Friday, August 28, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Matt Boyd (1-4) vs. R.A. Dickey (8-10)
The Detroit Tigers take on the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday at Rogers Centre. The Tigers send Matt Boyd to the mound to face R.A. Dickey of the Blue Jays. The opening line for this matchup has Detroit at +220 and Toronto at -240. The over/under was set at 9.5. The Tigers, with a 60-66 run line record, cover the spread 47% of the time. They also have a 67-54 over/under record. The Blue Jays have a 60-58 over/under record and a 70-56 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 55% of the time.
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The Tigers head into this matchup with a 60-66 record, including 30-32 on the road. Matt Boyd has an earned run average of 7.04 and is 1-4 so far on the season while having a 1.63 WHIP. In his starts, the Tigers are 1-5 over his 30.2 innings pitched this season while giving up 43 hits during those innings. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 2-4. He is getting 2.5 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen has given up 395 hits on the season and have an earned run average of 4.43. Opposing teams are hitting .270 against the Tigers bullpen while walking 146 times and striking out 307 times. Detroit is averaging 6.97 strikeouts per game while getting 9.24 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 27th in baseball in team earned run average at 4.51.
As a team, Detroit is batting .275, good for 1st in the league while putting together a .268 average away from home. The Tigers on-base percentage sits at .332, which puts them at 2nd in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .433. Ian Kinsler leads the team in hits with 154 while the team ranks 1st in baseball with 9.57 hits per game.
With a 40-23 home record, Toronto will hope to improve on their 71-55 overall mark. R.A. Dickey is starting this game 8-10 for the season with an earned run average of 4.26 and a WHIP of 1.31. In his starts, the Blue Jays are 14-12 and he has allowed 162 hits over 167 innings pitched this season. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 12-11. He is getting 4.6 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen has given up 306 hits on the season and have a team earned run average of 3.18. Opposing teams are hitting .221 against the Blue Jays bullpen while walking 100 times and striking out 364 times. Toronto is averaging 7.02 strikeouts per game while getting 8.49 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 12th in the league in team earned run average at 3.80.
As a team, they are batting .264, good for 7th in the league while putting together a .273 average at home. The Blue Jays on-base percentage sits at .333, which puts them at 1st in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .446. Josh Donaldson leads the team in hits with 145 while the team ranks 8th in baseball with 8.92 hits a game.
In terms of team defense, the Tigers have a fielding percentage of .987 with 63 total errors, 1,246 assists and 3,391 put outs. The Blue Jays have committed 70 errors on the season with 1247 assists and 3,360 put outs leading to a team fielding percentage of .985 on the year.
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
The Detroit Tigers are 67-54 against the over/under so far this season
The Detroit Tigers are 60-66 against the run line so far this season
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 60-58 against the over/under so far this season
The Toronto Blue Jays are 70-56 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
08/27/15 P Shane Greene Illness out for season
08/20/15 P Anibal Sanchez Rotator Cuff Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/20)
08/20/15 P Daniel Norris Oblique Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/20)
05/24/15 P Kyle Lobstein Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (5/23)
05/08/15 P Joe Nathan Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/7), out for season
Toronto Blue Jays
08/27/15 C Russell Martin Rest is not expected to be in the starting lineup Thursday vs. Texas Rangers
07/29/15 2B Devon Travis Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/29)
05/10/15 RF Michael Saunders Knee Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (5/10)
04/06/15 2B Maicer Izturis Groin Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/27)
04/06/15 P Marcus Stroman Knee Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/6)
Tony's Pick: Take the Blue Jays
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