Sunday, August 30, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Alfredo Simon (11-8) vs. Mark Buehrle (13-6)
The Toronto Blue Jays host the Detroit Tigers at Rogers Centre on Sunday. The probable starters are Alfredo Simon for the Tigers and Mark Buehrle for the Blue Jays. The opening line for this matchup has Detroit at +245 and Toronto at -270. The over/under was set at 9.5. The Tigers, with a 60-68 run line record, cover the spread 47% of the time. They also have a 67-56 over/under record. The Blue Jays are 71-57 against the run line and have a 60-60 over/under record. They cover the spread 56% of the time.
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The Tigers come into this game with a 60-68 record, and they are 30-33 away from home. Alfredo Simon has an earned run average of 4.89 and is 11-8 so far on the season while having a 1.43 WHIP. In his starts, the Tigers are 14-10 over his 141.2 innings pitched this season while giving up 150 hits during those innings. The Tigers are also 13-10 against the over/under in his starts. His teammates are averaging 4.8 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen's earned run average is currently 4.40 and they've given up 397 hits on the season. The bullpen has struck out 311 and walked 148 batters this season while opposing teams hit .270 against them. Detroit has a team average of 9.23 hits allowed per game and are averaging 6.99 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 4.49, they are 27th in the league.
Detroit ranks 1st in the league in team batting average at .273 while hitting .266 on the road. Ranked at 2nd in the league in on-base percentage, the Tigers sit at .330 and they hold a .431 team slugging percentage. With 156 hits, Ian Kinsler leads the team while his team ranks 1st in hits per game with 9.48.
With a 72-56 overall record, Toronto will come into this game 41-23 at home. Mark Buehrle is starting this game 13-6 for the season with an earned run average of 3.60 and a WHIP of 1.18. In his starts, the Blue Jays are 15-10 and he has allowed 170 hits over 165 innings pitched this season. The Blue Jays are also 14-9 against the over/under in his starts. His teammates score an average of 6.3 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen's earned run average is currently at 3.16 and they have given up 306 hits on the season. The Blue Jays bullpen has struck out 368 batters and walked 100 this season while opposing teams have hit .220 against them. Toronto has a team average of 8.49 hits per game and are averaging 7.04 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 3.80, they are 12th in the league.
They rank 7th in the league in team batting average with a .264 average while hitting .274 at home. Ranked at 1st in the league in on-base percentage, the Blue Jays sit at .333 and they hold a .446 team slugging percentage. With 147 hits, Josh Donaldson leads the team while his team ranks 8th in hits per game with 8.91.
The Tigers have committed 64 errors and have combined for 1,260 assists and 3,442 put outs leading to a .987 team fielding percentage. Over the course of this season, the Blue Jays have accumulated 71 errors while having 1,263 assists and 3,411 put outs leading to a .985 fielding percentage.
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
The Detroit Tigers are 67-56 against the over/under so far this season
The Detroit Tigers are 60-68 against the run line so far this season
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 60-60 against the over/under so far this season
The Toronto Blue Jays are 71-57 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
08/29/15 RF J.D. Martinez Rest is not expected to be in the starting lineup Saturday vs. Toronto Blue Jays
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
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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