Toronto Blue Jays (25-30) vs Detroit Tigers (24-30)Date : 06/01/2018
Time : 7:10 pm EST
Location : Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Toronto Blue Jays vs Detroit Tigers
Game 1 of a 3-game set between the reeling Toronto Blue Jays and the recently resurgent Detroit Tigers will take place at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan, beginning at 7:10 pm EST. Currently, due to their inconsistencies at the mound and at the plate, the Blue Jays are in 4th place within the AL East while the Tigers have picked up 4 of their last 5 games to rise to the 2nd place position within the AL Central division. This will be the 1st meeting of the year amongst these two teams, yet, both teams have split the last 6 games with the Tigers winning 2 of the last 3 in their last meeting at Comerica Park on 7-14-2017.
Toronto Blue Jays's Latest Performance :
The Blue Jays are losers of 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 3-1-1. Recently, Toronto would get swept in a 3-game home set versus the Angels on 5-24-2018 yet would recover and get a 3-game series win over the Philadelphia Phillies on 5-27-2018. The momentum would not transfer to their current 3-game road set versus the Boston Red Sox as the Jays lost 2 of the first games for the set with an 8-3 loss in game 2 on 5-29-2018.
For the season, the Toronto Blue Jays are averaging 4.64 runs per game (9th) with a team batting average of .229 (27th), 67 homers (6th) along with 21 stolen bases (23rd). Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.56 (24th) with 447 strikeouts (15th) along with 18 quality starts on the season (25th).
Kevin Pillar (.277 BA on 195 AB), Justin Smoak (.247 BA on 170 AB), and Yangervis Solarte (.267 BA on 195 AB) have been the offensive spearheads for the Toronto Blue Jays this season.
Pitcher JA Happ (7-3, 65.2 IP, 30 R, 55 H, 9 HR, 18 BB, 79 SO with an ERA of 3.84) has been the most consistent pitcher for the Blue Jay’s bullpen this year. Aaron Sanchez (2-4, 55.1 IP, 28 R, 50 H, 5 HR, 34 BB, 42 SO with an ERA of 4.07) and Marco Estrada (2-5, 55 IP, 33 R, 62 H, 12 HR, 17 BB, 41 SO with an ERA of 5.40) have not been as consistent, yet, very serviceable components for the Blue Jays.
Detroit Tigers's Latest Performance :
The Detroit Tigers have won 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 3-1-1. The Tigers would recently lose a 4-game road set against the Mariners on 5-20-2018 while also losing their following series to the Minnesota Twins in a 3-game road set on 5-23-2018 before returning to form in winning a 3-game home set versus the lowly Chicago White Sox on 5-27-2018. They are currently tied in a 4-game home set versus the Los Angeles Angels after losing game 2 by a score of 9-2 on 5-29-2018.
Currently, the Tigers are averaging 4.22 runs per game (20th) with a team batting average of .256 (7th), 48 homers (27th), along with 24 stolen bases (17th). Their pitching staff possesses an ERA of 4.37 (22nd) with 406 strikeouts (28th), along with 21 quality starts on the year (19th).
Miguel Cabrera (.323 BA on 93 AB), Nicholas Castellanos (.319 BA on 204 AB), and Leonys Martin (.249 BA on 169 AB) spearhead the Tiger offensive attack. Jeimer Candelario (.274 BA on 164 AB) along with Victor Martinez (.252 BA on 163 AB) have also been solid as well this season.
Michael Fulmer (2-4) has pitched 60.2 innings this year while allowing 34 runs on 59 hits, 8 homers, 24 walks, and 52 strikeouts with an ERA of 4.60 while Matthew Boyd (3-4) has pitched 57 innings while allowing 19 runs on 41 hits, 3 homers, 20 walks, and 45 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.00. Francisco Liriano (3-2) has also pitched 57.2 innings while allowing 25 runs on 41 hits, 8 homers, 29 walks, and 45 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.90.
How Toronto Blue Jays & Detroit Tigers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
For the season, the Blue Jays are 29-26 ATS while the O/U is 26-23-6. On the other hand, the Tigers are 28-26 ATS while the O/U is 24-28-2.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
The Tigers have certainly gained a bit of confidence recently while the Blue Jays continue to drop games night in and night out. Jaime Garcia (2-3) will get the start for the Blue Jays in Friday’s matchup while Blaine Hardy (1-0) will take the hill for the Tigers. Both are coming off solid outings while Hardy looks to obtain his 2nd straight win in as many starts. While Nickolas Castellanos (.500 BA on 2 AB), John Hicks (.500 BA on 2 AB), Jose Iglesias (1-1), JaCoby Jones (0-2), and Leonys Martin (2-2) have all had experience and success against Garcia in the past, Josh Donaldson (1-2), Luke Maile (1-1), Kendrys Morales (.333 BA on 9 AB), Justin Smoak (0-3), and Gio Urshela (0-2) have each had experience and a bit of success against Hardy in the past. It would be interesting to see how both the resurgent Tiger offense along with the Inconsistent Blue Jay lineup approach both pitchers.
Against The Spread Selection: Detroit Tigers
My reason for the pick :
There would be no way that I would back the Toronto Blue Jays at this point in the season, however, I will back the Tigers in this matchup as they are certainly playing better baseball. The Tigers have won 6 of their last 9 home games and are looking to increase their position within their division. On the other hand, the Jays are falling fast within the AL East, yet, continue to look for a spark that could possibly save their season. In all, expect the Tigers to perform well in front of their home crowd against a team that they have played well against lately.
Betting trends for Toronto Blue Jays:
- Betting Trends for Toronto Blue Jays
- The Blue Jays are 4-6 in last 10 road games
- The Blue Jays are 3-8 in last 11 games
- The Over is 3-1-1 in Blue Jays last 5 games
Betting trends for Detroit Tigers:
- Betting Trends for Detroit Tigers
- The Tigers are 6-2 in last 8 home games
- The Tigers are 4-1 in last 5 games
- The Under is 5-2-1 in Tigers last 8 games