Detroit Tigers at Toronto Blue Jays 8/9/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 8/8/2014
Saturday, August 9, 2014, 1:07 PM on FSDT, RSN
Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Detroit Tigers - Scherzer, M (13-4) vs. Toronto Blue Jays - Stroman, M (7-3)
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Saturday afternoon, the Detroit Tigers will take the field behind Max Scherzer (13 – 4, 3.24 ERA) as they face the Toronto Blue Jays and Marcus Stroman (7 – 3, 3.49 ERA). It will be the 24th start for Scherzer and the 13th start and 18th appearance for Stroman.
Max Scherzer took the loss in his last outing and it was his first defeat in nearly 2 months. But the loss wasn’t Scherzer’s fault as he surrendered just 2 runs on 9 hits through 7 innings while walking 3 and striking out 4. Prior to the loss, Scherzer had gone 6 - 1 in his last 8 starts with the only loss coming in mid-June. Last season, Scherzer won the Cy Young after going 21 – 3 with an ERA of 2.90 in 32 starts.
In 2013, Scherzer won his only start against the Blue Jays. But he will have to keep an eye on Jose Bautista. Bautista is 8 for 14 (.571) against Scherzer with a homer and 3 RBIs.
Marcus Stroman was lit up in his last outing and it led to a loss. It was a short outing for Stroman as he allowed 5 runs and 7 hits in just 3 innings. He walked a batter and struck out 1. The loss broke a 3 game win streak for Stroman where he had allowed just a run in 3 outings. That stretch of games showed the promise that many in the Toronto organization saw in Stroman.
Stroman has never faced the Tigers but if he can shake off his last start and regain the form that gave him 3 wins in a row, he might add another victory to his stats.
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
Detroit Tigers are 56-50-5 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Detroit Tigers is 0.4
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
Toronto Blue Jays are 55-56-4 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Toronto Blue Jays is 0.3
Injuries to Watch
08/07/14 1B Miguel Cabrera Rest questionable
08/07/14 RF Torii Hunter Hand questionable
08/07/14 SS Eugenio Suarez Knee questionable
07/07/14 P Pat McCoy Hamstring 15-day DL (7/6)
06/25/14 P Luke Putkonen Elbow 60-day DL (4/19)
05/02/14 P Joel Hanrahan Elbow 60-day DL (5/2)
03/28/14 LF Andy Dirks Back 60-day DL (3/29)
03/28/14 P Bruce Rondon Elbow 60-day DL (3/29), out for season
03/27/14 SS Jose Iglesias Stress Fracture 60-day DL (3/29); out for season
Toronto Blue Jays
08/07/14 3B Brett Lawrie Back 15-day DL
07/31/14 1B Dan Johnson Hamstring 15-day DL (7/31)
07/09/14 RF Cole Gillespie Oblique 15-day DL (7/7)
07/09/14 1B Adam Lind Toe 15-day DL (7/8)
07/08/14 1B Edwin Encarnacion Quad 15-day DL (7/5)
05/04/14 P Brandon Morrow Hand 60-day DL (5/3)
04/14/14 2B Maicer Izturis Knee 60-day DL (4/14)
Josh's Pick: Take Detroit
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