks 19th, and 11.5 K/9 ranks third among qualifying pitchers this season.

Kevin Gausman vs. Twins

  • The opposing Twins offense has the seventh-ranked slugging percentage (.427) and ranks third in home runs hit (233) in all of MLB. They have a collective .243 batting average, and are 19th in the league with 1332 total hits and 10th in MLB play scoring 778 runs.
  • Gausman has thrown 10 innings, giving up seven earned runs on 11 hits while striking out 12 against the Twins this season.

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