Detroit Tigers at Toronto Blue Jays Betting Preview

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The Detroit Tigers will play the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. This AL matchup will get going at 1:07 p.m. ET and fans can tune in to Fox Sports Detroit to catch the action.

Detroit Tigers at Toronto Blue Jays Odds

Detroit (+145) is hosting this game as the underdog against Toronto (-155) and Vegas has put the Over/Under for this one at nine runs. Odds for wagering on the games total stand at +105 for the under and -125 for the over. The games current runline odds sit at -150 for betting the Tigers +1.5 runs and +130 for the Blue Jays -1.5.

The Tigers are just 37-48 SU and have gone 45-39 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 0.4 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 1.1 units ATS. Detroit is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the total has gone under in five of those seven. The Blue Jays, on the other hand, are 39-44 SU and 39-43 ATS. They’ve lost 2.7 units for moneyline bettors and 8.4 units ATS. Toronto has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the under has cashed in four of those seven.

Blue Jays games have a 38-36-8 over/under record so far in 2018. The Tigers have been a good under bet with a total record of 34-48-2.

Mike Fiers will get the nod for the visiting Tigers. The right-handed Fiers (5-5, 4.04 ERA) has recorded 63 strikeouts in 84.2 innings so far. He has yet to face Toronto this year, but he did make two starts against the Blue Jays in 2017, compiling a 0-1 record against them with a 5.25 ERA and 12 strikeouts.

The Blue Jays are sending lefty Ryan Borucki (0-1, 3.00 ERA) to the hill. Borucki has three strikeouts and four walks to his name, as well as a 1.67 WHIP. Borucki did not record any MLB pitching stats last season.

Detroit’s pitching staff allowed 4.7 runs per game and its starters own a 4.26 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 7.21 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.64, along with a K/9 of 8.08.

The Tigers offense has slashed .247/.309/.392 on its way to 4.0 runs scored per game this year, including 3.0 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 3.2 per game over the teams last five outings (1-4 SU).

Detroit’s offensive production has been sparked by right fielder Nicholas Castellanos and shortstop Jose Iglesias. Castellanos is slashing .310/.357/.524 with 13 home runs, 53 RBIs and 43 runs scored, while Iglesias has a .273 average with two homers, 30 RBIs, 28 runs and 12 steals.

In the other dugout, Toronto’s pitching staff has given up 4.9 runs per game overall in 2018. The teams starters have an ERA of 4.88, a WHIP of 1.38 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 8.0. The bullpen has a 4.13 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 9.0 K/9.

Toronto’s hitters have put up 4.4 runs per contest, including 3.7 per game over its last 10 games and 2.8 per game over their last five. The team has hit .232/.300/.329 over its last five matchups and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.

Third baseman Yangervis Solarte and outfielder Kevin Pillar have led the Blue Jays offense this year. Solarte is slashing .252/.309/.448 with 15 home runs, 45 RBIs and 40 runs scored, while Pillar’s line is .251/.284/.412 with seven homers, 29 RBIs, 38 runs and 10 stolen bases.

The Tigers have gained 6.2 units and are 13-7 ATS when facing a lefty starter this season. The over has hit in 11 of those games, compared to nine that’ve gone under against left-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Blue Jays have netted 7.8 units and are 24-26 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over’s hit in 25 of those games, compared to 21 that’ve gone under.

Detroit Tigers at Toronto Blue Jays Free Prediction

Predictions: SU Winner – Blue Jays, ATS Winner – Tigers, O/U – UNDER

Betting Trends

  • Detroit has tallied 12 extra-base hits over its last five outings. Toronto has eight XBH over its last five.
  • Toronto has recorded 20.5 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 17.2 over its last five.
  • The Tigers have hit seven home runs in their last 10 games, including six over their last five.