Toronto Blue Jays vs. Detroit Tigers Free Preview

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The streaking Detroit Tigers are seeking their fifth consecutive win as they play host to the Toronto Blue Jays at Comerica Park. Fox Sports Detroit will showcase this AL showdown and the opening pitch will be at 1:10 p.m. ET.

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Detroit Tigers Odds

Toronto (+100) is the underdog against Detroit (-110) and Vegas has set the Over/Under for this afternoon’s game at 9 runs (+100 for the over and -120 for the under). Bettors can also wager on the games spread with the current runline odds standing at -210 for the Blue Jays +1.5 runs and +175 for the Tigers -1.5.

The Tigers are 28-30 SU and 33-24 ATS. The teams gained 6.1 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 5.4 units against the spread (ATS). Detroit has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the under has hit in four of those seven. The Blue Jays, on the other hand, have gone 25-33 SU this year and are 28-29 ATS. In total, the teams lost 8.3 units for moneyline gamblers and 3.5 units ATS. Toronto is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the total has gone over in five of those seven.

Tigers games have a 24-31-2 over/under record so far in 2018. Blue Jays games have gone over 26 times, gone under 23 times and pushed on eight occasions.

The right-handed Aaron Sanchez will get the nod for the visiting Blue Jays. Sanchez is 2-5 with a 4.77 ERA and 46 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Tigers this year and only made one start against them in 2017 (1-0, 0.00 ERA and four strikeouts across six innings).

The Tigers will turn to righty Michael Fulmer (2-4, 4.60 ERA), who has 52 strikeouts and 24 walks as well as a WHIP of 1.37. Fulmer only made one start against the Blue Jays in 2017 (1-0, 1.13 ERA and three strikeouts across eight innings).

As a unit, Detroit’s pitchers have yielded 4.5 runs per game overall in 2018. Its starters have a 4.16 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 7.0 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.35 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 8.2 K/9.

The Detroit hitters are putting up 4.3 runs per outing, including 5.1 per game over its last 10 games and 5.2 per game over their last five. The team has hit .300/.360/.482 over its last five contests and is 4-1 SU during that span.

The Tigers batters have been led by outfielder Nicholas Castellanos and third baseman Jeimer Candelario. Castellanos is slashing .342/.384/.536 with six home runs, 32 RBIs and 30 runs scored, and Candelario is batting .274 with nine homers, 24 RBIs and 28 runs.

For the visitors, Toronto’s pitchers have allowed 5.1 runs per game and its starters own a 5.45 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 8.12 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.80, along with a K-per-9 of 8.79.

Blue Jays hitters have slashed .228/.310/.405 on their way to 4.5 runs scored per game in 2018, including 3.3 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 3.2 per game over the teams last five outings (0-5 SU).

Toronto’s offensive production been led by outfielder Kevin Pillar and third baseman Yangervis Solarte, who have combined to launch 16 home runs. Pillar is slashing .260/.303/.428 with four home runs, 21 RBIs, 28 runs and nine steals, while Solarte is slashing .256/.316/.479 with 12 homers, 35 RBIs and 29 runs scored.

The Blue Jays have lost 0.9 units and are 16-18 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in 18 of those games, compared to 12 that’ve gone under against right-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Tigers have netted 0.7 units and are 22-19 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over has cashed in 14 of those games, compared to 25 that went under.

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Detroit Tigers Free MLB Tip

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

Betting Notes

  • Both teams have hit nine home runs over their last 10 outings.
  • Toronto has posted 17.3 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 16.8 over its last five.
  • The Blue Jays have lost six of their last seven games SU while the Tigers have won six of their last seven SU.