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The Toronto Blue Jays are ready to square off against the Detroit Tigers in a Saturday showdown. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:10 p.m. ET and Fox Sports Detroit will broadcast this AL matchup.

Toronto Blue Jays at Detroit Tigers Odds

Toronto (receiving -120) is coming into this one as the favorite against Detroit (+110) and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under for this game at 10.5 runs. The odds for wagering on the game’s total currently sit at -115 for the over and -105 for the under. Bettors can also wager on the game’s spread with the runline odds sitting at +125 for the Blue Jays -1.5 runs and -145 for the Tigers +1.5.

The Tigers are just 29-64 straight up (SU) and 36-56 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 23.0 units for moneyline bettors and 26.1 units ATS. Detroit has covered the spread only once in its last seven games and the total went over in four of those seven. The Blue Jays have gone 37-62 SU this year and are 46-52 against the spread. Overall, the team’s lost 18.1 units for gamblers taking the moneyline and 11.7 units ATS. Toronto is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the under has cashed in five of those seven.

Neither side has established itself as a strong over/under bet this season. Detroit games have an over/under record of 43-43-6 thus far in 2019. The Blue Jays have an over/under record of 47-48-3.

Trent Thornton will get the start for the visiting Blue Jays. The right-handed Thornton is 3-7 with a 5.25 ERA and 97 strikeouts. He’s 0-0 with eight strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA against Detroit this year.

The Tigers are turning to Daniel Norris (2-8, 5.14 ERA). Norris has 79 punchouts and 25 walks, along with a 1.44 WHIP. Norris is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA against Toronto this year.

Detroit’s pitchers have given up 5.7 runs per game overall in 2019 as a unit. Its starting pitching staff has a 5.32 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 8.4 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 5.08 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 7.8 K/9.

The Detroit hitters have put up 3.6 runs per contest, including 3.9 per game over its last 10 games and 2.4 per game over their last five. The team has slashed .218/.259/.382 over its last five games and is 0-5 SU during that span.

The Tigers’ batters have been led by Nicholas Castellanos and Miguel Cabrera. Castellanos is hitting .280/.340/.467 with 10 home runs, 35 RBIs and 54 runs scored, and Cabrera’s line sits at .287/.350/.377 with five homers, 37 RBIs and 23 runs.

For the visitors, Toronto’s pitching staff allowed 5.2 runs per game and its starters own a 5.42 ERA, 1.53 WHIP and 7.16 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 4.28, along with a K/9 of 9.54.

Blue Jays hitters have slashed .233/.302/.409 on their way to 4.4 runs scored per game this season, including 4.5 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 6.8 per game over the team’s last five contests (2-3 SU).

Freddy Galvis and Randal Grichuk continue to lead Toronto’s hitters. Galvis is hitting .270/.307/.452 with 15 home runs, 47 RBIs and 45 runs scored, while Grichuk is slashing .232/.292/.416 with 16 homers, 43 RBIs and 43 runs scored.

The Blue Jays have gained 2.1 units and are 18-17 ATS when facing a lefty starter this season. The over has hit in 16 of those games, compared to 18 that’ve gone under against left-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Tigers have lost 22.5 units and are 27-47 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over’s cashed in 31 of those games, compared to 38 that went under the total.

Blue Jays at Tigers MLB Tip

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

Betting Trends

  • Toronto has logged 17 extra-base hits over its last five outings. Detroit has 13 XBH over its last five.
  • The Blue Jays have a total OPS of .710 this season and an OPS of .703 against left-handed pitchers. The Tigers’ OPS stands at .678 overall and .717 against southpaws.
  • The Tigers have dropped 10 of their last 11 games SU.
  • Detroit has posted 21.5 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 16.8 over its last five.
  • The Blue Jays have hit 10 home runs in their last 10 games, including seven over their last five.