Sunday, July 5, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Marco Estrada (5-4) vs. Justin Verlander (0-1)
The Detroit Tigers host the Toronto Blue Jays at Comerica Park on Sunday. Marco Estrada is the probable starter for the Blue Jays and he'll face Justin Verlander of the Tigers. The opening line for this matchup has Toronto at +105 and Detroit at -115. The over/under was set at 8.5. The Blue Jays have a 39-37 over/under record and a 42-40 run line mark, meaning they cover 51% of the time. The Tigers have a 43-34 over/under record and a 37-42 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 47% of the time.
The Blue Jays come into this game with a 42-40 record, and they are 16-22 away from home. Starting pitcher Marco Estrada holds a 5-4 record with an earned run average of 3.58 and a WHIP of 1.15. He's pitched 75.1 innings thus far while surrendering 60 hits over that time and when he starts, the Blue Jays are 5-6. Against the over/under, the Blue Jays are 6-5 in his starts. His teammates are averaging 5.1 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen's earned run average is currently 3.53 and they've given up 211 hits on the season. Teams are hitting .224 against the bullpen while being struck out 253 times and walking 79 times this season. As a team, Toronto has allowed 8.68 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.24 batters per nine. They are 25th in the league in team earned run average at 4.19.
Toronto ranks 4th in the league in team batting average at .266 while hitting .250 on the road. Ranked at 2nd in the league in on-base percentage, the Blue Jays sit at .334 and they hold a .447 team slugging percentage. They rank 6th in baseball with 9 hits per game and Josh Donaldson leads the team with 97.
With a 40-39 overall record, Detroit will come into this game 21-22 at home. With an earned run average of 5.09, Justin Verlander will come into this game holding a 0-1 record and a 1.53 WHIP. He's pitched 17.2 innings thus far while surrendering 19 hits over that time in which the Tigers are 0-3. Against the over/under, the Tigers are 3-0 when he starts. His teammates score an average of 3.3 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen's earned run average is currently at 3.91 and they have given up 239 hits on the season. Teams are hitting .264 against the Tigers bullpen while being struck out 178 times and walking 81 times this season. As a team, Detroit has allowed 9.03 hits per nine innings while striking out 6.82 batters per nine. They are 24th in the league in team earned run average at 4.16.
They rank 1st in the league in team batting average with a .277 average while hitting .288 at home. Ranked at 1st in the league in on-base percentage, the Tigers sit at .335 and they hold a .421 team slugging percentage. They rank 1st in baseball with 9.63 hits per game and Miguel Cabrera leads the team with 97.
The Blue Jays have committed 46 errors and have combined for 810 assists and 2,178 put outs leading to a .985 team fielding percentage. For the home team, they hold a .987 team fielding percentage while committing 37 errors, accumulating 783 assists and compiling 2,135 put outs.
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 39-37 against the over/under so far this season
The Toronto Blue Jays are 42-40 against the run line so far this season
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
The Detroit Tigers are 43-34 against the over/under so far this season
The Detroit Tigers are 37-42 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Toronto Blue Jays
06/14/15 P Aaron Sanchez Side Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/6)
05/10/15 RF Michael Saunders Knee Injury is on the 15 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)
07/04/15 1B Miguel Cabrera Calf Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/3)
05/24/15 P Kyle Lobstein Shoulder Injury is on the 15 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
Tony's Pick: Take the Blue Jays
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